Tunisia, who took all three points against Belgium in their first match, take on a USA side still smarting from their opening-game defeat against Tajikistan. Tunisia will be keen for a second victory to secure their place in the next round, while the USA will be equally determined to take the points to make amends for their poor start.
With the setback against Tajikistan coming on the back of a warm-up defeat to Nigeria (1-2) at the same ground, the Stars and Stripes will be hoping to make it third time lucky at the Changwon Main Stadium this Thursday. Coach John Hackworth has pinpointed the lack of focus as the main reason for their opening defeat, while captain Mykell Bates has called for more passion. Furthermore, the Americans will have to deal with a late-afternoon kick-off against the North Africans, when temperatures will be considerably higher than during their opening game, an 8pm start. Tunisia, for their part, will take a psychological edge into the fixture, knowing that a point would all but seal their passage into the Round of 16.
Tunisian midfielder Oussama Boughanmi is ineligible to play after being sent off for two yellow cards against Belgium.
The two sides have never met in a FIFA youth tournament. However, at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, the USA beat Tunisia 2-0, for whom current coach Maher Kanzari came on as a substitute. In a friendly between the two senior sides in 2000, the pair played out a 1-1 draw.
"We lost our first match but it's not over yet. We can still pick up six points from our two remaining games. We'll start over and analyse our strengths and weaknesses in preparation for the match against Tunisia." John Hackworth,USAcoach
"We're on a run. Whoever we play next we'll do our best to beat." Maher Kanzari,Tunisiacoach