U.S. gets decent draw for U-20 World Cup in New Zealand

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The United States knows its fate for the 2015 U-20 World Cup, and it isn’t a bad one.

The Yanks will face hosts New Zealand along with Myanmar and Ukraine in a quest to get out of Group A.

The U.S. hasn’t been out of the group stage since 2007, and has never placed better than fourth.

The U-20 side has lost just thrice since 2014 — to Panama, River Plate and Canada — posting a 13-3-3 record overall.

Coach Tab Ramos was pleased to know his squad’s fate:

“It’s always an exciting moment to know your group as the reality sets in for the World Cup stage,” said U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos. “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.”

 

New Zealand was pretty happy with its draw, too:

Former senior All Whites captain and EPL player Danny Hay felt the draw provided the under-20s with a massive opportunity.

“I didn’t want to smile too much on stage but from NZ’s perspective, obviously as a proud Kiwi, I think that’s a very good draw,” Hay said.

“USA’s going to be a tough one, but I think all-in-all we’ve come away with a genuine chance of getting out of the group.”

The tournament runs May 30-June 20.