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US learns U-17 World Cup qualifying fate

The United States will face Canada, Guatemala, and Trinidad & Tobago in their effort to qualify for the U-17 World Cup next spring in Costa Rica.  The qualifying tournament is set for October 30-November 9 in Jamaica.  The hosts were drawn into Group A with Mexico, Haiti, and El Salvador.

The U.S. opens Group B play on Halloween against Trinidad & Tobago followed by matches Nov. 2 against Guatemala and Nov.4 against Canada.  The top two teams in each group advance to the semifinals on Nov. 7.  The winners of those matches will meet in the final Nov. 9, but win or lose the finalists qualify for the U-17 World Cup, alongside Costa Rica, from March 15-April 5 in four venues.

“Obviously, we are excited to have our road identified and know who and when we will play during qualifying,” said U.S. head coach B.J. Snow, who attended the draw. “The most important aspect of the draw is that it makes it more real for our players so when we get together for our next training camp, we can definitively plan and move forward in our preparation.”

The U.S. finished runner-up in the inaugural U-17 World Cup in 2008 but then failed to qualify in 2010 and were bounced in the group stage in 2012.

GROUP A:  Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, El Salvador
GROUP B:  Canada, Guatemala, Trinidad & Tobago, United States


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