USA vs France U-20 FIFA World Cup – June 24, 2013 Preview

USA vs France U-20 FIFA World Cup – June 24, 2013 Preview

USA vs France June 23 2013
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The USA vs France FIFA U-20 World Cup match will be this Monday, June 24, 2013 (8:00 AM PST) in Istanbul.  The U.S. Men’s National Team play a decisive match against a tough opponent in which a loss will eliminate them from the World Cup in Turkey.  France on the other hand, is in a position where they need a win to secure their pass into the next round of the youth competition.  The United States and France are part of Group A, which also is formed by Spain and Ghana.

Last Friday, the United States began their participation in the competition when they faced tournament favorites Spain.  The USA needed to play a perfect game, however they did the opposite of that and lost 4-1.  The performance in that game was disastrous, as the team could not control the ball, the forwards could not coordinate with the rest of the team, and the defense did not pressure the opponents.

In order to obtain a positive result against France, the United States will need to improve on their defense. The back line cannot allow opponent strikers to control the ball and take shots as easily as Spain did.  If the team can fix that great issue, then that will allow the midfield to obtain more possession thus giving the forwards more scoring opportunities.

The U.S. is in a stressful situation, as a loss will eliminate them from the competition, while a tie will put a lot of pressure on their final match in the group stage.  The Spain vs Ghana match (11:00 AM PST on Univision Deportes) could be the final factor in determining if the U.S. will be eliminated on Monday.

USA vs France Prediction

The United States seemed nervous and without an idea of their true style in their loss against Spain.  Against France they face another cup favorite who also won by a good margin of goals in their first match, and who possesses various interesting strikers.  If the U.S. cannot fix their serious issues on defense, there is not much they will be able to do in order to gain the 3 points.  The USA vs France match will end 2-1 in favor of France.

USA vs France Television

The USA vs France U-20 World Cup match will be televised this Monday, June 24, 2013 on ESPN 2 and Univision Deportes at 8:00 AM Pacific.