U.S. learns U-20 World Cup group; Mexico draw brutal mates

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The United States U-20 men’s national team knows its group stage opponents for this summer’s World Cup in Poland.

Nigeria, Qatar, and Ukraine are the Baby Yanks’ Group D mates, and now Tab Ramos can begin a proper plan for a tournament run.

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The U.S. has twice made the quarterfinals of the tournament (2015, 2017) after a poor group stage in 2013 and a failure to qualify altogether in 2011.

The draw was far less kind to Mexico, who will face Italy, Ecuador, and Japan.

Two teams from every group advance out of the stage, while four of six third place teams will also make the knockout rounds.

USMNT forward Josh Sargent will be eligible but hasn’t been called up by the side since March due to senior team obligations.