The U.S. U-17 national team kicks off World Cup play against tiny Tajikistan in the stifling heat and humidity of the industrial South Korean city of Changwon on Monday (6:45 a.m. ET, ESPNU). It will be the first chance for all but the most die-hard American soccer fans (some would argue that if you're watching a bunch of teenagers chase a ball on the other side of the globe at that hour, you fall into that category) to catch perhaps the deepest, most talented U.S. youth side ever assembled.
The FIFA U-17 World Cup, formerly known as the FIFA World Youth Championship, is the world championship of soccer awarded every two years since the first tournament in 1985. This year's tournament is being held in Korea and runs from Aug. 18-Sept. 9.