The forgotten Youth World Cups

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:

GROUP E

United Arab Emirates

Malawi

Spain

USA

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:

GROUP C

USA

Germany

Cameroon

Korea Republic

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.

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One Response

  1. Last time, the U-20 team was pretty star-studded. I can’t even think of anyone under the age of 20 for us now, though (unless Altidore and Adu count; both at 20).

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