The United States has learned its opponents for the U17 World Cup set to take place in India from October 6-28. It will be far from easy for the U.S. who have been drawn into Group A along with the host nation, Colombia and Ghana.
Under coach John Hackworth the Young Yanks took Mexico to penalty kicks in the CONCACAF Championship match before falling to their bitter rivals. Josh Sargent led the way for the Americans, scoring five goals to finish third at the regional championship.
Sargent was one of five Americans to make the First 11 for the CONCACAF event along with goalkeeper Justin Garces, fullback Jaylin Lindsey, center back James Sands, and center midfielder Chris Durkin.
Sargent impressed enough to earn a callup to the U.S. U20 World Cup team whose coach Tab Ramos indicated that Sargent may have outgrown this age group.
The fourth place finish in 1999 led by Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley is still the best result by the U.S. at the U17 World Cup.
Here are the groups.
Group A – India, USA, Colombia, Ghana
Group B – Mali, New Zealand, Turkey, Paraguay
Group C – Germany, Iran, Costa Rica, Guinea
Group D – Brazil, Spain, Korea DPR, Niger
Group E – France, Japan, Honduras, New Caledonia
Group F – Mexico, England, Iraq, Chile