FIFA U-20 World Cup record
USA will be playing in their 15th U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic. The Stars and Stripes’ best ever finish in the tournament came 28 years ago in Saudi Arabia when they finished in fourth place, losing to Brazil in the match for third place. USA reached the quarter-finals in the last edition of the tournament in New Zealand, making it three total appearances in the last-eight. At New Zealand 2015, they fell to eventual tournament champions Serbia on penalties.

The road to Korea Republic
USA will be heading to Korea Republic with confidence having won the CONCACAF U-20 Championship for the first time ever. The Stars and Stripes overcame a massive mental hurdle by defeating 13-time CONCACAF U-20 champions Mexico 1-0 in the play-offs. After losing their first match of the tournament to Panama, USA responded to the adversity by going on to concede only three more goals in the entire tournament. Captain Erik Palmer-Brown, the only player on the squad who took part in the country’s New Zealand 2015 campaign, goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann and defender Justen Glad were vital in ensuring defensive stability. Brooks Lennon, Eryk Williamson, Emmanuel Sabbi, Sebastian Saucedo and Jonathan Lewis all contributed to important goals down the stretch for the USA. New York Red Bulls’ Tyler Adams and Fulham’s Luca de la Torre also played important roles in central midfield.

The coach
Tab Ramos is a household name in USA soccer history. After playing for the national team 81 times and in three FIFA World Cups™, he turned to serving the association in the coaching realm. Ramos has been the coach of the U-20 national team since 2013. He guided the country to a quarter-final finish at New Zealand 2015, and served as Jurgen Klinsmann’s assistant coach on the senior team until late 2016.

The stat
5 – The number of USA players named to the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Best XI: goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann, defenders Justen Glad, Erik Palmer-Brown and Marlon Fossey and midfielder Brooks Lennon.