First game for U-20s will set the tempo

June 29, 2007
By Doug McIntyre
Conventional wisdom holds that in any World Cup tournament, the first game is vital. Grind out a result, and your chances of advancing to the knockout stages improve exponentially. Drop that curtain-raiser, and odds are you're going three-and-out.

There is no question the U.S. U-20 World Cup team caught a break by avoiding mighty Brazil in their opener on Saturday in Montreal (5 p.m. ET, ESPNU). Placed in this competition's Group of Death, playing the four-time ...

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