U.S. looks for strong start against Tajikistan

August 18, 2007
By Doug McIntyre
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.

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