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USA Takes Control of Group A at 2017 U-17 World Cup with 1-0 Win vs. Ghana

NEW DELHI, India (Oct. 9, 2017) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team put together an excellent showing to take control of Group A at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup thanks to Ayo Akinola’s 75th minute strike that earned the USA a hard fought 1-0 win against Ghana.

A scoreless first half did not lack for quality or action between the two sides. The U.S. seized the upper hand after the opening 10 minutes, carving out a host of opportunities that had the Ghana defense scrambling or forced goalkeeper Ibrahim Danlad into action. His counterpart at the other end, Justin Garces, also had to be on his toes in the later stages of the opening 45 minutes as Ghana was able to fight back into the game, but the U.S. ‘keeper and defense did well to limit the Black Sarlets to mostly speculative, long-range efforts.

The U.S. had done well in the first half to maintain the majority of possession and ultimately was able to do so again in the second despite a strong opening to the second stanza by Ghana. With the 90-plus degree weather beginning to take a toll, the U.S. defense bent but did not break as Ghana’s wingers began to get around the outside.

However, a smartly executed high press from the U.S. turned the game in its favor midway through the half as Chris Durkin came up with the ball deep in Ghana territory and initiated the passing sequence that ended with the ball on Akinola’s foot. The second half sub did the rest, beat multiple defenders and the goalkeeper with a deft finish to give the USA the 1-0 lead against the run of play.

Ten minutes later a clash of heads between U.S. captain Josh Sargent and Black Starlets Abdul Yusif reduced Ghana to 10 men as both sides had already used all three subs and Yusif could not re-enter the match due to injury.

With the man advantage, the U.S. put its foot on the ball, maintained possession and saw out six minutes of injury time to claim an impressive three points and go top of the Group A standings.

Up Next: The U-17 MNT next travels to Navi Mumbai for its Group A finale vs. Colombia. Kickoff from Dr. DY Patil Stadium is set for 10:30 a.m. ET, and the match can be seen live on FS2 and UNIVERSO.

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2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup - Group A

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

2

2

0

0

6

4

0

4

Ghana

2

1

1

0

3

1

1

0

Colombia

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

-1

India

1

0

1

0

0

0

3

-3

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Ayo Akinola (Chris Goslin), 75th minute: The U.S. employed a high pressure trap to win a turnover in Ghana’s defensive third. Chris Durkin came up with the ball on the left wing and picked out Goslin stationed just above the center of the box. He kept the ball moving over to Akinola on the right side of the box and the speedy substitute beat his defender before fending off another and lifting his shot over the onrushing Danlad for the game-winning goal. USA 1, GHA 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. Ghana
Date: Oct. 9, 2017
Competition: FIFA U-17 World Cup – Group A
Venue: Jawaharal Nehru Stadium; New Dehli, India
Kickoff: 7:30 a.m. ET (5 p.m. local)
Attendance: 17,500
Weather: 91, mostly sunny

Scoring Summary:      1          2          F
USA                             0          1          1
GHA                            0          0          0

USA – Ayo Akinola (Chris Goslin)       75th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Justin Garces; 2-Jaylin Lindsey, 3-Chris Gloster, 4-James Sands, 13-Sergino Dest (14-Akil Watts, 63); 8-Blaine Ferri, 6-Chris Durkin, 20-Chris Goslin; 10-Tim Weah (7-Ayo Akinola, 63), 9-Josh Sargent (Capt.), 11-Andrew Carleton (18-Indiana Vassilev, 81)
Subs not used: 5-Tyler Shaver, 12-CJ Dos Santos, 15-George Acosta, 16-Taylor Booth, 17-Bryan Reynolds, 19-Jacobo Reyes, 21-Alex Budnik
Head Coach: John Hackworth

GHA: 1-Danlad Ibrahim; 5-Najeeb Yakubu, 6-Eric Ayiah (Capt.), 8-Kudus Mohammed (9-Richard Danso, 73), 10-Emmanuel Toku (7-Ibrahim Sulley, 82); 11-Aminu Mohammed (13-Gabriel Leveh, 57), 12-Abdul Yusif (Exited in 85th, was not replaced), 15-Gideon Mensah, 17-Rashid Alhassan; 19-Sadiq Ibrahim, 20-Isaac Gyamfi
Subs not used: 2-John Out, 3-Gideon Acquah, 4-Edmund Arko-Mensah, 14-Bismark Owusu, 16-Kwame Aziz, 18-Mohammed Iddriss, 21-Michael Acquaye
Head coach: Fabian Samuel 

Stats Summary: USA/GHA
Shots: 11/ 18
Shots on Goal: 2/3
Saves: 3/1
Corner Kicks: 2/5
Fouls: 10/9
Offside: 0/1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Chris Goslin (Caution)              6th minute
GHA – Kudus Mohammed (Caution) 69
GHA – Richard Danso (Caution)         86

Officials:
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Polichronis Kostaras (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Lazaros DiMitriadis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Esther Staubli (SUI)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Ayo Akinola

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GALLERY: U-17 MNT Defeats Ghana to Take Group A Lead

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NEW DELHI, India (Oct. 9, 2017) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team put together an excellent showing to take control of Group A at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup thanks to Ayo Akinola’s 75th minute strike that earned the USA a hard fought 1-0 win against Ghana. A scoreless first half did not lack for quality or action between the two sides. The U.S. seized the upper hand aft Read more
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Five Things to Know: Ghana U-17s

Coming off a commanding 3-0 win in their tournament opener against the host nation India, the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team continues play at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup on Monday, Oct. 9 when it meets Ghana, which defeated Colombia 1-0 in its first match, at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. The game will be televised on FS2, and UNIVERSO at 7:30 a.m. ET. Here are five things Read more
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PREVIEW: USA Aims to Take Control of Group A at 2017 U-17 World Cup vs. Ghana

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team is set to square off against Ghana on Monday, Oct. 9 in its second game of Group A play at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India. The match kicks off at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi at 7:30 a.m. ET and will be broadcast on FS2 and UNIVERSO. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

The U.S. kicked off the tournament with a convincing 3-0 win against host India on Friday, while Ghana earned a 1-0 victory against Colombia. The two teams now sit atop Group A with three points each, with the USA holding the advantage over the African side on goal differential.

After its match against Ghana, the U-17 MNT will close out group play against Colombia on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 10:30 a.m. ET. That game can also be seen on FS2 and UNIVERSO.

2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup Group A Standings

2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup - Group A Standings

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

2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup Group Pairings:
Group A: India (host), USA, Colombia, Ghana
Group B: Paraguay, Mali, New Zealand, Turkey
Group C: Iran, Guinea, Germany, Costa Rica
Group D: Korea DPR, Niger, Brazil, Spain
Group E: Honduras, Japan, New Caledonia, France
Group F: Iraq, Mexico, Chile, England

U.S. U-17 MNT’s Group A Schedule:
Oct. 6, 10:30 a.m. ET: India 0, USA 3; Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi
Oct. 9, 7:30 a.m. ET: Ghana vs. USA; Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi
Oct. 12, 10:30 a.m. ET: USA vs. Colombia; Dr. DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai

HIGH ATTENDENCE IGNITES THE START OF GROUP A PLAY
With 24,300 and 46,312 fans filling New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium for Colombia vs. Ghana and India vs. USA, respectively, both Group A games got off to electric starts, fueled by the Indian supporters.

The U.S. silenced the raucous crowd in the 30th minute when captain Josh Sargent used a clever bit of footwork to earn a penalty, which he calmly finished to the left side of the net whilst sending The Blue Tigers goalkeeper in the opposite direction. India’s compact defensive play allowed the Americans just two shots on goal in the first half.

Six minutes into the second frame, D.C. United homegrown, and 2014-2015 Development Academy East Conference U-15/16 Best XI selection, Chris Durkin helped the U-17s tighten their hold on the game. After a USA corner kick was hit to the back post and faintly cleared by the India defense, the ball fell just above the penalty spot where Durkin sent in a left-footed volley. An India defender got a touch to the shot but it was not enough to keep the blast off-frame.

Atlanta United F.C. homegrown Andrew Carleton sealed the win for the USA in the 84th minute when the midfielder received a brilliant long ball from George Acosta, dribbled past the India ‘keeper and slotted the ball into the net.

In the earlier Group A game, Ghana used just one first half goal, accompanied by a courageous second half defensive performance, to begin its U-17 World Cup campaign with three points. Midfielder Sadiq Ibrahim played hero for the Black Stars in the 39th minute when his blistering finish found the back-post netting from an assist by forward Eric Ayiah.

USA SETTING RECORDS
The U.S. U-17’s set three records in their decisive 3-0 win vs. India. The first two came from none other than the captain. If it wasn’t enough to become the youngest U.S. player to score a FIFA U-20 World Cup goal during May’s older-age tournament, Sargent’s start at forward officially tied him with Freddy Adu (2003) as the only U.S. male players to play in two FIFA youth World Cups in the same calendar year. By converting his penalty kick, Sargent became the only male American to score in the U-17 and U-20 World Cup in the same calendar year. Sargent also joins a notable contingent of players, including Adu, Jozy Altidore and Taylor Twellman to score in both U-17 and U-20 World Cups for the USA.

The 3-0 score line was also a new record for the USA. Against the host country, the USA’s previous best margin of victory in a U-17 World Cup came in 1999 (New Zealand, 2-1) and 1991 (Italy, 1-0). The victory also ties 2011’s 3-0 win against Czech Republic as the second best opening game margin of victory for the USA, trailing only the USA’s 6-1 victory over Korea Republic to kick off the FIFA U-17 World Championship in Finland in 2003.

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position (Club; Hometown)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alex Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos (S.L. 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.)

SO WE MEET AGAIN
The USA have run into Ghana two times in its 12 previous U-17 World Cups. The most notable encounter came in 1999, where the USA’s 2-0 loss to Ghana in the Third-Place Game marked the USA’s best finish in a U-17 World Cup.

The first encounter against Ghana came during the group stage of the FIFA U-17 World Championship in 1995. After starting 0-2 in the group, the U.S. needed a win for any chance of advancement. Instead, it would be Ghana who would find the back of the net twice, besting current U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard.

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).

Ghana makes their ninth U-17 World Cup appearance, and first since 2007. Qualifying for the World Cup by finishing second to Mali at the 2017 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations, the Black Stars have returned home with championship hardware in 1991 and 1995, and came up just shy twice, taking silver in 1993 and 1997. In 43 games played from 1989 to 2007, Ghana’s U-17s have posted a 27-6-10 record, scoring 86 goals to 36 allowed. The Black Stars will present an athletic threat to the USA, as the two nations continue to build a rivalry stemming from recent senior Men’s National Team World Cup encounters.

MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM RIVALRY
Having qualified for the past three FIFA World Cups, Ghana has met the U.S. Men’s National Team each time along the way. In every game, the final score ended 2-1.

In 2006, the nations faced off in the final Group Stage match, where Clint Dempsey’s first-half equalizer was undone by a questionable penalty call that led to a conversion by Stephen Appiah as the Black Stars advanced to the Knockout Round.

In 2010, Ghana and the U.S. met in the Round of 16. There, Kevin-Prince Boateng’s fifth minute strike was cancelled out by a penalty kick from Landon Donovan in the 62nd minute. That goal sent things to extra time where Ghana prevailed again thanks to a 93rd minute goal from Asamoah Gyan.

The sides last met in the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. This time, Dempsey tallied in the first minute, giving the U.S. the lead until Andre Ayew pulled things even in the 82nd minute. Just as it looked like Ghana would once again ruin the USA’s party, MNT defender John Brooks headed home the game-winning goal off a Graham Zusi corner kick in the 86th minute, finally handing sweet revenge to the Americans.

HOW THEY GOT HERE
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.

Ghana qualified for the 2017 U-17 World Cup by finishing as the runner-up at the 2017 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in Madagascar. Drawn into Group A, Ghana topped the four-team group to advance to the semifinals and simultaneously clinch its spot at the World Cup. Following a 4-0 victory over Cameroon, the Black Stars took down Gabon 5-0 before finishing the group stage with a 0-0 draw vs. Guinea. In the semifinals, Ghana defeated Niger in penalties, 6-5, after finishing regulation scoreless. In the final, the Black Stars fell to CAF champions, Mali.

Ghana U-17 MNT Roster by Position (Club/Club Country):
GOALKEEPERS (3): Michael Acquaye (WAFA FC, GHA), Kwame Aiz (Mandela Soccer Academy, GHA), Danlad Ibrahim (Asante Kotoko SC, GHA)

DEFENDERS (8): Gideon Acquah (Bofoakwa Tano FC, GHA), Rashid Alhassan (Aduana Stars FC, GHA), Edmund Arko-Mensah (Wa All Stars FC, GHA), Gideon Mensah (Right to Dream Academy FC, GHA), John Otu (Dreams FC, GHA), Bismark Owusu (Mandela Soccer Academy, GHA), Najeeb Yakubu (New Town Youth FC, GHA), Abdul Yusif (Koforidua Youth, GHA)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Isaac Gyamfi (New Life Football Academy FC, GHA), Sadiq Ibrahim (Right to Dream Academy FC, GHA), Mohammed Iddriss (Cheetah FC, GHA), Gabriel Leveh (Tema Youth FC, GHA), Kudus Mohammed (Right to Dream Academy FC, GHA), Ibrahim Sulley (New Life Football Academy FC, GHA), Emmanuel Toku (Cheetah FC, GHA)

FORWARDS (3): Eric Ayiah (Charity Stars FC, GHA), Richard Danso (WAFA FC, GHA), Aminu Mohammed (WAFA FC, GHA)

TOURNAMENT FORMAT
The 2017 tournament begins in a group stage with 24 nations split into six four-team groups. After the initial round-robin play, the top two teams from each group, plus the four best third-place teams, advance to the Round of 16, where the single-elimination knockout games begin. In total, 52 games will be played to decide the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup champion.

JAWAHARLAL NEHRU STADIUM
The USA is set to play its second consecutive match at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. The third and final group match will be played at Dr. DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.

The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (JLNS) in New Delhi is one of three FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 stadiums to be named after Jawaharlal Nehru, who was India's first Prime Minister (1947-1964), and one of the nation's main political figures during and after the struggle for independence. The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is the fourth largest multipurpose stadium in India, with a capacity of 58,000. It was built in 1982 for the Asian Games and renovated completely for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. It also hosted the 1989 Asian Championships in Athletics.

Amazingly, situated in the venue is the “Phoota Gumbad”, a tomb believed to belong to Tughlaq dynasty. The monument has survived over seven centuries, and has been saved for posterity due to its historical significance.

HACKWORTH IN CHARGE FOR A THIRD WORLD CUP
Competing in his third World Cup at the helm of the United States’ U-17 MNT, head coach John Hackworth (2005, 2007, 2017) has tied John Ellinger (1999, 2001, 2003) with the most all-time head coaching appearances in the U-17 World Cup. Hackworth now trails only Roy Rees, who coached two U-17 World Cups (1991, 1993) after leading two teams (1987, 1989) in the previous U-16 edition.

Hackworth’s 2005 squad, which included current U.S. MNT stars Jozy Altidore and Omar Gonzalez, finished atop its group after 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.

After the win against India, Hackworth moved into sole position of third place on the all-time wins list. With his four, Hackworth now only trails Roy Rees (6) and John Ellinger (5).

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

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

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team is preparing to make its 16th appearance in the FIFA U-17 World Cup or World Championship since the competition’s inception in 1985. As head coach John Hackworth’s side looks to make their own history, catch up on the past accolades of the USA’s performance in this major youth competition.

Sixteen and Counting
The USA will be competing in its 16th U-17 FIFA World Cup, which ties the nation with Brazil for the most appearances all-time.

After qualifying for 14 consecutive World Cups at this age group from 1985 through 2011, the U.S. lost in the quarterfinals of the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship and failed to advance to the 2013 edition in the United Arab Emirates.

The U.S. has bounced back, qualifying for the 2015 and 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cups to keep pace with Brazil, which has qualified for 12 straight after missing out in 1993.

With 15 tournaments under their belts, the U.S. has played the fourth most matches all-time with 55 games played, sitting behind Brazil (75), Nigeria (63) and Argentina (61). The U.S. holds a 19-28-8 overall record with 75 goals scored and 96 goals against.

Memories of 1999
The USA’s best ever finish in its previous 15 appearances was a fourth-place result at the 1999 U-17 World Cup in New Zealand.

Led by the dynamic duo of Landon Donovan, who won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s top player, and DaMarcus Beasley, who won the Silver Ball, the U.S. finished atop Group A with seven points from two wins and a draw. Donovan scored the game-winner in their opening 2-1 win against host New Zealand, and the lone goal in a 1-1 draw with Poland. In their final group game, it was another future MNT standout, Oguchi Onyewu, who scored the game-winner in a 1-0 victory against Uruguay.

After finishing atop the group, the U.S. had to face CONCACAF rival Mexico in the quarterfinals. Getting goals from Demarcus Beasley, Jordan Cila and Kyle Beckerman (pre-dreads), the U.S. moved on with a 3-2 victory. With a trip to the Final on the line, Donovan and Onyewu tallied for the U.S. to finish regulation tied 2-2 with Australia but their magical run ended when they lost in penalties (6-7). In the third-place match, the U.S. fell to a Michael Essien led Ghana 2-0 to end up with the fourth-place finish.

While fourth place is still the best finish all-time for the U.S., the Americans have finished fifth a total of three times. The first fifth place finish came in 1991, before the team did so again in back-to-back tournaments in 2003 and 2005. Two other top-10 finishes came in 1993 (seventh) and 1989 (10th).

Stats, Stats, Stats
Delving deeper into the previous 15 tournaments the U.S. has competed in, here are some additional stats:

Number of Hat Tricks – 2
Judah Cooks and Freddy Adu are the only U.S. players to score a hat trick in the U-17 World Cup. Cooks pulled off the feat first, doing so in 1993 against Qatar in a 5-1 victory in the USA’s final group game in Japan. Ten years later, Adu followed suit with an impressive three-goal performance in the team’s 6-1 opening match victory against South Korea in Lahti, Finland.

Most Goals Scored in Entire Tournament – 9
Considering it was the USA’s best performance all-time, it’s no surprise 1999 was also when they scored the most goals overall in the tournament, tallying nine goals through their first five games (they didn’t score in their sixth game, the third-place match against Ghana).

Most Goals Scored in Single Match – 6
Adu led the way with his hat trick, but goals from fellow forward Jamie Watson (now a Minnesota United FC broadcaster) and defenders Brandon Owens and Steven Curfman (who definitely weren’t known for their scoring prowess) allowed the U.S. to tally the most goals ever by a U.S. team in a U-17 World Cup match.

Most Shutouts in a single Tournament – 2
The U.S. has recorded two shutouts during three different U-17 World Cups: 1991, 2009 and 2011.

1,000th Goal
The 1,000th goal in the history of the U-17 World Cup was scored by Ryan Soroka on Sept. 20, 2005, during the USA’s 3-1 victory against Italy in their group game in Peru.

Future MNT Stars
Along with Donovan, Beasley, Onyewu and Beckerman, as mentioned above in the 1999 team, there have been a large number of U.S. Men’s National Team players who competed at the U-17 World Cup.

Below is a list of senior MNT players currently in camp preparing for the USA’s upcoming final two 2018 World Cup Qualifiers against Panama and Trinidad & Tobago: 

Christian Pulisic (2015)
Kellyn Acosta (2011)
Paul Arriola (2011)
Juan Agudelo (2009)
Jozy Altidore (2005)
Omar Gonzalez (2005)
DaMarcus Beasley (1999)
Tim Howard (1995)
Nick Rimando (1995)

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Eight Coaches for 16 World Cups
This will be the third U-17 World Cup for head coach John Hackworth. The former Philadelphia Union manager led the U.S. during the 2005 tournament in Peru and 2007 event in South Korea, guiding the teams to fifth place and 16th place finishes, respectively. Hackworth was also an assistant at a U-17 World Cup with John Ellinger in 2003, when the team finished 5th in the world.

Hackworth isn’t the only U.S. coach to lead the U.S. during multiple U-17 World Cups as there are three other coaches who have done the same:

Roy Rees: 1987, 1989 (U-16 Editions), 1991 and 1993
Ellinger: 1999, 2001, 2003
Wilmer Cabrera: 2009, 2011

The four other coaches who led the U.S. for just one single tournament are Angus McAlpine (1985), Glenn Myernick (1995), Jay Miller (1997) and Richie Williams (2015).

The coach with the most wins?

You probably guessed it: Roy Rees. Despite being the only coach to lead the U.S. to four different World Cups, he only ended up with six total wins to finish ahead of Ellinger (5 wins in 3 tournaments). With three wins, Hackworth is tied with Cabrera, and now has a chance to move closer to Rees and Ellinger with victories in India.
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