KENYA BROWN - Monday, August 10, 2015
The United States Under-17 national team will have their work cut out for them as they were placed in Group A on Thursday at the 2015 Under-17 World Cup draw in Chile.
In order to get to the knockout stages of the tournament, the youngsters will have to get past opponents Nigeria, Croatia and the host Chile.
While the U.S. has been placed in a rather tough group, U-17 head coach Richie Williams believes his team is more than welcome to the challenge of
"It's always good when you know your opponents and can really start to prepare for what's ahead. It's an exciting moment and we're ready to get to work. Chile, Croatia and Nigeria are strong teams, and we know it's going to be a challenging group. We're confident in our players and are looking forward to the World Cup," said Williams on the U.S. Soccer website.
This U.S. team will be looking to do better than the previous team at the 2011 World Cup in which they finished second in their group, but were eliminated in the Round of 16 after a 4-0 loss to Germany.
The United States will start their World Cup campaign off with their first Group A game against Nigeria on Oct. 17 in Santiago. They will then take on Croatia on Oct. 20 and wrap group against Chile on Oct. 23.