The USA Under-20 Men's National Team has progressed to the Round of 16 in the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. But who will Tab Ramos's side be playing on June 10? The question will be settled by the last round of games in the tournament's Group C.
Portugal has already won the group, courtesy of back-to-back wins. The Portuguese are in imposing form, having scored seven goals and conceded none, but they will face their sternest test of the tournament to date when they play Colombia.
The USA will play the Group C runner-up in the next round. Currently, Colombia holds that position. The South American side has struggled to find the net, scoring just twice on its way to four points. That low-scoring tendency is why it is not at all certain Los Cafeteros will have sufficient firepower to get even the point they need against the Portuguese.
Still, if Colombia beats Portugal, then Colombia wins Group C and the USA can look forward to a game against the free-scoring Iberians. If the teams tie, then Los Cafeteros will be runners-up in the group, and provide opposition for the Americans in the next round.
If Portugal beats Colombia, however, then the other game in Group C is significant. Senegal and Qatar haven't had a great tournament to date. The Qataris have no points and no goals from two games; Senegal has scored once, and parlayed that into a point against Colombia, but lost 3-0 to Portugal.
Qatar has nothing left to play for but the satisfaction of not going home entirely empty-handed. Senegal could sneak into the next round if it wins its last group match and Portugal beats Colombia and those results combine to deliver the African team a better goal difference than that of the South Americans. If all those things happen, then Senegal will play the US in the Round of 16.
The two matches will kick off simultaneously, which means USA fans hoping to catch a bit of both will need to divide their attention.