The U.S. Under-20 men's national team is competing at the U-20 World Cup in South Korea, and later this year the U-17s will compete at the U-17 World Cup in India. Throughout the years, the competitions (which back in the day were known by other names before adopting the World Cup moniker) have been breeding grounds for future U.S. stalwarts before they went on to the bigger stage. Here's a look back at they looked like in their youth days.
SI writer Grant Wahl and photographer Simon Bruty journeyed abroad for the U.S. men's national team's 2008 World Cup qualifier vs. Cuba in Havana. With the U.S. making a return trip for an October 2016 friendly, here is a look back at some of what they saw in Cuba eight years ago.