U-20 World Cup draw is kind to USA

0210wc sked The USA will face Myanmar, host New Zealand and Ukraine in group play at the 2015 U-20 World Cup May 30-June 20. The draw was much kinder to Coach Tab Ramos’ team than two years ago.

At the 2013 U-20 World Cup in Turkey, Ramos’ team was drawn with three tournament favorites -- European champion Spain, 2009 U-20 World Cup Ghana and eventual 2013 champion France – and exited in the first round. Ghana finished third in 2013.

Myanmar, making its U-20 World Cup debut, clinched qualification by upsetting UAE, 1-0, the Asian quarterfinals. New Zealand, which qualified as host, is winless in three U-20 World Cup appearances and lost all three of its games in Turkey 2013.

"It's always an exciting moment to know your group as the reality sets in for the World Cup stage," said Ramos said in a press release. "New Zealand, Ukraine and Myanmar will certainly prove to be formidable opponents. At this phase, every country is a challenge, so we will need to be clicking on all cylinders tactically, physically and mentally. We made great strides during the qualifying tournament, and we're confident that with our deep pool of players that we can have a successful run at the World Cup."

2015 U-20 World Cup Draw:
Group A -- New Zealand, Ukraine, USA, Myanmar
Group B
-- Argentina, Panama, Africa 3, Austria
Group C -- Qatar, Colombia, Portugal, Africa 4
Group D
-- Mexico, Africa 2, Uruguay, Serbia
Group E -- Africa champion, Brazil, North Korea, Hungary
Group F -- Germany, Fiji, Uzbekistan, Honduras

The top two finishers in each group and four best third-place teams advance to the round of 16.

Under-20 World Cup Schedule:
GROUP A

May 30 in Auckland
New Zealand vs. Ukraine
May 30 in Whangarei
USA vs. Myanmar
June 2 in Whangarei
Myanmar vs. Ukraine
June 2 in Auckland
New Zealand vs. USA
June 5 in Wellington
Myanmar vs. New Zealand
June 5 in Auckland
Ukraine vs. USA

GROUP B
May 30 in Wellington
Argentina vs. Panama
May 30 in Wellington
Africa 3 vs. Austria
June 2 in Wellington
Argentina vs. Africa 3
June 2 in Wellington
Austria vs. Panama
June 5 in Wellington
Austria vs. Argentina
June 5 in Auckland
Panama vs. Africa 3

GROUP C
May 31 in Hamilton
Qatar vs. Colombia
May 31 in Hamilton
Portugal vs. Africa 4
June 3 in Hamilton
Qatar vs. Portugal
June 3 in Hamilton
Africa 4 vs. Colombia
June 6 in Hamilton
Africa 4 vs. Qatar
June 6 in Dunedin
Colombia vs. Portugal

GROUP D
May 31 in Dunedin
Mexico vs. Africa 2
May 31 in Dunedin
Uruguay vs. Serbia
June 3 in Dunedin
Mexico vs. Uruguay
June 3 in Dunedin
Serbia vs. Africa 2
June 6 in Hamilton
Africa 2 vs. Uruguay
Junr 6 in  Dunedin
Serbia vs. Mexico

GROUP E
June 1 in New Plymouth
Africa champion vs. Brazil
June 1 in New Plymouth
North Korea vs. Hungary
June 4 in New Plymouth
Africa champion vs. North Korea
June 4 in New Plymouth
Hungary vs. Brazil
June 7 in Christchurch
Brazil vs. North Korea
June 7 in New Plymouth
Hungary vs. Africa champion

GROUP F
June 1 in Christchurch
Germany vs. Fiji
June 1 in Christchurch
Uzbekistan vs. Honduras
June 4 in Christchurch
Germany vs. Uzbekistan
June 4 in Christchurch
Honduras vs. Fiji
June 7 in Christchurch
Honduras vs. Germany
June 7 in Whangarei
Fiji vs. Uzbekistan

2 comments about "U-20 World Cup draw is kind to USA".
  1. Gus Keri, February 10, 2015 at 11:02 a.m.

    "New Zealand, Ukraine and Myanmar will certainly prove to be formidable opponents," Ramos said. "The group of death," I think Klinsmann would prefer it to be called.

  2. James Froehlich, February 10, 2015 at 5:43 p.m.

    If you are seriously interested in the development of US young professionals, you need to read the attached interview with Brian Kleiban coach of the Chivas Development Academy. If you don't know Brian Kleiban then you need to!! His students will soon be all over the USMNT. They are working their way up the ladder as we speak! http://www.topdrawersoccer.com/club-soccer-articles/chivas-usa-academy-leading-the-pack_aid35804

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