The U.S. U-20 MNT's first game of the FIFA U-20 World Cup is exactly one month away, and to preview his team's chances in Egypt, FIFA.com spoke with U.S. boss Thomas Rongen. Rongen addresses the team's preparation and the growth of soccer in America, along with some of the other duties that come along with being a youth national team coach. An excerpt:
The upcoming world finals in Egypt will be experienced USA coach Thomas Rongen's third taste of the global youth extravaganza. And though his first order of business is to lead his young charges to glory at the finals, the experienced Dutchman always is just as focused on feeding the US senior national team with suitable candidates.
"We want to go and win in Egypt, that goes without saying," Rongen, who played for Ajax and NASL outfits LA Aztecs and Washington Diplomats, told FIFA.com. "But the real service of a U-20 team is pushing as many players through to the senior team as possible."
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