U.S. Soccer

U-17 MNT Tops Group B of 44th Mondial Football de Montaigu After Dominating Russia 4-0

BRETIGNOLLES SUR MER, France (March 26, 2016) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team came out on top of Group B after dominating Russia 4-0. The USA will face France for 44th Mondial Football de Montaigu title on March 28 at 12:30 p.m. ET.

The U.S. attacked Russia quickly with the opening goal coming in the first minute from George Acosta, who was assisted by Ayomide Akinola. Minutes later, Acosta completed his brace in the seventh minute with the help of Blaine Ferri.

The second half started much the same with Akinola scored in the 43rd minute with Timothy Weah grabbing the assist. Just four minutes later, Akinola earned his brace after Christopher Goslin set him up for the goal.

In Group B, the U.S. lands on top with five points with a goal differential of four followed by Brazil (5) with a goal differential of two, England (4) and Russia (1).

- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Russia
Date: March 26, 2016     
Competition: 44th Mondial Football de Montaigu
Venue: Bretignolles Sur Mer, France
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET
Weather: 50 degrees

Scoring Summary:           1              2              F                                                             
USA                                       2              2              4
RUS                                        0              0              0             

USA - George Acosta (Ayomide Akinola)                               1st minute
USA - George Acosta (Blaine Ferri)                           7
USA - Ayomide Akinola (Timothy Weah)                               43
USA - Ayomide Akinola (Christopher Goslin)       47                                          

Lineups:
USA: 12-Justin Garces; 2-Jean Julien Foe Nuphaus (13-Arturo Vasquez, 51), 4-Chris Durkin (capt.), 5-Tyler Shaver, 14-Kelee Cornfield Saunders; 8-Christopher Goslin (6-James Sands, 51),10-Blaine Ferri (19-Niccolo Lemoine, 76), 20-George Acosta (3-Rayshaun McGann, 76); 17-Timothy Weah, 7-Ayomide Akinola (11-Andrew Carleton, 51), 16-Adrian Villegas (9-Josh Sargent, 41)
Subs Not Used: 1-Alex Budnik, 15-Jake Arteaga, 18-Nicolas Garcia Morillo
Head Coach: Shaun Tsakiris

RUS: 1-Anton Shitov; 2-Aleksandr Evinov, 4-Aleksandr Mikhailov, 3-Vladimir Moskvichev (15-Artem Giurdzhan, 41), 5-Dmitrii Zavarukhin; 8-Nail Umiarov, 10-Alexey Mironov (19-Vladislav Karapuzov, 61), 20-Dimitry Velikorodnyy (17-Danil Prutsev, 49); 6-Ilia Gomaniuk (13-Semen Radostev, 41), 11-Danill Lopatin (18-Mikhail Ageev, 41), 9-Kirill Kolesnichenko
Subs Not Used: 14- Rail Abdullin, 12- David Sangare
Head Coach: Dimitrii Vlianov

Misconduct Summary:
RUS - Aleksandr Evinov (caution)                              13th minute                      
USA - Ayomide Akinola (caution)                              28
RUS - Dmitry Velikorodnyy (caution)                       31          
RUS - Aleksandr Mikhailov (caution)                        55          
RUS - Semen Radostev (caution)                                              64
USA - Niccolo Lemoine (caution)                                               77
USA - Chris Durkin (ejection)                                      80          
RUS - Aleksandr Evinov (ejection)                            80                          

Officials:
Referee: Philippe Vinche                             
Assistant Referee: Damien Boudaud
Assistant Referee: Pascal Fernandes      
4th Official: Guillerme Devaud  

Man of the Match: Ayomide Akinola

*Match was 80 minutes and played on natural grass.

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U-17 MNT Mar 26, 2016

- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Russia
Date: March 26, 2016     
Competition: 44th Mondial Football de Montaigu
Venue: Bretignolles Sur Mer, France
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET
Weather: 50 degrees

Scoring Summary:           1              2              F                                                             
USA                                       2              2              4
RUS                                        0              0              0             

USA - George Acosta (Ayomide Akinola)                               1st minute
USA - George Acosta (Blaine Ferri)                           7
USA - Ayomide Akinola (Timothy Weah)                               43
USA - Ayomide Akinola (Christopher Goslin)       47                                          

Lineups:
USA: 12-Justin Garces; 2-Jean Julien Foe Nuphaus (13-Arturo Vasquez, 51), 4-Chris Durkin (capt.), 5-Tyler Shaver, 14-Kelee Cornfield Saunders; 8-Christopher Goslin (6-James Sands, 51),10-Blaine Ferri (19-Niccolo Lemoine, 76), 20-George Acosta (3-Rayshaun McGann, 76); 17-Timothy Weah, 7-Ayomide Akinola (11-Andrew Carleton, 51), 16-Adrian Villegas (9-Josh Sargent, 41)
Subs Not Used: 1-Alex Budnik, 15-Jake Arteaga, 18-Nicolas Garcia Morillo
Head Coach: Shaun Tsakiris

RUS: 1-Anton Shitov; 2-Aleksandr Evinov, 4-Aleksandr Mikhailov, 3-Vladimir Moskvichev (15-Artem Giurdzhan, 41), 5-Dmitrii Zavarukhin; 8-Nail Umiarov, 10-Alexey Mironov (19-Vladislav Karapuzov, 61), 20-Dimitry Velikorodnyy (17-Danil Prutsev, 49); 6-Ilia Gomaniuk (13-Semen Radostev, 41), 11-Danill Lopatin (18-Mikhail Ageev, 41), 9-Kirill Kolesnichenko
Subs Not Used: 14- Rail Abdullin, 12- David Sangare
Head Coach: Dimitrii Vlianov

Misconduct Summary:
RUS - Aleksandr Evinov (caution)                              13th minute                      
USA - Ayomide Akinola (caution)                              28
RUS - Dmitry Velikorodnyy (caution)                       31          
RUS - Aleksandr Mikhailov (caution)                        55          
RUS - Semen Radostev (caution)                                              64
USA - Niccolo Lemoine (caution)                                               77
USA - Chris Durkin (ejection)                                      80          
RUS - Aleksandr Evinov (ejection)                            80                          

Officials:
Referee: Philippe Vinche                             
Assistant Referee: Damien Boudaud
Assistant Referee: Pascal Fernandes      
4th Official: Guillerme Devaud  

Man of the Match: Ayomide Akinola

*Match was 80 minutes and played on natural grass.

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Beach Soccer National Team Names Roster for the Visit Puerto Vallarta Cup 2017

CHICAGO (Oct. 19, 2017) – The U.S. Beach Soccer National Team has named a 10-player roster for the upcoming Visit Puerto Vallarta Cup 2017 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The players will train in Orange County, Calif. before the tournament takes place from Oct. 22-24. Francis Farberoff will serve as the team’s head coach for the competition as regular head coach Eddie Soto is in the midst of coaching the collegiate season with the University of San Francisco.

The USA will face off against Colombia, France and host Mexico in the Visit Puerto Vallarta Cup 2017. The tournament marks the return of the beach soccer world tour to Puerto Vallarta after a seven-year absence. It’s a strong field of competition: Mexico has won the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship more than any other nation, France won the first FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in 2005 and Colombia represents an up-and-coming squad that climbed to sixth-place in the hotly-contested CONMEBOL Beach Soccer Championship earlier this year.

U.S. Beach Soccer National Team Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Juan Cervantes (Los Angeles, Calif.), Christopher Toth (San Marcos, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (5): Christian Blandon (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Adriano Dos Santos (Baltimore, Md.), Jonathan Greenfield (Cedarburg, Wisc.), Oscar Reyes (Santa Ana, Calif.), David Mondragon (Santa Cruz, Calif.)
FORWARDS (3): Jason Leopoldo (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Nick Perera (Carlsbad, Calif.), Lucas Roque (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

The roster includes five players who took part in the team’s last major competition, the 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship in February. The team finished fifth in Nassau, Bahamas, winning its group at the tournament. Seven of the players headed to Puerto Vallarta were called into the BNT’s last camp in September.

Two members of the roster, goalkeeper Christopher Toth and forward Nicolas Perera, have been nominated for Beach Soccer Worldwide’s Best Player of the Year Award. Toth’s nomination also puts him in the running for Best Goalkeeper of the Year.

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Beach Oct 19, 2017

U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. England: Quarterfinal Kickoff Time, TV Channels and 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup Rosters

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will take on England in the Quarterfinals of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa, India on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. ET. Fans are encouraged to tune in to coverage on FS2 and Telemundo.  

The U-17 MNT reached the Quarterfinal with a memorable 5-0 victory against Paraguay on Monday, Oct. 16 in New Delhi. Against England, the USA will look to advance to the U-17 World Cup Semifinals for the second time and first instance since 1999. The Three Lions advanced to the Quarterfinals by virtue of a 5-3 win on penalty kicks, following a 0-0 draw with Japan on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 21
Kickoff Time: 10:30 a.m. ET
Venue: Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa, India
TV info: FS2 and Telemundo

Social media accounts to follow: U.S. Soccer’s Facebook, and the YNT’s Twitter and Instagram

Important links:

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position (Club; Hometown):

GOALKEEPERS (3): Alex Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos (Benfica; Philadelphia, Penn.), Justin Garces (Atlanta United FC; Miami, Fla.)

DEFENDERS (6): Sergiño Dest (Ajax; Almere-stad, Netherlands), Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), James Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Tyler Shaver (New York City FC; Greenwich, Conn.), Akil Watts (Portland Timbers, Fort Wayne, Ind.)

MIDFIELDERS (6): George Acosta (North Carolina FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake; Eden, Utah), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Soccer Club; Southlake, Texas), Chris Goslin (Atlanta United FC; Locust Grove, Ga.), Indiana Vassilev (Unattached; Savannah, Ga.)

FORWARDS (6): Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton Ont.), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Jacobo Reyes (C.F. Monterrey; Houston, Texas), Bryan Reynolds (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Texas), Joshua Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O'Fallon, Mo.), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain F.C., Rosedale, N.Y.)

England U-17 MNT Roster by Position (Club, Club Country):

GOALKEEPERS (3): Curtis Anderson (Manchester City), Josef Bursik (Stoke City), William Crellin (Fleetwood Town)

DEFENDERS (6): Timothy Eyoma (Tottenham Hotspur), Lewis Gibson (Everton), Marc Guéhi (Chelsea), Jonathan Panzo (Chelsea), Joel Latibeaudiere (Manchester City), Steven Sessegnon (Fulham)

MIDFIELDERS (10): George McEachran (Chelsea), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Tashan Oakley-Boothe (Tottenham Hotspur), Angel Gomes (Manchester United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund/GER)*, Nya Kirby (Crystal Palace), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea), Emile Smith-Rowe (Arsenal), Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea)

FORWARDS (2): Rhian Brewster (Liverpool), Danny Loader (Reading)

* Jadon Sancho recalled to Borussia Dortmund following Group Stage

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U-17 MNT Oct 19, 2017

Five Things to Know About U-17 MNT Goalkeeper Justin Garces

A key figure between the posts, Justin Garces has become a staple for head coach John Hackworth throughout the current U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team cycle.

Recording three shutouts in four games so far at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Garces continues to show why he has been a part of the U.S. Youth National Team Program since being spotted by Hackworth at age 14. Here are five things to know about the Miami-born, soon-to-be Atlanta United FC product:

GET TO KNOW JUSTIN
Born Aug. 23, 2000 in Miami, Fla., Justin Garces is the son of a Venezuelan mother and a Cuban-Ecuadorian father, and is fluent in English and Spanish. Garces has always considered himself a shy person, but has opened up more after a year and a half at U-17 residency, with him saying that his teammates have become like brothers to him.

Growing up, he played as a striker, but transitioned to his long-term place between the posts at the U-10 level. In need of a goalkeeper, Garces was picked out by his coach for being the biggest kid on the team, and while he didn’t particularly enjoy it at first, the now 6-1 ‘keeper adjusted over time and embraced the position.

KENDALL SC TO ATLANTA UNITED FC
Garces came up through the Kendall SC ranks, a Development Academy club based out of South Florida, and credits their great coaching staff for his development and how far he’s gotten in his playing career.

Recently, he decided to make the move to Atlanta United FC, and he will officially join the Five Stripes’ Academy after the U-17 World Cup.

"Joining Atlanta United was a decision I wanted to make for myself because I felt that was the next step for me, leading into my last year of high school. After being in residency for a year and a half, I felt like that was the right way to go. Going to Atlanta United with their new facilities and coaching staff was the right fit for me.”

In addition to having fellow U-17 World Cup teammates Andrew Carleton and Chris Goslin there, Garces has also gotten to train with U.S. Men’s National Team and Atlanta United ‘keeper Brad Guzan. The young goalie points to Guzan’s work ethic and attitude during training as something he aspires to, and hopes to keep learning from the seasoned goalkeeper as his professional journey continues.

NO-GOAL PATROL
In early 2015, then U-15 Boys’ National Team head coach John Hackworth held a training camp in Sunrise, Fla. and scheduled Kendall SC for a friendly match. Hackworth came over and shook Garces’ hand after the match in which the young ‘keeper had played for Kendall, impressed by his performance.

A few months later, the right-footed Garces got a call-up to a U-14 Boys’ National Team Futures camp, officially introducing him into U.S. Soccer’s player pipeline.

From there, Garces’ got his first cap at the U-17 level at the 2015 Nike International Friendlies. He started the USA’s second match vs. the Netherlands, one he vividly remembers after helping the team to a 2-1 victory.

“What I remember the most of that match is the walkout,” Garces recalls. “It was my first ever walkout, and I had our captain for that game, Rayshaun McGann, in front of me. We had fans on both sides, cheering, yelling, and it was just a crazy atmosphere.”

Now a regular on the U.S. U-17 squad, Garces is a member of the “No-Goal Patrol”, a nickname given to Garces and the USA backline by Hackworth during a period around the Nike Friendlies when the team kept getting shutouts and winning games.

GOLDEN GLOVE PERFORMANCE
Garces’ elite performances in the past few years are starting to be recognized by more than just his coach and teammates. He was awarded the Golden Glove at the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in May for his work between the pipes, recording four wins and two clean sheets as the U.S. fell on penalty kicks to Mexico in the Final. He also earned a place in the tournament’s Best XI, along with U-17 teammates Chris Durkin, Jaylin Lindsey, James Sands and Josh Sargent.

“It was a great experience at the CONCACAF U-17 Championship,” Garces said of the tournament that qualified the U.S. for the U-17 World Cup. “We played very well as a team. The two Mexico games were an awesome experience for me, and I want to say it was one of the better tournaments I’ve ever played in. I felt confident and happy with the performance and was happy to get the Golden Glove at the end.”

Just six months earlier, Garces was also awarded the Golden Glove at the 2016 Nike International Friendlies when he conceded just two goals over three matches, helping the USA claim the tournament title.

2017 FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP RUN
Currently, Garces continues to dominate the starting spot in the USA lineup at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Playing every minute of the USA’s four matches, in helping the U-17 MNT to the Quarterfinals, the Miami native became the first U.S. goalkeeper to record three shutouts at the tournament.

2017 U.S. U-17 MNT

The U-17 MNT advanced to the knockout round as the third-place team in Group A after defeating India 3-0, Ghana 1-0 and falling to Colombia 3-1. From there, the team put on an impressive performance in the Round of 16, blanking Paraguay 5-0 while recording the USA’s first ever shutout in a Knockout Round game at a U-17 World Cup.

Garces and the U.S. next face England in the Quarterfinals at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 21 in Goa (10:30 a.m. ET; FS2, Telemundo). 

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PREVIEW: U-17 MNT Takes on England in World Cup Quarterfinals on Saturday | 10:30am ET | FS2, Telemundo

GOA, India (Oct. 19, 2017) -- The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team continues its incredible run in the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup when it takes on England in the quarterfinals on Saturday, Oct. 21, at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa, India. The match will be broadcast live beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET on FS2 and Telemundo. Fans can also follow the match on Twitter at @ussoccer_ynt.

The United States is coming off Monday’s Round of 16 encounter with Paraguay, where the USA utilized a stunning hat trick from Tim Weah and single strikes from Andrew Carleton and Josh Sargent to earn a comprehensive 5-0 victory in New Delhi.

The result was the USA’s second win all-time in the U-17 World Cup Knockout Stage and first since 1999. John Hackworth’s side also becomes the first U.S. team to advance to the tournament’s Quarterfinals since the 2005 squad, which coincidentally was the first team he led at the U-17 World Cup.

Following Monday’s victory, the U.S. turned its attention to Tuesday’s clash between England and Japan. Both teams traded chances during the steamy match in Kalkota, but a 0-0 draw after 90 minutes led to England running out 5-3 winners on penalty kicks, setting up Saturday’s meeting with the USA in Goa.

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position (Club; Hometown)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alex Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos (Benfica; Philadelphia, Penn.), Justin Garces (Atlanta United FC; Miami, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (6): Sergiño Dest (Ajax; Almere-stad, Netherlands), Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), James Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Tyler Shaver (New York City FC; Greenwich, Conn.), Akil Watts (Portland Timbers, Fort Wayne, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): George Acosta (North Carolina FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake; Eden, Utah), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Soccer Club; Southlake, Texas), Chris Goslin (Atlanta United FC; Locust Grove, Ga.), Indiana Vassilev (Unattached; Savannah, Ga.)
FORWARDS (6): Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton Ont.), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Jacobo Reyes (C.F. Monterrey; Houston, Texas), Bryan Reynolds (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Texas), Joshua Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O'Fallon, Mo.), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain F.C., Rosedale, N.Y.)

TIM WEAH MAKES HISTORY IN 5-0 WIN VS. PARAGUAY
Chief among the highlights of the USA’s memorable 5-0 shutout of Paraguay in the Round of 16 was the hat trick scored by Tim Weah. The Paris Saint-Germain forward gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute, made it a brace with a stunning strike in the 53rd and capped his hat trick with a tap-in in the 75th.

The performance made Weah the sixth U.S. male player at any level to score a hat trick in the at a World Cup and the first to do it in the Knockout Stage. Learn more about Weah’s historic night by clicking here.

FIRST TIME U-17 WORLD CUP ENCOUNTER
While the two nations have met twice at the Men’s World Cup (1950 and 2010), Saturday’s encounter between the U.S. and England will be the first at the U-17 tournament. And while it’s the first World Cup meeting at this level, the current iterations of the squads have familiarity with each other going back to their U-15 days.

On August 16 and 19 2015, a John Hackworth-led U.S. U-15 Boys National Team squad visited England for a set of games, which ended in fitting 2-2 and 3-3 draws. As part of the friendlies, the teams agreed to take penalty kicks to decide a winner, with England coming away victorious in the first match and the USA doing so in the second.

Just a few months later, much of the same U.S. squad and coach Hackworth faced England in the very first match of the current U-17 cycle, opening the 2015 Nike International Friendlies with a 3-2 defeat to the Three Lions. A high contingent of both World Cup rosters were part of that match, with 12 from the U.S. and 13 from England in their respective squads for the Nike International Friendlies.

The teams last met on March 24, 2016, when the USA bounced back from a two-goal deficit, using a pair of goals from George Acosta to earn a 2-2 draw on the way to winning the Mondial Football de Montaigu Tournament in Le Poire Sur Vie, France.

USA, ENGLAND YOUTH TEAMS JOIN RARE COMPANY
Adding to the occasion of Saturday’s meeting is the fact that the United States and England are the only two countries that have reached the Quarterfinals of both the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup and 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which was held in May and June in Korea Republic.

Led by the goal scoring exploits of current U-17 MNT captain Josh Sargent, the USA took Venezuela to extra time before falling 2-1 in their Quarterfinal clash. Venezuela would advance to the Final where it fell 1-0 to England, who in turn earned their first World Cup championship at youth level.

The USA and England’s achievement marks the 10th and 11th times in which a nation has reached the Quarterfinals of both youth World Cups in the same year since the U-17 event expanded to 24 teams in 2007.

It is the third time the U.S. has achieved the feat, having previously done so in 1993 and 2003.

WORLD CUP ROSTER FEATURES 18 PLAYERS WITH DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY TIES
Hackworth’s U-17 World Cup squad has been largely bolstered by players that have cut their teeth in U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy. Eighteen of the 21-player roster have played in the DA at some point, with nine currently involved, six having signed M.L.S. Homegrown contracts and three holding past DA affiliations.

Current Development Academy Affiliations: George Acosta (North Carolina FC), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake), Alex Budnik (Sockers FC), Blaine Ferri (Solar Soccer Club) Justin Garces (Atlanta United FC), Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls), Josh Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri), Tyler Shaver (New York City FC), Akil Watts (Portland Timbers)

M.L.S. Homegrown Signings Promoted to First Team: Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United), Chris Goslin (Atlanta United FC), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City), Bryan Reynolds (FC Dallas), James Sands (New York City FC)

Past Development Academy Affiliation: Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos (Former: Philadelphia Union, Now: SL Benfica/POR), Indiana Vassilev (Former: IMG Academy; Now; Unattached), Tim Weah (New York Red Bulls/ Now: Paris Saint-Germain/FRA)

TEAM CAPTAIN JOSH SARGENT CHASING PERSONAL HISTORY
Having already scored four goals for the USA at this past summer’s FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic, Sargent joined Freddy Adu as the only American male player to compete at both youth World Cups in the same year when he took the field in the tournament opener against India. Thirty minutes into that match, Sargent bested Adu by becoming the only U.S. player to score in both tournaments held in the same year. He also joined the small club of U.S. players that have found the back of the net at both tournaments, namely, Adu, Taylor Twellman and Eddie Johnson.

Having now added a second to his ledger during the 5-0 Round of 16 win vs. Paraguay, Sargent can equal Adu’s record of seven combined goals at the two youth World Cups should he tally against England.

Here’s the breakdown of the USA’s all-time youth World Cup scoring leaders:

Overall

FIFA U-17 World Cup

FIFA U-20 World Cup

Player

Goals

GP

Goals

GP

Goals

GP

Freddy Adu

7

17

4

4

3

13

Josh Sargent

6

9

2

4

4

5

Taylor Twellman

6

7

2

3

4

4

Eddie Johnson

5

8

1

3

4

5

Sargent shined for the USA during the U-20 World Cup, earning the competition’s Silver Boot with four goals and an assist. His two-goal performance in the team’s opening group game against Ecuador went into the record books as he eclipsed Jozy Altidore as the youngest U.S. player to score at the FIFA U-20 World Cup at 17 years, 91 days. After scoring his fourth goal of the tournament in the Round of 16 against New Zealand, Sargent tied Taylor Twellman (1999), Eddie Johnson (2003), and Jozy Altidore (2007) for most goals scored by a U.S. player at a FIFA U-20 World Cup.

HACKWORTH TIES U.S. U-17 WORLD CUP WINS RECORD
In the midst of his third U-17 World Cup as U.S. head coach, John Hackworth (2005, 2007 and 2017) recorded his sixth career win at the tournament in Monday’s 5-0 victory against Paraguay, tying him with Roy Rees (1987, 1989, 1991, 1993) for the most all-time wins by an American coach at the tournament.

After serving as an assistant for John Ellinger at the 2003 tournament, Hackworth led the 2005 team, which included current U.S. MNT stars Jozy Altidore and Omar Gonzalez, to a top of the group finish, going undefeated against Korea DPR (3-2), Italy (3-1) and Ivory Coast (1-1). In their quarterfinal matchup against Netherlands, the USA fell 2-0 in a hard-fought game that saw five cautions and two players sent off.

Two years later, Hackworth brought his 2007 U-17 side back to the World Cup, leading the team to a second-place finish in its group. In the Round of 16, the USA was matched up against a tough Germany squad that sent the USA home with 2-1 defeat.

FAMILIAR WITH GOA
The U.S. will take in its fourth different venue of the tournament on Saturday, playing at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa on India’s west coast. While it will bethe team’s first time there during this competition, Hackworth’s side has plenty of familiarity with the area thanks to its participation in the 2016 AIFF Youth Cup, which was held there last May. Playing five matches during the tournament, the U.S. advanced all the way to the Final where it fell 2-1 in extra time to Korea Republic.

HOW THEY GOT TO THE WORLD CUP
The USA finished second at the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship in Panama City, Panama, last April, scoring 20 goals while allowing six. The USA opened the tournament with a 5-0 win vs. Jamaica, led by a brace from Ayo Akinola and goals from Chris Durkin, Tim Weah, and Josh Sargent.

The USA followed that result with four more wins, defeating Mexico (4-3) and El Salvador (1-0) to win the group. Victories against Honduras (3-0) and Cuba (6-2) in the classification stage earned a berth to the World Cup. In the final, a rematch against Mexico, the USA held a 1-0 advantage into stoppage time before seeing the game forced into penalty kicks on a 92nd-minute equalizer. Despite the USA converting four of its five attempts, Mexico converted on all five to take home the regional title.

Nine different players scored for the USA during the qualifying tournament. Golden Glove honoree Justin Garces, Jaylin Lindsey, James Sands, Chris Durkin, and Josh Sargent earned selections to the tournament’s Best XI. Sargent’s five goals and Akinola’s four placed the pair in third and fourth, respectively, in the Golden Boot standings. Carleton and Weah each added a pair of goals, while Blaine Ferri, Bryan Reynolds Jr. and Indiana Vassilev also scored a goal apiece. Midfielder George Acosta led the team with three assists.

U-17 WORLD CUP PEDIGREE
The USA had its best tournament showing in 1999 when future U.S. MNT stars DaMarcus Beasley and Landon Donovan led the team to a fourth-place finish after falling to Ghana in the Third-Place match. The game was played in front of a roaring crowd of nearly 16,000 at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

The USA has participated in 12 of the previous 13 U-17 World Cups, missing 2013’s tournament in the United Arab Emirates. Including the team’s run in 1999, the USA has made it out of the group stage eight times, reaching the Quarterfinals five times (1991, 1993, 1999, 2003, 2005).

Over 46 matches in its 12 runs at the U-17 World Cup, the USA has posted a 16-23-7 record with the most success coming against Italy, defeating the Azzurri twice (1991, 2005).

England U-17 MNT Roster by Position (Club, Club Country)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Curtis Anderson (Manchester City), Josef Bursik (Stoke City), William Crellin (Fleetwood Town)
DEFENDERS (6): Timothy Eyoma (Tottenham Hotspur), Lewis Gibson (Everton), Marc Guéhi (Chelsea), Jonathan Panzo (Chelsea), Joel Latibeaudiere (Manchester City), Steven Sessegnon (Fulham)
MIDFIELDERS (10): George McEachran (Chelsea), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Tashan Oakley-Boothe (Tottenham Hotspur), Angel Gomes (Manchester United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund/GER)*, Nya Kirby (Crystal Palace), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea), Emile Smith-Rowe (Arsenal), Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea)
FORWARDS (2): Rhian Brewster (Liverpool), Danny Loader (Reading) 

* Jadon Sancho recalled to Borussia Dortmund following Group Stage

HOW THEY GOT HERE
England qualified for the World Cup by finishing as runners up at the 2017 UEFA European Under-17 Championship in May. The Three Lions finished on top of their group with a perfect record, downing Norway (3-1), Ukraine (4-0) and the Netherlands (3-0). England then bested Republic of Ireland 1-0 in the Quarterfinal and Turkey 2-1 in the Semifinal. In the Final, England played to a 2-2 draw with Spain before falling 4-1 on penalty kicks.

England continued its qualifying form at the World Cup, going a perfect 3-0-0 in wins against Chile (4-0), Mexico (3-2) and Iraq (4-0). Meeting Japan in Tuesday’s Round of 16 match, England played to a spirited 0-0 draw before advancing 5-3 on penalty kicks.

ENGLAND MIDFIELDER RECALLED TO CLUB
Midfielder Jadon Sancho scored three of England’s nine goals during the Group Stage, but will play no further part at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup after club side Borussia Dortmund recalled him ahead of the Japan match. England created a number of chances in the game, but failed to score before ousting the Blue Samurai on penalty kicks.  

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U-17 MNT Oct 19, 2017
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