The U.S. U-17 team is set to face off against Germany in the round of 16 at the U-17 World Cup, with a chance to reach the quarterfinals for just the second time in 18 years. Since winning back-to-back titles in 2001 and 2003, the team has made it to the last eight twice, including a run to the quarters in 2017 led by future senior regulars Timothy Weah, Josh Sargent and Sergiño Dest.
The current crop of young players includes 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 team finished second in their group with wins over South Korea and Burkina Faso before falling to France 3-0 in the finale. The U.S. has reached the semifinals once before, back in 1999 when Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley and Kyle Beckerman were among the up-and-coming stars on that squad.
Germany has been a dominant force on the world stage for decades, with five titles since first competing at the tournament in 1995. They have won their group stage matches against Mexico, New Zealand and Venezuela so far, but will face a tough test against the United States next week at Estadio Olimpico de Lima.
Fans can catch all of USA vs Germany action live on NBC Universo starting at 3:30 am ET on Tuesday (Nov. 21). They can also stream it online through Telemundo Deportes or their mobile app if they prefer not to wake up early for this exciting matchup!