USA to face European and Asian champions at boys U-17 World Cup

The USA was drawn into Group D along with Senegal, Japan and Netherlands for the boys U-17 World Cup, hosted by Brazil Oct. 26-Nov. 17.

The USA, which two years ago reached the quarterfinals at the U-17 World Cup in India, qualified as Concacaf runner-up to Mexico, which faces Solomon Islands, Italy and Paraguay in Group F. The top two finishers in each of the six groups and the four best third-place finishers advance to the round of 16.

Oct. 27 USA-Senegal in Cariacia.
SENEGAL, which is making its U-17 World Cup debut, failed to reach the knockout stage of the African U-17 Championship but replaced runner-up Guinea as a World Cup qualifier after Guinea was disqualified for using two overage players. Senegal had lost, 2-1, to Guinea after ties with Morocco (1-1) and Cameroon (0-0). Cameroon won the African title.

Oct. 30 USA vs. Japan in Cariacia
JAPAN, which reached the round of 16 two years ago, qualified as Asian champion. It beat Australia, 3-1, in the semifinals and Tajikstan, 1-0, in the final. Japan's best U-17 World Cup performance came with a quarterfinal run in 2011. The USA has faced Japan twice at the U-17 World Cup with Japan winning both group-stage games, in 1995 and 2001.

Nov. 2 USA vs. Netherlands in Goiania
NETHERLANDS won the 2018 and 2019 U-17 European Championships. In the 2019 Euros, the Dutch beat Belgium, 3-0, in the quarterfinals, Spain, 1-0, in the semifinals, and Italy, 4-2, in the final. The Dutch return to the U-17 World Cup after failing to qualify for the four previous tournaments. In three U-17 World Cup appearances, the Dutch finished in third place in 2005, and failed to advance out of the group stage in 2009 and 2011. The Netherlands and the USA have met once at a U-17 World Cup, with Dutch winning, 2-0, in a 2005 quarterfinal clash.

Defending champion England, which beat the USA, 4-1, in the 2019 U-17 World Cup quarterfinals, failed to qualify for this year's U-17 World Cup.

The USA and host Brazil hold the record for most U-17 World Cup appearances, each having qualified for 17 of the 18 editions. Brazil, which has won the title three times, finished third in 2017. The USA's best finish was fourth place in 1999.

2 comments about "USA to face European and Asian champions at boys U-17 World Cup".
  1. Goal Goal, July 11, 2019 at 11:06 p.m.

    Better take some players that are better ball handlers than long distance runners.

  2. beautiful game, July 12, 2019 at 8:51 a.m.

    Groups A&B like an early Christmas present.

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