U.S. U-20s to face Germany, Korea and Cameroon
The U.S. U-20 men's national team was drawn into Group C alongside Germany, Cameroon and Korea Republic for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The World Cup will take place in Egypt from Sept. 24 to Oct. 16.
The U.S. will open against Germany on Sept. 26, before facing Cameroon on Sept. 29 and ending group play against Korea Republic on Oct. 2. All three games will be played at the Mubarak Stadium in Suez.
"We have definitely been drawn into a strong group, perhaps the strongest of the tournament, but that poses a great opportunity," U.S. U-20 coach Thomas Rongen said in a press release. "Anytime you have the chance to play against teams like Germany, Cameroon and Korea Republic, it is a chance to showcase American football."
The U.S. will be competing in its seventh consecutive and 12th overall FIFA U-20 World Cup, previously known as the FIFA World Youth Championship. Under Rongen in 2007, the U.S. won its first-round group before falling in overtime in the quarterfinals to Austria.
The opening match, between Egypt and Trinidad and Tobago, will be played in Alexandria.
Below is the draw in full:
Group A -- Egypt, Trinidad and Tobago, Paraguay, Italy.
Group B -- Nigeria, Venezuela, Spain, Tahiti.
Group C -- United States, Germany, Cameroon, South Korea.
Group D -- Ghana, Uzbekistan, England, Uruguay.
Group E -- Brazil, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Australia.
Group F -- United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Honduras, Hungary.