The draw for the 2015 U-17 World Cup was held Thursday evening in Santiago, Chile, the host nation for this year’s prestigious youth tournament.
When the tournament kicks off on Oct. 17 (final scheduled for Nov. 8), the Americans will find themselves in yet another “group of death” — one of them, at least — where they’ll face the host nation Chile, defending U-17 World Cup champions Nigeria and perennial youth powerhouse Croatia in Group A.
Meanwhile, 2013 runners-up and the US’s bitter CONCACAF rivals, Mexico, have been handed an equally nightmarish Group C, which features European and South America powers Germany and Argentina, and Australia.
Full 2015 U-17 World Cup draw results:
Group A: Chile (hosts), Croatia, Nigeria, USA
Group B: England, Guinea, Brazil, South Korea
Group C: Australia, Germany, Mexico, Argentina
Group D: Belgium, Mali, Honduras, Ecuador
Group E: South Africa, Costa Rica, North Korea, Russia
Group F: New Zealand, France, Syria, Paraguay
The top two sides from each four-team group will advance to the round of 16, alongside the four third-place finishers with the most points won during the group stage.