It's been a tournament that can launch careers and bring players in the spotlight. With less at stake than the full blown World Cup, the U-20 is still a chance to get a look at some of the game's best and brightest talents across the globe. Two years ago, Alexander Pato made a name for himself, while Freddy Adu and Danny Szetela secured European moves on the back of decent performances in Canada.
Action begins today with hosts Egypt taking on Trinidad & Tobago. 24 nations are in the mix, including Brazil, Spain, Australia, England and some lesser knowns like Tahiti and Uzbekistan. All games will be carried on ESPN networks and ESPN360, including today's opener.
So who will make a name for himself this time around? ESPN takes a look at some players to watch out for. Spain has a fairly talented side, with Arsenal's Fran Merida and Atletico Madrid's Sergio Asenjo among the bigger names, though Barcelona's Bojan Krcic misses out due to injury. A good individual performance could lead to a number of Brazilian based players to make the jump across the Atlantic. Kofi Danning is an exciting young Australian talent that might turn some heads if given the chance.
What do you think of the U-20 World Cup starting? Excited to see international soccer? How will the U.S. do? Who are some players to look out for? Share your thoughts below.