Following their win over the Czech Republic, USA will be looking to stamp their authority on the tournament with a second consecutive victory that could well be enough to guarantee them a berth in the second round. Uzbekistan, meanwhile, will be hoping to bounce back in the wake of their big loss to New Zealand.
The USA were impressive in their first game, Cabrera’s boys managing to be effective while still playing an attractive brand of football, and if they continue where they left off, are sure to add to their three-goal tally in the tournament. The side is built around the impressively talented midfield line of Alejandro Guido, Marc Pelosi and Paul Arriola and if these young playmakers are allowed to dictate the tempo of the match, a USA win is on the cards.
Things are less rosy for Uzbekistan, whose players seemed overwhelmed by the occasion against New Zealand, conceding four goals and leaving them with much to do. The team’s focus will be to get their campaign back on track and take full advantage of the opportunities left open to them.
24 – The number of shots on goal taken by the Uzbekistan attack against New Zealand. They hit the back of the net just once and went down 4-1.
“We had a great game against the Czech Republic and its up to the players to prove to everybody that they deserved that win. We won’t be taking our opponents lightly. We’ll try even harder to keep winning and earn the respect of the public,” Wilmer Cabrera USA coach.
“We didn’t perform as expected in our first game; we made a lot of basic errors and were beaten convincingly. The players have to get over their nerves and show another side to their game in our second match,” Uzbekistan coach Aleksey Evstafeev.