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USA Advances to U-17 World Cup Round of 16 as Third Place Finisher in Group A after 3-1 Loss to Colombia

NAVI MUMBAI, India (Oct. 12, 2017) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team advanced to the Round of 16 at the FIFA U-17 World Cup as one of the tournament’s best third-place finishers in group play after a 3-1 loss to Colombia. The U.S. will face either Group B winner Paraguay or the Group C winner in the Round of 16 dependent on the results of the final group play matches. 

The USA began the day atop Group A thanks to wins against World Cup host India (3-0) and eventual group winner Ghana (1-0), but slipped to third after Ghana beat India 4-0 and Colombia won the head-to-head tie-breaker with the U.S. after the two teams tied on points and goal differential.

2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Classification Group D

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

Ghana

3

2

1

0

6

5

1

4

Colombia

3

2

1

0

6

5

3

2

USA

3

2

1

0

6

5

3

2

India

3

0

3

0

0

1

9

-8

After a slow start by the U.S. gifted Colombia an early lead in the third minute via a long throw-in and missed clearance, the young Americans found their grit and groove, getting stuck in on tackles and passing well in possession. As the game tilted towards the U.S., a moment of brilliance from Andrew Carleton, who beat two Colombia defenders one-on-one, set up George Acosta for the tying goal in the 24th minute.

After the break, Colombia’s attack and constant pressure disrupted the U.S. offense and eventually turned the game in Los Cafeteros’ favor. Although U.S. goalkeeper Justin Garces made a handful of fine saves in the second stanza to keep the U.S. within sight of winning the group, there was little he could do to prevent Colombia’s go-ahead goal in the 67th minute – a sharp-angle free kick from Juan Peñaloza. Deiber Caicedo then provided the goal – combined with Ghana’s win against India – and the final 3-1 scoreline that pushed the U.S. into third place.

Up Next: The U.S. U-17 MNT will travel to play its Round of 16 match. Depending on results from other groups’ final matches, the USA could face Group B winner Paraguay on Oct. 16 in New Delhi (10:30 a.m.; FS2, telemundo.com) or the winner of Group C on Oct. 17 in Goa (7:30 a.m.; FOX Soccer Plus, Universo).

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

Goal Scoring Rundown:
COL – Juan Vidal, 3rd minute: A long throw-in from the right sideline into the U.S. box was headed on towards the goal. The U.S. defense failed to clear the danger and the ball fell to Juan Vidal, who tucked his close-range shot inside the right post past goalkeeper Justin Garces. USA 0, COL 1

USA – George Acosta (Andrew Carleton), 24th minute: Andrew Carleton did well to beat two Colombia defenders one-v-one and drive to the right end line before cutting a ball across the box behind an unmarked Acosta who was able to redirect his run to reach back and snap a low, one-time shot past Colombian ‘keeper Kevin Mier. USA 1, COL 1

COL – Juan Peñaloza, 67th minute: The U.S. gave away a free kick four yards from the left end line that Peñaloza was able to lift over the USA wall before it dipped beneath the crossbar into the far, upper right corner of the U.S. goal. USA 1, COL 2

USA – Deiber Caicedo (Juan Peñaloza), 87th minute:
An attack down the USA’s left flank saw Peñaloza beat his man and rifle a low pass across the USA box that reached Caicedo on the back right post. Caicedo hit a one-time shot between Garces and the right post to provide the final margin. USA 1, COL 3 FINAL

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Colombia
Date: Oct. 12, 2017
Competition: FIFA U-17 World Cup – Group A
Venue: Dr. DY Patil Stadium; Navi Mumbai, India
Kickoff: 10:30 a.m. ET (8 p.m. local)
Attendance: 22,263
Weather: 82 degrees; Partly cloudy

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

COL – Juan Vidal                                           3rd minute
USA – George Acosta (Andrew Carleton)     24
COL – Juan Penaloza (free kick)                   67
COL – Deiber Caicedo (Juan Penaloza)        87

Lineups:
USA:  1-Justin Garces, 2-Jaylin Lindsey, 3-Chris Gloster, 4-James Sands, 6-Chris Durkin, 7-Ayo Akinola, 9-Josh Sargent (Capt.), 11-Andrew Carleton (19-Jacobo Reyes, 69), 13-Sergino Dest, 15-George Acosta (8-Blaine Ferri, 78), 20-Chris Goslin (10-Tim Weah, 87)
Subs Not Used: 5-Tyler Shaver, 12-CJ Dos Santos, 14-Akil Watts, 16-Taylor Booth, 17-Bryan Reynolds, 18-Indiana Vassilev, 21-Alex Budnik
Head Coach: John Hackworth

COL: 2-Andres Cifuentes, 3-Guillermo Tegue, 5-Thomas Gutierrez (Capt.), 6-Andres Perea, 7-Leandro Campaz (13-Robert Mejia, 46), 10-Brayan Gomez (14-Yadir Meneses, 56), 11-Juan Penaloza, 12-Kevin Mier, 17-Deiber Caicedo, 19-Juan Vidal, 20-Etilso Martinez
Subs Not Used: 1-Nicolas Gomez, 4-Christian Andrade, 8-Luis Lopez, 9-Santiago Barrero, 15-Gustavo Carvajal, 16-Fabian Angel, 18-Deyman Cortes, 21-Daniel Melo
Head Coach: Orlando Restrepo

Stats Summary: USA/COL
Shots: 8/10
Shots on Goal: 3/6
Saves: 3/2
Corner Kicks: 5/5
Fouls: 8/16
Offside: 2/1

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Artur Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Barbosa (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Alexandre Santos Soares (POR)
Fourth Official: Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL)

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Colombia
Date: Oct. 12, 2017
Competition: FIFA U-17 World Cup – Group A
Venue: Dr. DY Patil Stadium; Navi Mumbai, India
Kickoff: 10:30 a.m. ET (8 p.m. local)
Attendance: 22,263
Weather: 82 degrees; Partly cloudy

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

COL – Juan Vidal                                                           3rd minute
USA – George Acosta (Andrew Carleton)               24
COL – Juan Penaloza (free kick)                                 67
COL – Deiber Caicedo (Juan Penaloza)                    87

Lineups:
USA:  1-Justin Garces, 2-Jaylin Lindsey, 3-Chris Gloster, 4-James Sands, 6-Chris Durkin, 7-Ayo Akinola, 9-Josh Sargent (Capt.), 11-Andrew Carleton (19-Jacobo Reyes, 69), 13-Sergino Dest, 15-George Acosta (8-Blaine Ferri, 78), 20-Chris Goslin (10-Tim Weah, 87)
Subs Not Used: 5-Tyler Shaver, 12-CJ Dos Santos, 14-Akil Watts, 16-Taylor Booth, 17-Bryan Reynolds, 18-Indiana Vassilev, 21-Alex Budnik
Head Coach: John Hackworth

COL: 2-Andres Cifuentes, 3-Guillermo Tegue, 5-Thomas Gutierrez (Capt.), 6-Andres Perea, 7-Leandro Campaz (13-Robert Mejia, 46), 10-Brayan Gomez (14-Yadir Meneses, 56), 11-Juan Penaloza, 12-Kevin Mier, 17-Deiber Caicedo, 19-Juan Vidal, 20-Etilso Martinez
Subs Not Used: 1-Nicolas Gomez, 4-Christian Andrade, 8-Luis Lopez, 9-Santiago Barrero, 15-Gustavo Carvajal, 16-Fabian Angel, 18-Deyman Cortes, 21-Daniel Melo
Head Coach: Orlando Restrepo

Stats Summary: USA/COL
Shots: 8/10
Shots on Goal: 3/6
Saves: 3/2
Corner Kicks: 5/5
Fouls: 8/16
Offside: 2/1

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Artur Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Barbosa (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Alexandre Santos Soares (POR)
Fourth Official: Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL)

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USA Advances to U-17 World Cup Round of 16 as Third Place Finisher in Group A after 3-1 Loss to Colombia

NAVI MUMBAI, India (Oct. 12, 2017) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team advanced to the Round of 16 at the FIFA U-17 World Cup as one of the tournament’s best third-place finishers in group play after a 3-1 loss to Colombia. The U.S. will face either Group B winner Paraguay or the Group C winner in the Round of 16 dependent on the results of the final group play matches. 

The USA began the day atop Group A thanks to wins against World Cup host India (3-0) and eventual group winner Ghana (1-0), but slipped to third after Ghana beat India 4-0 and Colombia won the head-to-head tie-breaker with the U.S. after the two teams tied on points and goal differential.

2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Classification Group D

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

Ghana

3

2

1

0

6

5

1

4

Colombia

3

2

1

0

6

5

3

2

USA

3

2

1

0

6

5

3

2

India

3

0

3

0

0

1

9

-8

After a slow start by the U.S. gifted Colombia an early lead in the third minute via a long throw-in and missed clearance, the young Americans found their grit and groove, getting stuck in on tackles and passing well in possession. As the game tilted towards the U.S., a moment of brilliance from Andrew Carleton, who beat two Colombia defenders one-on-one, set up George Acosta for the tying goal in the 24th minute.

After the break, Colombia’s attack and constant pressure disrupted the U.S. offense and eventually turned the game in Los Cafeteros’ favor. Although U.S. goalkeeper Justin Garces made a handful of fine saves in the second stanza to keep the U.S. within sight of winning the group, there was little he could do to prevent Colombia’s go-ahead goal in the 67th minute – a sharp-angle free kick from Juan Peñaloza. Deiber Caicedo then provided the goal – combined with Ghana’s win against India – and the final 3-1 scoreline that pushed the U.S. into third place.

Up Next: The U.S. U-17 MNT will travel to play its Round of 16 match. Depending on results from other groups’ final matches, the USA could face Group B winner Paraguay on Oct. 16 in New Delhi (10:30 a.m.; FS2, telemundo.com) or the winner of Group C on Oct. 17 in Goa (7:30 a.m.; FOX Soccer Plus, Universo).

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

Goal Scoring Rundown:
COL – Juan Vidal, 3rd minute: A long throw-in from the right sideline into the U.S. box was headed on towards the goal. The U.S. defense failed to clear the danger and the ball fell to Juan Vidal, who tucked his close-range shot inside the right post past goalkeeper Justin Garces. USA 0, COL 1

USA – George Acosta (Andrew Carleton), 24th minute: Andrew Carleton did well to beat two Colombia defenders one-v-one and drive to the right end line before cutting a ball across the box behind an unmarked Acosta who was able to redirect his run to reach back and snap a low, one-time shot past Colombian ‘keeper Kevin Mier. USA 1, COL 1

COL – Juan Peñaloza, 67th minute: The U.S. gave away a free kick four yards from the left end line that Peñaloza was able to lift over the USA wall before it dipped beneath the crossbar into the far, upper right corner of the U.S. goal. USA 1, COL 2

USA – Deiber Caicedo (Juan Peñaloza), 87th minute:
An attack down the USA’s left flank saw Peñaloza beat his man and rifle a low pass across the USA box that reached Caicedo on the back right post. Caicedo hit a one-time shot between Garces and the right post to provide the final margin. USA 1, COL 3 FINAL

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Colombia
Date: Oct. 12, 2017
Competition: FIFA U-17 World Cup – Group A
Venue: Dr. DY Patil Stadium; Navi Mumbai, India
Kickoff: 10:30 a.m. ET (8 p.m. local)
Attendance: 22,263
Weather: 82 degrees; Partly cloudy

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

COL – Juan Vidal                                           3rd minute
USA – George Acosta (Andrew Carleton)     24
COL – Juan Penaloza (free kick)                   67
COL – Deiber Caicedo (Juan Penaloza)        87

Lineups:
USA:  1-Justin Garces, 2-Jaylin Lindsey, 3-Chris Gloster, 4-James Sands, 6-Chris Durkin, 7-Ayo Akinola, 9-Josh Sargent (Capt.), 11-Andrew Carleton (19-Jacobo Reyes, 69), 13-Sergino Dest, 15-George Acosta (8-Blaine Ferri, 78), 20-Chris Goslin (10-Tim Weah, 87)
Subs Not Used: 5-Tyler Shaver, 12-CJ Dos Santos, 14-Akil Watts, 16-Taylor Booth, 17-Bryan Reynolds, 18-Indiana Vassilev, 21-Alex Budnik
Head Coach: John Hackworth

COL: 2-Andres Cifuentes, 3-Guillermo Tegue, 5-Thomas Gutierrez (Capt.), 6-Andres Perea, 7-Leandro Campaz (13-Robert Mejia, 46), 10-Brayan Gomez (14-Yadir Meneses, 56), 11-Juan Penaloza, 12-Kevin Mier, 17-Deiber Caicedo, 19-Juan Vidal, 20-Etilso Martinez
Subs Not Used: 1-Nicolas Gomez, 4-Christian Andrade, 8-Luis Lopez, 9-Santiago Barrero, 15-Gustavo Carvajal, 16-Fabian Angel, 18-Deyman Cortes, 21-Daniel Melo
Head Coach: Orlando Restrepo

Stats Summary: USA/COL
Shots: 8/10
Shots on Goal: 3/6
Saves: 3/2
Corner Kicks: 5/5
Fouls: 8/16
Offside: 2/1

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Artur Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Barbosa (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Alexandre Santos Soares (POR)
Fourth Official: Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL)

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Five Things to Know: Colombia U-17s

Coming off a 1-0 statement win against African power Ghana, the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team concludes group play at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup on Thursday, Oct. 12 when it meets Colombia, which fell to Ghana 1-0 in its first match before responding with a 2-1 win against the host nation. With a win or tie, the USA will earn the top spot in Group A heading into the Round of 16. The match vs. Colombia will be televised on FS2, and UNIVERSO at 10:30 a.m. ET.

Here are five things to know about Colombia:

HOW THEY GOT HERE

Like its senior team, the Colombia U-17 squad claimed the fourth and final World Cup spot available for South America. Placed in Group A for the 2017 South American Under-17 Football Championship, Los Cafeteros, finished second in the first stage to host Chile. A 2-1 victory over Paraguay on the last matchday of the Final Stage, combined with a 2-4 Ecuador defeat to Venezuela, secured Colombia’s ticket to India.

Here’s a look back at their results:

Group Stage

Feb. 23

2-1 W vs. Ecuador

Feb. 25

1-1 D vs. Chile

Feb. 27

3-1 W vs. Uruguay

Mar. 1

3-2 L vs. Bolivia

Final Stage

Mar. 7

2-1 W vs. Ecuador

Mar. 10

1-0 L vs. Chile

Mar. 13

0-0 D vs. Venezuela

Mar. 16

3-0 L vs. Brazil

Mar. 19

2-1 W vs. Paraguay

U-17 WORLD CUP HISTORY

2017 marks Colombia’s first appearance at the U-17 World Cup since 2009 and its sixth appearance all-time. The 2009 tournament saw Colombia finish fourth, tied for its best-ever finish at the World Cup. The most notable player from the 2009 roster is Santiago Arias, who went on to represent Colombia at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In 23 games played from 1989 to 2009, Colombia’s U-17s have posted a 7-9-7 record, scoring 38 goals to 34 allowed.

THE ROSTER

All 21 players on the Colombia roster play their club soccer domestically. The clubs with the largest constituency of players are AC Deportivo Cali, Atletico Nacional and CD Estudiantes FC, each with three players on the squad.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicolas Gomez - (AC Deportivo Cali, COL), Daniel Melo - (Udinese Barranquilla, COL), Kevin Mier - (Atletico Nacional, COL)

DEFENDERS (2): Andres Cifuentes - (AC Deportivo Cali, COL), Guillermo Tegue - (CD Estudiantes FC, COL)

MIDFIELDERS (10): Christian Andrade - (Millonarios FC, COL), Fabian Angel - (Barranquilla FC, COL), Gustavo Carvajal - (America de Cali, COL), Brayan Gomez - (Atletico Nacional, COL), Thomas Gutierrez - (CD Estudiantes FC, COL), Etilso Martinez - (Atletico Rionegro 2010, COL), Robert Mejia - (Universitario Popayan, COL), Yadir Meneses - (Envigado FC, COL), Juan Penaloza - (CD Estudiantes FC, COL), Andres Perea - (Atletico Nacional, COL)

FORWARDS (6): Santiago Barrero - (Atletico Rionegro 2010, COL), Deiber Caicedo - (AC Deportivo Cali, COL), Leandro Campaz - (Deportes Tolima, COL), Deyman Cortes - (CD Atletico Huila, COL), Luis Lopez - (Santa Fe CD, COL), Juan Vidal - (Barranquilla FC, COL)

SENIOR TEAM PRODUCTION

Current Colombia star James Rodriguez made his debut on the international stage with the U-17 squad, scoring three goals in the 2007 U-17 World Cup. Los Cafeteros advanced to the knockout round, but were eliminated by eventual champion Nigeria. The Bayern Munich man also starred at the 2011 U-20 World Cup in Colombia, captaining the team as well as scoring three goals and notching three assists.

Other players to go on to professional and senior National Team prominence after breaking through with Colombia’s U-17s include Cristián Zapata, Pablo Armero, Fredy Guarín, Adrián Ramos and Jeison Murillo.

THE MANAGER

On August 23, 2016, the Colombian Football Federation named Orlando Restrepo its U-17 head coach. With extensive experience managing clubs in Colombia’s professional soccer leagues including Once Caldas, Pereira, Atletico Bucaramanga, Envigado, Rionegro, Real Cartagena and Patriotas, Restrepo also managed around 50 international matches with clubs Jorge Wilstermann of Bolivia in 1999 and Ramonense of Costa Rica during the 2004-2005 season.

Since 2010, Restrepo has been at the forefront of different training processes, first as director of minor divisions of the Ferroválvulas club and was previously the technical director for Atletico Nacional’s Under-17 category.

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PREVIEW: USA Aims for Group A Summit in U-17 World Cup Finale vs. Colombia | 10:30am ET | FS2, UNIVERSO

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team continues the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup with its final Group A game against Colombia on Thursday, Oct. 12. The match kicks off at Dr. DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, India at 10:30 a.m. ET and will be broadcast on FS2 and UNIVRESO. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt. After two statement victories against host India (3-0) and Ghana (1-0) Read more
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U-17 MNT Aims to Win 2017 World Cup Group vs. Colombia

Josh Sargent and Akil Watts preview the U-17 MNT's showdown against Colombia where the USA can clinch the top spot in Group A at the 2017 U-17 World Cup. Read more
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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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