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U-20 World Cup

Lozano, Gutierrez among Mexico's five to watch at U20 World Cup

In their last visit to the Estadio Azteca, Pachuca stunned Club America with a late goal from Hirving Lozano. The Tuzos will be looking for the same result this weekend in Mexico City.
Hirving Lozano will be one of the standouts for Mexico at the U20 World Cup and beyond.

After winning the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship in January, Mexico's youth squad will be heading into this year's U20 World Cup with high expectations.

Although El Tri has never won the tournament, Mexico appears likely to succeed with the impressive list of names that are on the current roster -- which may lead to some problems for Mexico manager Sergio Almaguer.

Due to their absence in January's CONCACAF tournament, Atletico Madrid's Diego Gama, Porto's Raul Gudino and Queretaro's Orbelin...

Future stars, breakout candidates in each group at Under-20 World Cup

Uruguay's Gaston Pereiro and Germany's Julian Brandt are two of the top prospects at the Under-20 World Cup.
Uruguay's Gaston Pereiro and Germany's Julian Brandt are two of the top prospects at the Under-20 World Cup.

The FIFA Under-20 World Cup kicks off Saturday in New Zealand, and all eyes from the football prospect world will be tuned in to the tournament, which runs from May 30-June 20.

Which rising stars should viewers keep an eye on? Below is a group-by-group run-down of prospects to watch, including those destined for stardom and those likely to soon step out from obscurity from all six groups. Note that within each group future stars are listed first, followed by breakout candidates.


 By Tom Marshall

Almaguer and Te Kloese have big expectations for Mexico's U20 team

Ahead of the 2015 World Cup,  Sergio Almaguer hopes that the Mexico U20 team will progress further than its round-of-16 finish in the 2013 edition.

Whenever Mexico enters an international youth competition these days, there is a certain expectation and excitement. And the under-20s World Cup in New Zealand is no exception.

El Tri debuts in the tournament Saturday (9 p.m. ET) against Mali in Dunedin. Results in the buildup have been mixed; a 2-2 tie with Australia in the last preparation game was preceded by a 3-1 loss to Colombia. However, there is a feeling that players like Pachuca's Erick Gutierrez, club teammate Hirving Lozano, Morelia's...

USMNT prospects blog: Keys for US to advance at U20 World Cup

Gideon Zelalem (right) won't be counted on to shoulder a heavy load for the U.S. U-20 team.
Gideon Zelalem (right) won't be counted on to shoulder a heavy load for the U.S. U-20 team.

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 against 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 U20 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. ...

FIFA U20 World Cup unaffected by corruption scandal, insist organisers

E:60 examines the most powerful man in sports and his leadership of the organization overseeing world soccer.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Football New Zealand doesn't expect the arrests of some leading FIFA executives on corruption charges to have any impact on the Under-20 World Cup, which kicks off on Saturday.

CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb, who chaired the FIFA organizing committee for the Under-20 tournament and visited New Zealand in February for the draw, was among those arrested in dawn raids by Swiss police on Wednesday.

Football New Zealand chief executive Andy Martin issued a statement Thursday...