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USA Begins 2017 U-17 World Cup with Strong 3-0 Win vs. Host India

NEW DELHI, India (Oct. 6, 2017) – The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team claimed a dominant 3-0 win against host India in their first Group A match at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

A raucous crowd of 46,312 turned out to support India for the nation’s first FIFA World Cup game at any level, but the USA was unfazed by boisterous atmosphere and through a wealth of possession carved out numerous chances throughout the first half before a clever move from captain Josh Sargent earned a penalty kick that he then converted in the 30th minute to give the U.S. a lead it would never relinquish.

Highlighting his Man of the Match performance for the U-17s, Chris Durkin gave the U.S. breathing room in the 51st minute with a well taken, volleyed goal after a U.S. corner was only half cleared. Andrew Carleton then put the U.S. out of sight with a smooth finish in the 84th minute, countering India’s only chunk of sustained pressure in the match to make it 3-0.

While U.S. goalkeeper Justin Garces had mostly light work in securing the shutout, he came up with a great challenge off his line in the 56th to force an India attacker into skying an attempt well over the bar and did so again in the 82nd to stifle any flicker of an India comeback.

Up Next: The U-17 MNT remains in New Delhi for its second Group A game which sees the team take on Ghana. Kickoff from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is set for 7:30 a.m. ET, and the match can be seen live on FS2 and UNIVERSO.

Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Classification Group D

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

1

1

0

0

3

3

0

3

Ghana

1

1

0

0

3

1

0

1

Colombia

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

-1

India

1

0

1

0

0

0

3

-3

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Josh Sargent, 30th minute: Sargent received the ball on the left side of India’s box and took his defender on one-v-one. He got the ball past his man but was brought down in the box as he attempted to follow earning a penalty kick which he dually converted with a hard shot into the lower left corner as the ‘keeper jumped the opposite direction. USA 1, IND 0

USA – Chris Durkin, 51st minute: Andrew Carleton’s hard work won the U.S. a corner that Blaine Ferri hit to the back post where a group of players challenged for it. The ball fell just above the penalty spot and Drukin was on hand to blast a left-footed volley on frame. An India defender got a touch to the shot but it was not enough to keep the powerful shot out of the net. USA 2, IND 0

USA – Andrew Carleton (George Acosta), 84th minute: After a spell of pressure from India that included a shot that rebounded off the USA’s crossbar, Acosta got hold of the ball in his defensive third, picked up his head and picked out Carleton with a peach of a pass over top the India defense that led Carleton in on goal. With a calm move, Carleton rounded the ‘keeper and slotted the ball into the vacated net to cement the final 3-0 margin. USA 3, IND 0 FINAL

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. India
Date: Oct. 6, 2017
Competition: FIFA U-17 World Cup
Venue: Jawaharal Nehru Stadium; New Dehli, India
Kickoff: 10:30 a.m. ET (8 p.m. local)
Attendance: 46,312
Weather: 85 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
USA                             1          2          3
IND                              0          0          0

USA – Josh Sargent (penalty kick)                30th minute
USA – Chris Durkin                                        51
USA – Andrew Carleton (George Acosta)     84

Lineups:
USA: 1-Justin Garces; 3-Chris Gloster, 4-James Sands, 6-Chris Durkin, 2-Jaylin Lindsey; 11-Andrew Carleton (18-Indiana Vassilev, 90+1), 8-Blaine Ferri, 20-Chris Goslin; 10-Tim Weah (19-Jacobo Reyes, 85), 9-Josh Sargent (capt.), 7-Ayo Akinola (15-George Acosta, 66)
Subs not used: 12-CJ Dos Santos, 21-Alexander Budnik, 5-Tyler Shaver, 13-Sergino Dest, 14-Akil Watts, 16-Taylor Booth, 17-Bryan Reynolds
Head Coach: John Hackworth

IND: 1-Dheeraj Moirangthem; 3-Jitendra Singh, 4-Anwar Ali, 5-Sanjeev Stalin, 6-Suresh Wangjam (13-Lalengmawia, 90+3); 7-Ninthoinganba Meetei (16-Nongdamba Naorem, 70), 8-Amarjit Kiyam (capt.), 9-Aniket Jadhav, 10-Abhijit Sarkar (14-Rahim Ali, 70); 11-Komal Thatal, 17-Rahul Kannoly
Subs not used: 2-Boris Thangjam, 12-Anthony Hendry, 15-Jeakson Thounaojam, 18-Namit Deshpande, 19-Mohammed Shahjahan, 20-Prabhsukhan Gill, 21-Sunny Dhaliwal
Head Coach: Luis Norton de Matos

Stats Summary: USA/IND
Shots: 19 / 8
Shots on Goal: 7 / 1
Saves: 1 / 4
Corner Kicks: 3 / 3
Fouls: 10 / 8
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Gery Vargas (BOL)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Pablo Montano (BOL)
Assistant Referee 2: Jose Alberto Antelo Arauz (BOL)
Fourth Official: Claudia Umpierrez (URU)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Chris Durkin

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GALLERY: U-17 MNT Opens World Cup with 3-0 Win Over India

The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team claimed a dominant 3-0 win against host India in their first Group A match at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
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USA Begins 2017 U-17 World Cup with Strong 3-0 Win vs. Host India

NEW DELHI, India (Oct. 6, 2017) – The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team claimed a dominant 3-0 win against host India in their first Group A match at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

A raucous crowd of 46,312 turned out to support India for the nation’s first FIFA World Cup game at any level, but the USA was unfazed by boisterous atmosphere and through a wealth of possession carved out numerous chances throughout the first half before a clever move from captain Josh Sargent earned a penalty kick that he then converted in the 30th minute to give the U.S. a lead it would never relinquish.

Highlighting his Man of the Match performance for the U-17s, Chris Durkin gave the U.S. breathing room in the 51st minute with a well taken, volleyed goal after a U.S. corner was only half cleared. Andrew Carleton then put the U.S. out of sight with a smooth finish in the 84th minute, countering India’s only chunk of sustained pressure in the match to make it 3-0.

While U.S. goalkeeper Justin Garces had mostly light work in securing the shutout, he came up with a great challenge off his line in the 56th to force an India attacker into skying an attempt well over the bar and did so again in the 82nd to stifle any flicker of an India comeback.

Up Next: The U-17 MNT remains in New Delhi for its second Group A game which sees the team take on Ghana. Kickoff from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is set for 7:30 a.m. ET, and the match can be seen live on FS2 and UNIVERSO.

Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Classification Group D

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

1

1

0

0

3

3

0

3

Ghana

1

1

0

0

3

1

0

1

Colombia

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

-1

India

1

0

1

0

0

0

3

-3

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Josh Sargent, 30th minute: Sargent received the ball on the left side of India’s box and took his defender on one-v-one. He got the ball past his man but was brought down in the box as he attempted to follow earning a penalty kick which he dually converted with a hard shot into the lower left corner as the ‘keeper jumped the opposite direction. USA 1, IND 0

USA – Chris Durkin, 51st minute: Andrew Carleton’s hard work won the U.S. a corner that Blaine Ferri hit to the back post where a group of players challenged for it. The ball fell just above the penalty spot and Drukin was on hand to blast a left-footed volley on frame. An India defender got a touch to the shot but it was not enough to keep the powerful shot out of the net. USA 2, IND 0

USA – Andrew Carleton (George Acosta), 84th minute: After a spell of pressure from India that included a shot that rebounded off the USA’s crossbar, Acosta got hold of the ball in his defensive third, picked up his head and picked out Carleton with a peach of a pass over top the India defense that led Carleton in on goal. With a calm move, Carleton rounded the ‘keeper and slotted the ball into the vacated net to cement the final 3-0 margin. USA 3, IND 0 FINAL

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Five Things to Know About the U-17 World Cup

For the first time ever, a FIFA competition will be played in the Indian subcontinent when the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup kicks off on Friday, Oct. 6. Here are five things you should know about the 17th edition of FIFA’s youngest world championship.

What is the U-17 World Cup? 

In the vein of the FIFA World Cup, the U-17 World Cup is the world championship and most important competition for players age 17 and under. The peak of the U-17 age group’s two-year cycle, 24 nations will compete in this year’s 17th biennial tournament.

The teams come from every continental confederation: four each from Asia, Africa, North America and South America, two from Oceania and five from Europe. The final team is India, the host nation, competing in its first FIFA World Cup in any age group. Teams are drawn into six groups of four with the USA in Group A with India, Colombia and Ghana. 

MORE: USA Draws India, Ghana and Colombia in Group A of 2017 U-17 World Cup

The top two teams from each group and the four best third-place teams by points gained advance to the knock-out round of 16. The USA will face India in the host’s opening match on Oct. 6 in New Dehli at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (10:30 a.m. ET; FS2, Universo). The red, white and blue then play Ghana at the same venue on Oct. 9 (7:30 a.m. ET; FS2, Universo) and close out pool play on Oct. 12 against Colombia at Navi Mumbai’s Dr. DY Patil Stadium (10:30 a.m. ET; FS2, Universo).

A Look Back at the 17 U-17 World Cups

The U-17 World Cup began as the FIFA U-16 World Championship before becoming the FIFA U-17 World Championship in 1991. The competition was renamed the U-17 World Cup in 2007. It’s the second youth world championship established by FIFA.  

Some of soccer’s biggest stars have gotten their start on the international stage at the U-17 World Cup. Players like Neymar, Ronaldinho, Andres Iniesta, Toni Kroos, Gianlugi Buffon and more have all turned heads at this tournament. The U-17 squads are laden with players from the world’s biggest clubs like FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea and more.

Nigeria has been the competition’s most successful squad, taking home the title five times, including the last two tournaments in 2013 and 2015. However, the Golden Eaglets have failed to qualify for the 2017 edition.

This year’s competition marks the 16th U-17 World Cup for the USA, tied with Brazil for the most appearances all-time. Several U.S. Men’s National Team stars saw their first international action in the U-17 World Cup. Players like Christian Pulisic (2015), Jozy Altidore (2005), Tim Howard (1995) all played in the U-17 World Cup and are currently in camp with the MNT as they aim to punch the USA’s ticket to its eighth-straight senior World Cup.

The 1999 team, headlined by Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley and Kyle Beckerman, earned the team’s best-ever finish with a fourth-place showing.

More: Five Things to Know About the USA's History at the U-17 World Cup

India Carries Favor with the Soccer World

 

India has never qualified for a FIFA tournament but it’s the sixth Asian nation to host the U-17 World Cup, joining China, Japan, Korea Republic and the United Arab Emirates. The world’s second most populous country has very little international soccer history to speak of. The team has appeared in four Olympic Games and its highest-profile hardware is a set of seven South Asian Football Federation Championship titles, competing against the likes of Maldives, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

The country is abuzz as the tournament nears closer to kick-off. Several matches are already sold out, including the host’s opener against the USA. Tickets to the Final sold out in hours.

India’s U-17 squad has played over 80 matches in 18 different countries over the last two years to prepare for the tournament. One of those matches came against the USA, a 4-0 red, white and blue victory at the 2016 AIFF Youth Cup in Goa, India.

MORE: U-17 MNT Blanks India 4-0 in 2016 AIFF Youth Cup

Kheleo the Clouded Leopard will welcome fans to India as the tournament’s official mascot. Clouded leopards are a vulnerable wild cat, and they reside all the way from mainland Southeast Asia to the outskirts of the Himalayas. 

The soccer-loving Kheleo will surely be seen dancing to “Kar Ke Dikhla De Goal,” the official song of the World Cup. It features several Indian artists as well as Indian soccer star Bhaichung Bhutia.

International Soccer Isn’t Just for Grown-Ups

The U-17 World Cup is the first major international competition for top youth players worldwide. For this tournament, all players must be born between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2002. Youth National Team cycles last for two years and after this tournament, the 2000 age group will begin preparation towards the 2019 U-20 World Cup, which India has already declared interest in hosting.

Each continental confederation has its own qualification tournament for the U-17 World Cup. The USA secured its spot as the second-place team at last spring’s CONCACAF U-17 Championship, falling to Mexico in the Final on penalty kicks.

For the first time this year, Oceania received two qualifying spots; New Zealand and New Caledonia will represent the region. Niger joins India and New Caledonia in making their U-17 World Cup debuts. 

What to Watch For

While the tournament field is headlined by traditional world soccer powers like Brazil, Spain and Germany, other nations have found success at the U-17 level. African countries have won the most titles as Nigeria and Ghana have combined for seven championships.

England will look to continue a year of youth championship successes in India. The Three Lions won the U-20 World Cup in June and the UEFA U-19 Championship in July while making the semi-finals at June’s UEFA U-21 Championship. The U-17 team that will take the field in India took home second place at the UEFA U-17 Championship, falling in penalty kicks to Spain in the Final. 

The USA brings one of its most-promising squads ever to the U-17 World Cup. Headlined by U-20 World Cup Silver Boot winner Josh Sargent, promising Paris St. Germain prospect George Weah and Development Academy champion Andrew Carleton, the American attack is poised to be dangerous.

The rest of the squad is filled with MLS Homegrown talent, players from top Development Academy clubs and several strong European prospects. It’s been a stellar cycle for the U-17s, as they have compiled a 34-10-5 record, defeating seven teams in the World Cup field.

MORE: Hackworth Names USA Roster for 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India



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Five Things to Know About the India U-17 MNT

The United States Under-17 Men’s National Team opens the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup against India on Oct 6 in New Delhi, India. The match will be televised live on FS2 and UNIVERSO at 10:30 a.m. ET.

Here are five things you should know about the USA’s opening opponent in New Delhi:

FIRST TIME IN ANY FIFA WORLD CUP

India has reached the U-17 World Cup for the first time in its federation’s history. The Blue Tigers only previous major FIFA tournaments came in the 1948, 1952, 1956, 1960 Olympic tournaments. The nation’s best finish was a fourth place showing in 1956. As hosts, India will look to capitalize on home field advantage and national support.

THE ROSTER

India’s 21-man roster for the U-17 World Cup features 20 domestic-based players, along with one player from Toronto FC in goalkeeper Sunny Dhaliwal. Sixteen of the 20 domestic-based players come from one club, AIFF Academy.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Sunny Dhaliwal (Toronto FC/CAN), Prabhsukhan Gill (AIFF Academy/IND), Dheeraj Moirangthem (AIFF Academy/IND)

DEFENDERS (6): Anwar Ali (Minerva Punjab FC/IND), Hendry Antonay (AIFF Academy/IND), Namit Deshpande (AIFF Academy/IND), Jitendra Singh (AIFF Academy/IND), Sanjeev Stalin (AIFF Academy/IND), Boris Thangjam (AIFF Academy/IND)

MIDFIELDERS (10): Rahul Kannoly (AIFF Academy/IND), Amarjit Kiyam (AIFF Academy/IND)

Lalengmawia Lalengmawia (AIFF Academy/IND), Ninthoinganba Meetei (AIFF Academy/IND), Nongdamba Naorem (Minerva Punjab FC/IND), Abhijit Sarkar (AIFF Academy/IND), Mohammad Shahjahan (Minerva Punjab FC/IND), Komal Thatal (AIFF Academy/IND), Jeakson Thounaojam (Minerva Punjab FC/IND), Suresh Wangjam (AIFF Academy/IND)

FORWARDS (2): Rahim Ali (AIFF Academy/IND), Aniket Jadhav (AIFF Academy/IND)

THE MANAGER

A 63-year old native of Lisbon, Portugal, Luís Norton de Matos has been in charge of the India U-17 National Team since March. Prior to taking over the U-17’s, de Matos was the head coach of C.F. União for two years. Coaching since 1989, de Matos’ vast array of managerial experience includes stints at Atlético (POR), Étoile Lusitana (SEN) and Benfica B (POR).

As a former professional Portuguese soccer player, de Matos’ primary position was that of a forward. In 1982, de Matos made five appearances for the           Portugal national team and scored one goal. Playing professionally from 1972-1987, de Matos’ longest club tenure came from 1981–1984, where he made 75 appearances for Portimonense S.C., scoring 19 goals.

HOW THEY GOT HERE

As the host country, India received an automatic berth into the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. The team did, however, host and compete in the 2016 AFC U-16 Championship. Here’s a look at their results:

Group Stage

Sept. 15

2-3 L vs. United Arab Emirates

Sept. 18

3-3 T vs. Saudi Arabia

Sept. 21

0-3 L vs. Iran

During the 2016 AFC U-16 Championship, India saw five different players each bag a single goal. Of the five players, four made the final FIFA U-17 World Cup roster: forward Aniket Anil Jadhav, midfielders Boris Singh Thangjam and Suresh Singh Wangjam, and defender Sanjeev Stalin.

2017 India U-17 MNT

SCOUTING REPORT

In a recent teleconference call with media, U.S. U-17 MNT head coach John Hackworth spoke on what to except from The Blue Tigers:

“All three of those games present different challenges to us. We’ve played India once before, we were successful against them, but it wasn’t in the opening game of the World Cup, it wasn’t them hosting a World Cup. My feeling is that, and from the information I’ve heard, there’s going to be a very loud crowd. They are already, above anything else, an incredibly athletic and hard-working team. We are going to have to beat the host country in the opening game with a lot of the ceremony around that and that is a difficult challenge.”

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Five Things to Know About the USA at the 2017 U-17 World Cup

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team kicks off the 2017 U-17 FIFA World Cup on Friday, Oct. 6 against hosts India (10:30 a.m. ET; FS2, UNIVERSO). Here’s what you should know about the squad heading into the tournament.

At the Helm
Head coach John Hackworth is back in charge for his third FIFA U-17 World Cup, a feat only two other coaches (Roy Rees and John Ellinger) in program history have achieved. The former Philadelphia Union manager previously coached the U.S. in the 2005 and 2007 editions of the tournament, earning fifth place and a 16th place finish, respectively. He also served as an assist at the 2003 U-17 World Cup under Ellinger, when the team finished fifth.  

Get to Know the Guys
After two years of preparation, Hackworth has assembled a 21-player roster, 18 of whom have ties to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. The squad is captained by Josh Sargent, who earned the Silver Boot at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup earlier this year and recently announced he will sign with Bundesliga club Werder Bremen next February when he turns 18. The group also includes six players signed to MLS Homegrown contracts – Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC), Chris Durkin (D.C. United), Chris Goslin (Atlanta United FC), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City), Bryan Reynolds Jr. (FC Dallas) and James Sands (New York City FC), two of whom have already made their pro league debuts.

In addition, four members of the team compete for international clubs: Sergiño Dest (Ajax), CJ Dos Santos (S.L. Benfica), Jacobo Reyes (C.F. Monterrey) and Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain). Weah is the son of George Weah, the 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year. 

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