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How to watch USA U-20 MNT vs Myanmar in the 2015 U-20 World Cup

The USA's U-20 World Cup starts in New Zealand against an unfancied opponent...

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Let's get the geography lesson out of the way first: Myanmar is in Southeast Asia, bordering Bangladesh, India, China, Laos, and Thailand. But it mostly borders the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea: the country has a 1,200 mile coastline on the side of it not crowded by its neighbors.

If you haven't heard of Myanmar, you may have heard of Burma: they are two names for the same place.

Myanmar's U-20 men's soccer team qualified for the 2015 U-20 World Cup by making the semifinals of the 2014 U-19 AFC Youth Championship - a tournament for which it was the host nation.

This is Myanmar's first appearance at a U-20 World Cup, but that record belies its status as something of a heavyweight in Asian youth soccer. Myanmar has won the AFC U-19 championship seven times (though it shared the title on six of those occasions), as well as being runner-up once and finishing third on two occasions. The most recent of those achievements was in 1971, however - the country has not been a regional football power for some time.

Until last year, when Myanmar found its way to the semifinals of the AFC Youth Championship and to its first U-20 World Cup.

Is this a soccer nation on the rise again? The team is not expected to pose great threat to its group mates in this tournament (Ukraine, USA and the hosts, New Zealand) but it took Qatar (the eventual champion) to extra-time in the semifinals of the 2014 AFC U-19 Championship, and Aung Thu scored a memorable goal along the way:

He is in the squad in for this tournament.

It is a roster drawn entirely from locally-based players. There are no internationally-known stars on this team, but that may change if a few results go their way. The U-20 World Cup is a competition where reputations can be made, and the USA's first opponents will be keen to give a good account of themselves in New Zealand.

WHO USA U-20s vs Myanmar U-20s
WHEN 12:00 a.m.
WHERE Northland Events Center, Whangerei, New Zealand
HOW Fox Sports 1, Fox Soccer2Go, Fox SportsGo