YNT May 16, 2011
The 24 teams for this year’s edition are locked in and waiting to learn their world cup fates. As the current U.S. squad, which won the CONCACAF U-17 Championship back in February, awaits their schedule, venues and opponents, let’s take a look back and find some trends…
About a day away from the Official Draw for the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, we take a look at some of the past draws for the U.S. team, which of course holds the distinction of being the only team to have qualified for all 14 FIFA U-17 World Cups.
- For the past five events (dating back to 2001), the U.S. has been drawn into a group with one team from Europe, one from Africa and one from Asia. In 1999, the U.S. team was grouped with New Zealand (Oceania), Poland (Europe) and Uruguay (South America).
- U.S. record by match…
Opening game: 6-6-1
Second game: 5-7-1
Third game: 6-5-2
- U.S. record by opponent confederation…
South America: 5-4-0
- The U.S. has won all three group games just once, way back in 1991. Two 1-0 wins against Italy and Argentina followed by a 3-1 win against China set up a quarterfinal showdown against Qatar. That game went into penalties, and the U.S. fell 4-5 in the shootout.
- That 1991 team was one of two U.S. teams to be eliminated from the U-17 WC without losing a game – the other was the 1999 team that lost in a semifinal shootout to Australia. Already eliminated, that Landon Donovan-led team dropped the third-place match to Ghana.
- The U.S. has twice gone unbeaten in Group play – in Peru 2005 and New Zealand 1999 – finishing both group phases with two wins and one draw.