After months of preparation, the first match of the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand is finally here for Tab Ramos' U.S. squad. The Americans open the tournament versus Myanmar on Saturday, just after midnight on the East Coast, and will round out Group A play with matches against Ukraine and the hosts.
It's a much more manageable group than the Yanks were dealt two years ago in Turkey, when they drew France, Ghana and Spain and predictably went three-and-out.
But despite an easier schedule this time around and what many consider to be as deep a U-20 roster as any in program history, reaching the knockout stages of the tournament still isn't a forgone conclusion for Ramos' side.
Here are three keys to advancing for the U-20 squad.
Don't overlook Myanmar
On paper, the Americans' first foe -- more commonly known as Burma -- is its weakest. But anyone who thinks the Southeast Asian nation will be an easy out is mistaken according to Ramos, who has scouted Myanmar extensively. ...