The North Americans were undone by some poor second-half finishing as they crashed to a 2-1 defeat to Spain in their group opener. Failing to build on Jack McInerney's early strike and a Spanish red card, Wilmer Cabrera's side passed up a golden opportunity to launch their Nigeria 2009 campaign with a valuable win.
New boys Malawi were also left to rue their misfortune against United Arab Emirates, strikers Tonny Chitsulo and Bruno Milanzi both hitting the post in a scoreless first half before United Arab Emirates took control in the second. Their first-day nerves now behind them, the Young Flames will be hoping their offensive firepower can overcome the Americans in what is a make-or-break game.
2 - An unlucky number for the Malawians on their maiden outing at the FIFA U-17 World Cup. The African newcomers had two men sent off against UAE, hit the woodwork twice and conceded two decisive goals to the middle Easterners in the second half.
"We've digested the defeat and we're now focusing on the next game. We have two games left and six points to play for and we're not out of it yet. We had chances against Spain but we couldn't put them away. I'm expecting us to create even more against Malawi but if we're going to do anything at this World Cup we need to start converting them." USA coach Wilmer Cabrera
"We'll be changing things round for the USA game and we're going to play a totally different game to the one we did against UAE. We had two players sent off, which means we'll have to rearrange the team and face the challenge of this second game as well as we possibly can." Malawi coach John Kaputa