U.S. U-17s draw Czech Rep., Uzbekistan and New Zealand for World Cup

U.S. U-17s draw Czech Rep., Uzbekistan and New Zealand for World Cup

Under-17 World Cup

U.S. U-17s draw Czech Rep., Uzbekistan and New Zealand for World Cup

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The path to Mexico City is set.

The United States Under-17 national team learned the identities of its opponents for the group stage of this summer's FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico in Tuesday's draw.

The Americans will open Group D play on June 19 against the Czech Republic in Torreon. Three days later they'll face Uzbekistan in the same venue before traveling to Pachuca for a June 25 encounter against New Zealand.

New Zealand won the Oceania U-17 qualifying tournament, Uzbekistan was the runner up in the Asian championships and the Czech Republic finished third in its UEFA U-17 qualifying group to secure its bid. The United States won the CONCACAF U-17 tournament in February.

Should the United States win its group, it would face a third-place finisher in the Round of 16. If Wilmer Cabrera's squad finishes in second, it would face the winner of Group E (Germany, Panama, Ecuador, Burkina Faso). The top four third-place teams also advance to the knockout stage.

Here's all six groups for this summer's event:

FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP

Group A

  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • North Korea
  • Congo

Group B

  • Argentina
  • France
  • Japan
  • Jamaica

Group C

  • England
  • Uruguay
  • Canada
  • Rwanda

Group D

  • United States
  • Czech Republic
  • Uzbekistan
  • New Zealand

Group E

  • Germany
  • Ecuador
  • Panama
  • Burkina Faso

Group F

  • Brazil
  • Ivory Coast
  • Australia
  • Denmark

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