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2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship

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St. Louis Bred

Hailing from the St. Louis suburb of O’Fallon, Josh Sargent made early plans when it came to soccer. According to his mother Liane, the future U.S. forward learned how to kick a ball at age three and began telling friends and family that he was going to be a professional soccer player one day.

The soccer-rich environment of St. Louis certainly helped nurture those ambitions, but they were cultivated by his family as well. Both Liane and his father Jeff played collegiately, while his two sisters are also following in his footsteps playing the game.

Sargent follows a long line of talent that suited up for U.S. Soccer Development Academy powerhouse St. Louis Scott Gallagher-Missouri, including current MNT defender Tim Ream, assistant coach Pat Noonan and former U.S. international Taylor Twellman.

Along with having a soccer family, Sargent credits the players and staff at SLSG for helping him reach the U.S. Youth National Team setup.

“It has been great these past few years,” Sargent told ussoccer.com in October 2016. “Playing in the Development Academy has really improved my game and the coaches know what they’re talking about. The coaches are great guys. They’ve not only taught me how to be a better soccer player but how to become a better person overall. They are the type of people that will take care of you, mentor you, and show you what to do and how to do it.”

U.S. Youth National Teams

Having first appeared at a U-14 Training Camp in 2013, Sargent progressed on to the U-15 level where he notably took part in an international training camp in England in 2015.

Towards the end of that year, Sargent played for the rising U-15 Boys National Team at the 2015 Nike International Friendlies and then joined the U-17 MNT Residency Program. Prior to the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in April, he amassed 14 goals and seven assists in 29 international matches, including four goals and two assists during three matches as the U.S. won the 2016 Nike Friendlies.

Sargent captained the U-17 MNT at the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, racking up five goals and two assists in five games as the U.S. finished runners-up in the tournament and qualified for October’s World Cup in India. Sargent particularly impressed during the USA's 4-3 comeback win against Mexico during the group stage, tallying two goals, one of which made that night's SportsCenter Top 10. 

WATCH: Josh Sargent's Stunning Individual Effort vs. Mexico

U-20 MNT

Days after helping the U.S. qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Sargent was named to Tab Ramos' final roster for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic. With the chance to become just the second player to appear in both U-17 and U-20 World Cup events during the same year, Sargent picked up where he left off, tallying two goals to lead the comeback in the USA's 3-3 draw with Ecuador to open proceedings in Korea.

At 17 years, 91 days, Sargent became the youngest player in U.S. history to score and just the sixth U.S. player to record a multi-goal game at the event.

Three days later, the 17-year-old was on target again, tallying what would stand as the game-winner in the 34th minute of the USA's 1-0 victory against Senegal.

Sargent then recorded the first goal in the U-20 MNT's 6-0 Round of 16 win against New Zealand. With the strike, he took his tournament total to four goals, tying Taylor Twellman (1999), Eddie Johnson (2003) and Jozy Altidore (2007) for most by a U.S. player at a single FIFA U-20 World Cup tournament. 

U-17 World Cup

After his stellar run at the U-20 World Cup, Sargent wore the captain’s armband for the U-17s at the 2017 World Cup. He continued his impressive 2017 in India, spearheading a lethal American attack. Opening the tournament against the hosts, Sargent opened the floodgates for the USA, earning and converting a 30th minute penalty kick to put the Red, White and Blue on the board in what would become a 3-0 win. A victory in the next match against Ghana punched the Americans’ ticket to the knockout round.

The Round of 16 saw an onslaught from the USA offense, as the U-17s took down Paraguay 5-0. Sargent added a goal and assisted on a hat trick from Tim Weah as well as a score from Andrew Carleton, the other two-thirds of the U-17s dangerous attacking trio.

In the quarterfinal, the U.S. fell to eventual champion England 3-1, but Sargent’s 72nd-minute strike gave him seven career goals in Youth World Cups, tying Freddy Adu’s mark for the most in U.S. Soccer history. 

Sargent is continuing to make history with his current call-up to the senior MNT’s November camp. He’s now the first player to ever to participate in the U-17, U-20 and senior MNT in the same year. 

Bundesliga Bound

Sargent’s play for the U-17 and U-20 MNT put him on the radar for more than a few professional clubs. On Sept. 20, German club Werder Bremen officially announced their plans to sign the American teenager when he turns 18 in February 2018. During a U-17 World Cup training camp, Sargent spoke about his plans to sign with the Bundesliga club:

“I am really excited to announce that when I turn 18, I will be signing with Werder Bremen of the Bundeslig. It’s been very fun, from the very start, ever since I’ve been in Saint Louis. My coaching staff and parents have been very supportive of what I’m doing and I’m very excited to be able to sign with a team like Bremen in the near future. I think Bremen knows that day-in and day-out I’ll give it my all and do everything I can to win them a trophy.”

Sargent joins a strong contingent of young U.S. players who have started their careers in Germany, including current senior team midfielder Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund) as well as the Schalke trio of Weston McKennie, Nicholas Taitague and Haji Wright (currently on loan with Sandhausen).

 




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Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
1-1 D 4-5 PK's Estadio Rommel Fernández; Panama City, Panama 233 Carleton
6-2 W Estadio Maracaná; Panama City, Panama Vassilev, Carleton, Coll(og), Jones, Reynolds, Weah
3-0 W Estadio Maracaná; Panama City, Panama Sargent(2), Akinola
1-0 W Estadio Maracaná; Panama City, Panama 186 Jones
4-3 W Estadio Maracaná; Panama City, Panama 198 Sargent(2), Ferri, Akinola
5-0 W Estadio Maracaná; Panama City, Panama 132 Durkin, Weah, Sargent, Akinola(2)

2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship - April 21-May 7 - Panama

PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
M 5-7 131 Miami, Fla. North Carolina FC
F 5-9 182 Brampton, Ontario Toronto FC
M 5-8 145 Eden, Utah Real Salt Lake
F 5-8 145 Powder Springs, Ga. Atlanta United FC
D 5-11 170 Glen Allen, Va. D.C. United
M 5-8 171 Southlake, Texas Solar Chelsea SC
GK 6-1 162 Miami, Fla. Atlanta United FC
D 5-9 155 Montclair, N.J. New York Red Bulls
M 5-8 154 Locus Grove, Ga. Atlanta United FC
F Clarkston, Ga. Georgia United
D 5-9 156 Charlotte, N.C. Sporting Kansas City
F 6-2 165 Little Elm, Texas FC Dallas
D 5-11 162 Rye, N.Y. New York City FC
GK 6-3 170 Philadelphia, Penn. S.L. Benfica
F 5-11 174 O'Fallen, Mo. St. Louis Scott Gallagher
M Mira Loma, Calif. FC Golden State
M 5-9 159 Savannah, Ga. Unattached
M 5-2 115 Hood River, Ore. Portland Timbers
D 6-0 157 Fort Wayne, Ind. Portland Timbers
F 6-0 145 Rosedale, N.Y. Paris Saint-Germain

2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship - April 21-May 7 - Panama

George Acosta

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Weight:
131

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Miami, Fla.

Club:
North Carolina FC

Ayo Akinola

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-9

Weight:
182

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Brampton, Ontario

Club:
Toronto FC

Taylor Booth

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
145

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Eden, Utah

Club:
Real Salt Lake

Andrew Carleton

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-8

Weight:
145

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Powder Springs, Ga.

Club:
Atlanta United FC

Christopher Durkin

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
170

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Glen Allen, Va.

Club:
D.C. United

Blaine Ferri

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
171

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Southlake, Texas

Club:
Solar Chelsea SC

Justin Garces

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-1

Weight:
162

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Miami, Fla.

Club:
Atlanta United FC

Chris Gloster

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-9

Weight:
155

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Montclair, N.J.

Club:
New York Red Bulls

Christopher Goslin

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Weight:
154

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Locus Grove, Ga.

Club:
Atlanta United FC

Zyen Jones

Position:
Forward

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Clarkston, Ga.

Club:
Georgia United

Jaylin Lindsey

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-9

Weight:
156

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Charlotte, N.C.

Club:
Sporting Kansas City

Bryan Reynolds

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-2

Weight:
165

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Little Elm, Texas

Club:
FC Dallas

James Sands

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
162

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Rye, N.Y.

Club:
New York City FC

Carlos Dos Santos

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-3

Weight:
170

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Philadelphia, Penn.

Club:
S.L. Benfica

Josh Sargent

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-11

Weight:
174

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
O'Fallen, Mo.

Club:
St. Louis Scott Gallagher

Arturo Vasquez

Position:
Midfielder

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Mira Loma, Calif.

Club:
FC Golden State

Indiana Vassilev

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-9

Weight:
159

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Savannah, Ga.

Club:
Unattached

Adrian Villegas

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-2

Weight:
115

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Hood River, Ore.

Club:
Portland Timbers

Akil Watts

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-0

Weight:
157

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Fort Wayne, Ind.

Club:
Portland Timbers

Timothy Weah

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-0

Weight:
145

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Rosedale, N.Y.

Club:
Paris Saint-Germain

Group A

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts
Panama 3 2 0 1 5 2 3 7
Honduras 3 2 1 0 8 5 3 6
Curacao 3 1 2 0 1 4 -3 3
Haiti
3 0 2 1 1 4 -3 1

Group B

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts
Costa Rica
3 3 0 0 8 2 6 9
Cuba 3 1 1 1 4 5 -1 4
Canada 3 1 2 0 4 4 0 3
Suriname 3 0 2 1 1 6 -5 1

Group C

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts
United States 3 3 0 0 10 3 7 9
Mexico 3 2 1 0 14 5 9 6
Jamaica 
3 1 2 0 4 11 -7 3
El Salvador 3 0 3 0 1 10 -9 0

Group A Schedule

Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
April 21 Curacao vs. Haiti 1-0 Estadio Maracaná; Panama City, Panama
April 21
Panama vs. Honduras 4-2
Estadio Maracaná; Panama City, Panama
April 24 Honduras vs. Curacao 3-0
Estadio Maracaná; Panama City, Panama
April 24 Panama vs. Haiti 0-0 Estadio Maracaná; Panama City, Panama
April 27
Honduras vs. Haiti 3-1 Estadio Maracaná; Panama City, Panama
April 27
Panama vs. Curacao 1-0 Estadio Maracaná; Panama City, Panama

Group B Schedule

Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
April 22 Cuba vs. Surinam 1-1
Estadio Maracaná; Panama City, Panama
April 22
Costa Rica vs. Canada 2-1
Estadio Maracaná; Panama City, Panama
April 25 Canada vs. Cuba 1-2 Estadio Maracaná; Panama City, Panama
April 25 Costa Rrica vs. Surinam 3-0
Estadio Maracaná; Panama City, Panama
April 28
Canada vs. Surinam 2-0 Estadio Maracaná; Panama City, Panama
April 28
Costa Rrica vs. Cuba 3-1 Estadio Maracaná; Panama City, Panama


Group C Schedule

Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
April 23 Jamaica vs. United States 0-4 Estadio Maracaná; Panama City, Panama
April 23
Mexico vs. El Salvador 6-0
Estadio Maracaná; Panama City, Panama
April 26 El Salvador vs. Jamaica 1-3 Estadio Maracaná; Panama City, Panama
April 26 Mexico vs. United States 3-4
Estadio Maracaná; Panama City, Panama
April 29
El Salvador vs. United States 0-1 Estadio Maracaná; Panama City, Panama
April 29
Mexico vs. Jamaica 5-1
Estadio Maracaná; Panama City, Panama

Classification Stage

Group D

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
United States 2 2 0 0 9 2 7 6
 Honduras
2 1 1 0 7 4 3 3
Cuba 2 0 2 0 3 13 -10 0

Group E

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Mexico 2 2 0 0 7 1 6 6
Costa Rica 2 1 1 0 3 7 -4 3
Panama
2 0 2 0 1 3 -2 0

Classification Stage Schedule

Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
May 1 Cuba vs. Honduras 1-7 Estadio Maracaná; Panama City, Panama
May 1 Costa Rica vs. Panama 2-1
Estadio Maracaná; Panama City, Panama
Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
May 3 Honduras vs. United States 0-3
Estadio Maracaná; Panama City, Panama
May 3 Panama vs. Mexico 0-1 Estadio Maracaná; Panama City, Panama
Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
May 5 Cuba vs. United States 6-2
Estadio Maracaná; Panama City, Panama
May 5 Costa Rica vs. Mexico 1-6 Estadio Maracaná; Panama City, Panama

Final

Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
May 7 United States vs. Mexico 1-1 (4-5 PKs)
Estadio Rommel Fernández; Panama City, Panama

2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Format:

The CONCACAF U-17 Championship format features three groups of four teams. The previous tournament featured two groups of six teams.

As host, Panama was seeded at the top of one of the three groups, while Costa Rica and Mexico were also assigned as the remaining two seeds. Mexico earns its seed as the current CONCACAF champion, while Costa Rica’s seed came as the result of being the best-placed CONCACAF team from the last edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, excluding the regional champion and host.

The top two teams in each of the three groups will advance to the Classification Stage, which features two groups (D and E) of three teams each. In the Classification Stage, the top two finishers from each group will qualify for the U-17 World Cup to be played from Oct 6-28 in India. Additionally, the first-place teams from Groups D and E will play for the 2017 CONCACAF championship.

U.S. U-17 Men's National Team - 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Stats

Record: 5-0-1

Player

Pos

GP

GS

Min.

G

A

Y/R

Acosta, George M 5 3 268 0 3 0/0
Akinola, Ayo F 5 5 388 4 2 0/0
Booth, Taylor M 3 2 183 0 0 1/0
Carleton, Andrew F 6 5 382 2 2 0/0
Durkin, Chris M 5 5 447 1 0 0/0
Ferri, Blaine M 4 4 247 1 2 0/0
Garces, Justin GK 5 5 450 0 0 0/0
Gloster, Chris D 5 5 405 0 0 0/0
Goslin, Chris M 5 3 272 0 0 1/0
Jones, Zyen
F 2 1 107 2 0 0/0
Lindsey, Jaylin D 5 5 450 0 1 0/0
Reynolds, Bryan F 3 1 128 1 1 0/0
Sands, James M 5 5 450 0 0 0/0
dos Santos, Carlos GK 1 1 90 0 0 0/0
Sargent, Josh F 5 5 405 5 2 0/0
Vasquez, Arturo M 5 5 450 0 0 1/0
Vassilev, Indiana M 3 2 182 1 0 1/0
Villegas, Adrian M 1 1 90 0 0 0/0
Watts, Akil M 4 2 229 0 0 0/0
Weah, Tim F 6 1 216 2 2 1/0
Own Goal 1
Totals
6 6 540 20 15 5/0
Opponent Totals
6 6 540 6 3 7/0

2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Goalkeeping Statistics

Player Name

GP

GS

Min.

GF

GA

SO

GAA

W-L-T

Garces, Justin 5 5 450 19 6 2 1.20 4-0-1
dos Santos, Carlos 1 1 90 1 0 1 0.00 1-0-0
Totals 6 6 540 20 6 3 1.00 5-0-1
Opponent Totals 6 6 540 6 20 0 3.33 0-5-1

Updated through May 7, 2017

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