Round of 16 Previews

#1 Liberia vs. #16 Turkey It’s no surprise that the back-to-back champions are the number one seed again. Liberia hasn’t allowed a goal all tournament. Could this be the game that they finally do? Turkey has shown great composure over the first month of the tournament and could give the defending champs an early test 

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Golden Boot Update

Heading into the Round of 16, we have nine players within three goals of the lead for the Golden Boot award. Thales Silva (Brazil) and Vasili Laurankou (Ukraine) are leading the way with nine goals apiece. Meanwhile, Matt Poole (Ireland), Kevin Curran (USA), and Glenn Leitch (USA) are close behind with 8. Brazil: Thales Silva, 

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The knockout rounds are here, and our bracket is ready! The final rounds of the Unity Cup are about as unpredictable as they can get, which makes guessing the outcomes so much fun. By participating in our bracket challenge, you can weigh in with your predictions! Learn about the top 16 teams on our Results 

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#20 Turkey vs. #13 Gambia In this match-up, we have a battle between two teams with a 2-2 record. Gambia was able to win their group after upsetting Colombia, while Turkey edged out Guatemala on the last weekend to sneak in. Both teams have quality wins on their schedules, which leaves us to believe this 

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For the first time in the brief four-year history of the Unity Cup, team bye weeks (off weeks) have been in play as part of the tournament. While this enables teams to rest injured players and enjoy vacation, it also totally changes the dynamic for the final weekend of group matches. Let’s take a look 

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Winners: Newcomers to the Tournament Burkina Faso and Palestine are both 2-0 and are moving onto the knock-out rounds. Burkina Faso has a greater opportunity to be a top-6 seed, with a bye into the round of 16 if they can knock off Italy. Palestine will definitely be in the knock-out round, but their path 

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Winners: Vietnam and South Korea Who would have guessed Vietnam would be on a two-game Unity Cup win streak? Even more unlikely, they have knocked off consecutive African nations (Kenya and Togo). Team Vietnam has grown every year, and the commitment to soccer in not just the Vietnamese, but entire Asian community, is paying dividends. 

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Group J: Ukraine, Morocco, Argentina, Poland Group J is going to be a very interesting group to watch. Led by Ukraine, Group J also includes Poland, who is returning after a two-year hiatus, as well as Morocco and Argentina, both of whom missed the knockout round by tiebreakers last year. We believe Ukraine will make 

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Group G: Ireland, Democratic Republic of Congo, Peru, Myanmar Group G could be a surprising group in this year’s group stage. We expect Ireland to advance with ease, but the second team to come out of the group could end up being a tossup. Congo was in a tough group last year with Puerto Rico 

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Group D: Honduras, Kenya, Guatemala, Turkey In this year’s Group D, we have a clear cut favorite to win the group in Honduras. Honduras always comes out and wins games in the group stage, but they have struggled making any noise in the knockout rounds. Will this be the year that this trend changes? Competing 

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