The 2017 U-17 World Cup kicks off in India on Friday with 24 teams from across six confederations battling it out to be crowned the best youth national team on the planet.
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For the U.S. national team, they’ve been placed in Group A with hosts India and that is who they face in their first game of the tournament on Friday in New Delhi before taking on Ghana in New Delhi and Colombia in Navi Mumbai.
John Hackworth’s U.S. side include plenty of stars for the future with Jack Sargent (who starred at the U-20 World Cup for the U.S. and has been named skipper), Tim Weah and Ayo Akinola looking to provide the goals up top. They have spent time in Dubai preparing for the tournament but are now in India ahead of Friday’s kick off.
The pre-tournament favorites are Germany, England, Brazil and France, with Mexico’s youngsters also favored.
As for the U.S., they failed to win a game at the last U-17 World Cup in Chile in 2015 and were knocked out in the group stage and their best-ever finish in this tournament was fourth in 1999 when Landon Donovan won the Golden Ball award in New Zealand. They are expected to make a run to the at least the quarterfinals this time around.
Below is a look at the six groups for the tournament which starts on Oct. 6 and runs until Oct. 28.
You can stream every game live online via Telemundo by clicking on the link above.