USA vs Fiji live score, highlights, updates, and result from FIFA U20 World Cup 2023 in Argentina
The U.S. Under-20 national team looks to carry over its excellent start to the 2023 World Cup as they match up against Group B opponent Fiji on Tuesday.
Jonathan Gomez’s 93rd minute winner stunned Ecuador in their opening match of the tournament, with a 1-0 win that put the U.S. in prime position to reach the knockout stage.
They can confirm a place in the Round of 16 with a win today, taking on Oceania opposition Fiji, who are one of the weaker opponents in the field. Fiji were beaten 4-0 by Slovakia in their opening group stage match, putting them in an early hole.
The Americans will be expected to win, and win comfortably here, as goal differential could be a major factor in where they finish in the group standings. With one team that everyone beats up on, it’s the team that beats up on them most who could finish atop the standings. The United States will want to be ruthless in this match, and take their chances, as many or few as they come.
The Sporting News is following the USA vs Fiji U-20s match live, providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
Where things stand at U-20 @FIFAWorldCup. Top 2 teams plus 4 of 6 best third-place teams advance to the Round of 16.#U20MYNT pic.twitter.com/8Fvm9o5jVL
— U.S. Soccer YNT (@USYNT) May 22, 2023
USA U-20 vs Fiji live score
USA (4-3-3, right to left): 1. Slonina (GK) — 17. Che, 5. Craig, 4. Wynder, 3. Wiley — 8. McGlynn, 6. Edelman, 16. Wolff — 7. Sullivan, 19. Yapi, 13. Gomez.
Fiji (4-4-2, right to left): Mustahib (GK) — Fataul, Vasconcellos, Aiyas, Hussain — Razool, Laqueretabua, Ravai, Dunn — Rabuka, Ali.
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USA vs Fiji live updates, highlights, commentary
120 mins to kick: The winner on Saturday was scored by wide man Jonathan Gomez, who has some experience with the senior national team and will look to build towards a more regular role at that level. He had a fascinating — if not a little awkward — discussion with USMNT veteran DeAndre Yedlin on the new CBS Sports show Golazo, who gave the youngster some advice on advancing his career.
From one full-back to another, @yedlinny talks to the @USYNT‘s game-winning hero Jonathan Gomez whose injury-time goal vs. Ecuador secured an opening game win at the U-20 World Cup. 🤩 pic.twitter.com/zicho7tNhd
— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) May 22, 2023
USA vs Fiji lineups, team news
Electric winger Cade Cowell, who scored a brace in the team’s warmup friendly against Senegal last week, was suspended for the match against Ecuador after his part in an on-pitch fight in the U-20 CONCACAF Championships, but he returns vs. Fiji.
The USA are still missing Paxten Aaronson who was not released for duty by his club Eintracht Frankfurt, and the same goes for Jalen Neal of the struggling LA Galaxy. Kevin Paredes (Wolfsburg) and Rokas Pukstas (Hajduk Split) will not be with the team for the group stage, only joining up should the team advance to the knockout rounds due to club obligations.
USA projected starting lineup (4-3-3): Slonina (GK) — Che, Craig, Wynder, Wiley — McGlynn, Edelman, Wolff — Sullivan, Yapi, Gomez.
USA subs (12): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)
One down, more to come ✅
We go again Tuesday vs. Fiji pic.twitter.com/56yhFJpsrF
— U.S. Soccer YNT (@USYNT) May 21, 2023
MORE: USA U-20 World Cup roster, list of players in Argentina
Only one player on the Fiji roster plays their club ball outside of the Oceania region, with midfielder Josh Laqeretabua in the Charlton Athletic youth side. Everyone else on the squad plays in either Fiji, New Zealand, or Australia.
Midfielder Peter Ravai is also eligible to represent Scotland internationally, having been born in the European country, but he has yet to be called up. Midfielder Nabil Begg has two caps for the senior Fiji national team already at age 19.
Fiji projected starting lineup (4-4-2): Mustahib (GK) — Fataul, Vasconcellos, Aiyas, Hussain — Razool, Laqueretabua, Ravai, Dunn — Rabuka, Ali.
Fiji subs (12): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)
How to watch USA vs Fiji
- Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2023
- Time: 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT
- TV channel: FS2, Universo
- Streaming: Fubo, Fox Sports GO, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, Universo NOW, FIFA+
The match will be televised on FS2 (English) and Universo (Spanish), with both broadcasts available to stream on Fubo.
The English-language rights for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in the United States are held by Fox, with this match set to be televised on FS2. All matches from this competition can also be streamed on Fox’s subscription-based platform Fox Sports GO.
A Spanish-language broadcast is available on Universo, with streaming available via their platforms Telemundo Deportes En Vivo and Universo NOW.