The US U-17 team is set to face off against Germany in the round of 16 at the U-17 World Cup, with a chance to reach the quarterfinals for just the second time in 18 years. The team has participated in seven out of eight tournaments held during that time, and this year they are led by key players such as Keylor Figueroa (son of former Honduras international Meynor), Nimfasha Berchimas (three goals thus far) and San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Cruz Medina.
In their previous appearance at the quarters, the US U-17 team was unbeaten and untested until they came up against England, who ultimately won the tournament. This time around, Gonzalo Segares’ team is determined to make it past Germany and reach the next round.
The baby Yanks have had mixed results at previous World Cups, winning two of their three group games against South Korea and Burkina Faso before being hammered 3-0 by France in the finale. However, they have only made it to the semifinals once before, in 1999 when Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley and Kyle Beckerman were standout performers.
Germany has had more success at previous U-17 World Cups, winning four titles overall. In their most recent tournament, they finished first place in Group A with wins over Mexico and New Zealand before falling to Venezuela in the knockout stages. However, Germany has not yet faced a team as talented as the US U-17 squad.
To watch this exciting matchup between two of the top young teams in world soccer, tune into NBC Universo on Tuesday at 3:30 am ET or stream it on Telemundo Deportes or their app.