The CONCACAF U-17 championship draw was held Tuesday, and Mexico were drawn into Group C, which ended up being the tournament’s “Group of Death”.
Mexico got the hardest group in every single pot and will share the group wit the United States, Jamaica and El Salvador. It's an uncharacteristically hard group and the total opposite of the incredibly weak Groups A and B. While Mexico should be the favorite as the most dominant team in this category, it will be a very tough situation where the young El Tri side can't afford any missteps.
#Sub17 Aquí les dejamos todos los grupos del Premundial...— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) December 14, 2016
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Mexico is the current CONCACAF U-17 champion and is a world powerhouse in this category, as they have have gone on to win two U-17 World Cup titles and have three straight semifinals appearances.
The second strongest team of the region, the United States lost out on a seed because of their failure in the 2015 U-17 World Cup, and as a result, got drawn in Mexico's group. Even with their recent failure, their U-17 team has been looking good, including a recent victory against Brazil.
From the pot that included Cuba and Haiti, Mexico also got Jamaica, which generally has been the team with more success of the three.
Finally, their should be no doubt that El Salvador was the toughest team of their pot, with Curacao and Suriname.
As been said, Mexico is considered favorite in this tournament but youth categories are difficult to predict and sometimes there can be a surprise or two. Mexico's 2015 team got fourth place in the World Cup, but actually had missteps against Canada and Costa Rica that had the team needing other results to qualify to the final. Had Panama not shocked Canada with a victory, Mexico would have failed to get to the final and would have gone on to play a playoff for their ticket to the World cup.
In this tournament, the top two teams will qualify to the second round where they will be paired up into two groups. Then the winners from each group will face off in the final and the remaining teams will face each other in a playoff game for the remaining two spots. The tournament will be held in Panama from April 21 to May 7th.