It’s been in the back of my mind all summer that the U-17 and U-20 World Cups were approaching, but I wasn’t sure who, what, where, when, why, etc. Well, the U-17 World Cup draw just happened, and it doesn’t look too bad:
United Arab Emirates
Based on my limited knowledge of the U-17 game, I’d say the USA should be a favorite to make it out of their group. Apparently the U-20 draw happened a while ago. This one looks pretty tough:
Again, based on my limited knowledge of the U-20 game, all of these teams could be pretty tough. The African teams always seem to out-perform their seniors in the big competitions. I believe the US drew with Korea in the last U-20 World Cup (yes, different groups of players, but I don’t have a lot to work on here). Germany…well, they’re Germany. And last time I checked, our boys were being coached by Thomas Rongen.
Anyway, the U-20s will be playing from September 24th to October 16th, and the U-17s will play from October 24th to November 15th. We’ll try to keep any eye on those tournaments when they roll around…maybe we’ll try to do a brief preview for each.