[UNDER-17 WORLD CUP] The USA, which won only one knockout game in its 13 previous appearances at the Under-17 World Cup, faces a tall order in Thursday's match against Germany in Queretaro (TV: ESPNU, ESPN3.com, live, 4 p.m. ET). With three wins by a margin of 11-1, no team came close to matching Germany's performance in the group stage of the Under-17 World Cup.
Coach Steffen Freund's team is led by Samed Yesil, Levent Aycicek, Okan Aydin and Mitchell Weiser, who all have two goals apiece.
The European runners-up reflect the multi-ethnic approach Germany has taken to building its national team program.
Yesil, Aycicek and Aydin are among seven players of Turkish origin on the team.
Midfielder Rani Khedira, whose older brother Sami signed with Real Madrid after a sensational 2010 World Cup for Germany, was born to a father from Tunisia and mother is from Germany.
Goalie Odisseas Olachodimos is Greek.