The U.S. U-17 team will try to reach the quarterfinals of the U-17 World Cup for just the second time in 18 years (appeared in seven out of eight tournaments held in that time), when they face the confident, unblemished Germany U-17 side in the round of 16 on Tuesday (3:30 am ET).
The baby Yanks’ lone quarterfinals appearance since going back-to-back in the last-eight in 2001 and 2003 came in 2017 when a team led by future senior regulars Timothy Weah, Josh Sargent and Sergiño Dest made a deep run until they came up against England, the eventual winners, in the quarterfinals. This time around, Gonzalo Segares’ team is headlined by Liverpool youngster Keylor Figueroa (son of former Honduras international Meynor), Charlotte forward Nimfasha Berchimas (three goals thus far) and San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Cruz Medina.
The U.S. U-17 team has been to the World Cup semifinals just once, when Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley and Kyle Beckerman were the up-and-coming stars all the way back in 1999. The baby Yanks won two of their three group games against South Korea and Burkina Faso before they were hammered 3-0 by France in the finale, finishing 2nd in Group E. Germany has yet to make it to the semifinals at this level but has finished first or second every tournament since their debut at this age group in 2005.
To watch USA vs Germany – U-17 World Cup round of 16 online or on TV, tune into NBC Universo at 3:30 am ET on Tuesday (Nov.