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USA look to keep clean slate, must-win game for Colombia

Navi Mumbai: Title contenders the United States of America would like to keep their all-win record intact against a desperate Colombia, who are unlikely to settle for anything less than a victory in a group A encounter of the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Thursday.

USA are already through to the round of 16 with back-to- back win against hosts India (3-0) and Ghana (1-0).
Colombia on the otherhand had lost to Ghana 0-1 in their opening encounter before getting full points against India with a narrow 2-1 win.
With Ghana likely to press hard for a win against India, Colombia would like to win the US encounter rather than wait for the best third place result.
With their berth in the next round confirmed, USA would be eager to play aggressive brand of football and challenge their South American opponents from the onset.
Captain and striker Josh Sargent, Tim Weah, son of former FIFA World Player of the Year and Liberia great George Weah, will be eager to pump home a few more goals before the knock out rounds start.
A win against Colombia will be a morale booster for USA before their clash in the next round and the coach would expect that his boys end the group stage on a high note.
To stay alive, they would need a win and that is what the players will aim for.

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