The United States will look to avoid a second straight defeat when it takes on Asian champion Japan in Cariacica, Brazil in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup Wednesday at 7:50 p.m. ET.
After dropping their first match, a 4-0 decision to Senegal Sunday, the Americans will look to rebound at Estadio Kleber Andrade against the Japanese, who recorded a 3-0 victory over the Netherlands 30 (FS2, Universo)
The top two teams in each of the six U-17 groups plus the four best-ranked third-placed teams advance to the Round of 16.
The USA is 0-2-0 against Japan all-time at this tournament, falling in the 2001 group stage in Trinidad and Tobago and the 1995 group stage in Ecuador.
The U.S. is 6-7-1 all-time against Asian Football Confederation teams at the competition.
Defender Tayvon Gray will miss the match vs. Japan after receiving a red card in the 87th minute vs. Senegal.
This year marks Japan’s ninth appearance at the U-17 World Cup. The Samurai Blue reached the quarterfinals as host in 1993 and in 2011, its best performances at the tournament.
All 21 Japanese players are based in Japan, with the most players coming from Shonan Bellmare. Thirteen of 21 are on the books at clubs in the J1 League, Japan’s top flight.
Japan head coach Yoshiro Moriyama made seven appearances for his national team.