Nov. 28, 2003
Abu Dhabi, UAE (Friday, Nov. 28, 2003) - The opening match against Paraguay is finally here for the U.S. If it feels like the team has been waiting eight months for this game, that's because it has. With the tournament originally to be played in April, but later postponed due to the political situation surrounding the region, all 24 teams have had to wait a bit longer for the 14th FIFA World Youth Championship to kickoff. As the U.S. Under-20 MNT gets set to face Paraguay tomorrow at 5:45 p.m. (8:45 a.m. ET) at Al-Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi, head coach Thomas Rongen talks about their first opponent and what he expects to encounter when they finally take the pitch.