The United States U17 team was crushed by Germany (4-0) in the Round of 16 at the U17 World Cup in Mexico. Mexico beat Panama 2-0 to make the quarterfinals.
Now it’s important to remember that in the grand scheme of things the results of an underage World Cup mean relatively little. These tournaments have some merit, but are generally taken too seriously. Many a young “golden generation” could not make an impact on the senior level when it counted (see: Portugal at the 2002 World Cup.) Furthermore, there is no shame in losing to Germany, although a 4-0 loss is a little hard to swallow.
Nevertheless, this is yet another indication that football in the US in not on the right track. At all levels save for the senior US Women’s National Team, we are falling further and further behind the rest of the world. This is an emergency, and something needs to be done to reverse the trend.