The USA vs Ghana FIFA U-20 World Cup match will be this Thursday, June 27, 2013 (10:00 AM PST) at the Kadir Has Stadium. Both teams will face their toughest test in this competition not because of the rival’s quality, but because the winner of this one will have a great opportunity of qualifying into the next round as a top 3rd place seed. Neither the United States now Ghana have won a match in their first two matches in Group A (France, Spain), although the USA has the slight advantage as they earned a point last game.
The United States are in a great position to qualifying into the next round. They have not done great in this U20 World Cup, but that may be in great part due to the fact that they have faced two nations favorite to win the tournament. In their first match against Spain, the USA looked as the much inferior team and lost by a large margin, 4-1. In their second match, things did not change much offensively against France, but the defense improved drastically and were also able to obtain a late equalizer which have them with life in this tournament.
The 2009 U20 champs, Ghana, have not been as lucky as the USA. They also require to win the 3 points, but that will not guarantee them a spot in the next round as they have a poor goal differential (-3). In order to qualify into the next round, they will have to win by at least a 2 goal differential and hope that the other 3rd place teams do poorly in their last matches.
USA vs Ghana Prediction
The USA vs Ghana match will be a close encounter between two teams that will give everything to access the next round. While Ghana has already lost its 2 first matches, they are in a state of anxiousness and will play desperately in order to obtain the 3 points. The United States have done weakly on offense, and that may be a problem once again on Thursday. Nonetheless, The USA vs Ghana match will be decided by who has the higher concentration and that will be the United States. The match will end in a 2-1 win for the stars-and-stripes, and that will allow them to qualify into the next round as one of the top 3rd place teams.
USA vs Ghana Television
The USA vs Ghana FIFA U-20 World Cup match will be televised this Thursday, June 27, 2013 on ESPNU at 10:00 AM Pacific.
The U-20 Spain vs France match will be broadcast online also on Thursday on ESPN3.