The Kiwis finished second in the group ahead of CONCACAF side Honduras, winning once and drawing once. They allowed three goals and scored three goals in those matches.
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Meanwhile, the U.S. have won once and drawn twice in a tough group, which was enough for the top spot. While it’s not smart to underestimate your opponent at any level, they’ll be satisfied that their status as group winner has netted them a manageable RO16 opponent. A much more reasonable opposition than the 2015 team had in Colombia at this stage of the competition.
The favorable bracket comes as a welcome sight for the Americans as they’ll be without three of their starters for this one. Cameron Carter-Vickers, Derrick Jones and Aaron Herrera are all out due to suspension. Ramos will have several decisions to make on how to replace them in the lineup. Our Adam Snavely wrote about one possibility here.