The United States under-17 men’s national team kick off their 2019 World Cup with a Group D matchup against Senegal. Raphael Wicky’s side has drawn rave reviews for its exciting and attacking style of play.
Some of the names you’re likely familiar with. Players like Giovanni Reyna, Ricardo Pepi, Gianluca Busio, Daniel Leyva and Kobe Hernandez featured heavily in this spring’s Concacaf Championship. The U.S. finished as runner-ups in that tournament, losing to Mexico in the final. All of the above listed names except for Pepi were named to the tournament’s Best XI.
The American’s preparations for the tournament hit a bump when lost 4-1 to hosts Brazil recently. However, the talent this team possesses is obvious. As usual, the overall result plays a secondary role to getting an idea of the individual talent we’re producing at this level. The more talent that comes through, the better the chances of producing top level talent down the road. Players like Christian Pulisic and Tyler Adams played in this tournament in 2015 and impressed. So, yes, this level doesn’t always translate to national team stars or success, but in some cases it definitely can.
United States lineup:
How to Watch
Advertised Kickoff Time: 4:00p.m. ET, 1:00p.m. PT
Venue: ESTÁDIO KLEBER JOSÉ DE ANDRADE; CARIACICA, ESPÍRITO SANTO, BRAZIL
Available TV: FOX Sports 1, Telemundo
Available Streaming: fuboTV (Free Trial), FOX Sports Go
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