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The path to Mexico City is set.
The United States Under-17 national team learned the identities of its opponents for the group stage of this summer's FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico in Tuesday's draw.
The Americans will open Group D play on June 19 against the Czech Republic in Torreon. Three days later they'll face Uzbekistan in the same venue before traveling to Pachuca for a June 25 encounter against New Zealand.
New Zealand won the Oceania U-17 qualifying tournament, Uzbekistan was the runner up in the Asian championships and the Czech Republic finished third in its UEFA U-17 qualifying group to secure its bid. The United States won the CONCACAF U-17 tournament in February.
Should the United States win its group, it would face a third-place finisher in the Round of 16. If Wilmer Cabrera's squad finishes in second, it would face the winner of Group E (Germany, Panama, Ecuador, Burkina Faso). The top four third-place teams also advance to the knockout stage.
Here's all six groups for this summer's event:
FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP
- North Korea
- United States
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- Burkina Faso
- Ivory Coast
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