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USA's Strong 2017 U-17 World Cup Ends in 4-1 Quarterfinal Loss to England

GOA, India (Oct. 21, 2017) – The impressive run by U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup came to an end in the Quarterfinal after a 4-1 loss to 2017 UEFA U-17 runners-up England. Josh Sargent’s strike gave the USA hope late in the game and also tied him with Freddy Adu as the USA’s leading all-time scorer in youth World Cups with seven goals.

A quick-fire brace from England’s Rhian Brewster midway through the first half gave the USA a mountain to climb, and the U.S. didn’t shy away from the challenge. Led by Sargent, Tim Weah and Ayo Akinola up top, the USA went about carving out numerous opportunities to get back in the game either through possession or, more often, in transition, where the team’s lightning quick counters gave the England defense all it could handle.

Despite going toe-to-toe with the Three Lions, the U.S. had trouble finding the finishing touch and fell further behind in the 64th minute when Morgan Gibbs-White scored. Eight minutes later, Sargent scored at the back post after good pressure from the USA resulted in Sergiño Dest’s shot being parried across the face of goal by England goalkeeper, Curtis Anderson, who did well to stop numerous U.S. attacks throughout the match.

Dest was unfortunately involved in the game’s final goal in injury time as well, giving away a penalty kick in the 95th minute that Brewster dispatched past Justin Garces, who had kept the U.S. within striking distance throughout the game with a number of fine saves, sealing a trick and providing the final 4-1 margin.

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Goal Scoring Rundown:
ENG – Rhian Brewster, 11th minute: England’s Philip Foden got around his marker and sent a cross into the USA six-yard box. Goalkeeper Justin Garces was on hand to punch the ball away but it went straight to Brewster, who was trailing the play, and he sent a one-time volley into the roof of the net. USA 0, ENG 1

ENG – Rhian Brewster (Philip Foden), 14th minute: England capitalized on a transition opportunity after gaining control of the ball at midfield. Rushing upfield, Foden combined with Brewster again, sliding a pass behind the U.S. defense for the striker to run on to. Garces charged out of the U.S. net, but Brewster arrived just in time to lift the ball over him into the right side netting. USA 0, ENG 2

ENG – Morgan Gibbs-White (Rhian Brewster), 64th minute: Another transition opportunity for England was capped off by Gibbs-White as Brewster turned provider, finding his countryman in stride just above the U.S. box. Garces did well to try and cut down the angle, getting a hand to Gibbs-White’s shot but, it wasn’t enough to keep it out of the lower, left-hand corner. USA 0, ENG 3

USA – Josh Sargent, 72nd minute: A long spell of U.S. pressure eventually saw the ball played into the left side of the England penalty area for speedy U.S. substitute Sergiño Dest to chase. Beating his man to the ball, Dest put a shot on target from a wide angle that England ‘keeper Curtis Anderson could only parry across the face of goal where a crashing Josh Sargent tapped it home at the back right post. USA 1, ENG 3

ENG – Rhian Brewster (penalty kick), 95th minute: With time winding down and the U.S. still fighting to tie the match, Dest committed a foul in his own penalty area, drawing a straight red from the referee and handing England a penalty kick. Brewster stepped to the spot and put it home to finish the match. USA 1, ENG 4 FINAL

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U-17 MNT Oct 21, 2017

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

U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. England
Date: Oct. 21, 2017
Competition: FIFA U-17 World Cup – Quarterfinal
Venue: Pandit Nehru Stadium; Goa, India
Kickoff: 10:30 a.m. ET (8 p.m. local)
Attendance: 16,148
Weather: 81 degrees; Partly cloudy

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

ENG – Rhian Brewster                                               11th minute
ENG – Rhian Brewster (Philip Foden)                       14
ENG – Morgan Gibbs-White (Rhian Brewster)          64
USA – Josh Sargent                                                   72
ENG – Rhian Brewseter (penalty kick)                      90+5

USA:  1-Justin Garces; 14-Akil Watts (17-Bryan Reynolds, 81), 6-Chris Durkin, 4-James Sands, 3-Chris Gloster; 11-Andrew Carleton, 8-Blaine Ferri (18-Indiana Vassilev, 73), 16-Taylor Booth (13-Sergino Dest, 55); 7-Ayo Akinola, 9-Josh Sargent (Capt.), 10-Tim Weah
Subs Not Used: 2-Jaylin Lindsey, 5-Tyler Shaver, 12-CJ Dos Santos, 15-George Acosta, 19-Jacobo Reyes, 21-Alex Budnik
Unavailable: 20-Chris Goslin
Head Coach: John Hackworth

ENG: 1-Curtis Anderson; 4-George McEachran, 5-Marc Guéhi, 6-Jonathan Panzo, 7-Philip Foden (12-Nya Kirby, 85), 8-Tashan Oakley-Boothe, 9-Rhian Brewster, 14-Callum Hudson-Odoi (16-Daniel Loader, 90+1), 15-Joel Latibeaudiere (Capt.), 18-Steve Sessegnon, 19-Morgan Gibbs-White (20-Conor Gallagher, 78)
Subs Not Used: 13-Josef Bursik, 21-William Crellin, 2-Tim Eyoma, 3-Lewis Gibson, 10-Angel Gomes, 17-Emile Smith-Rowe
Head Coach: Steve Cooper

Stats Summary: USA/ENG
Shots: 20/20
Shots on Goal: 4/12
Saves: 8/3
Corner Kicks: 8/10
Fouls: 19/7
Offside: 0/1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Taylor Booth (caution)                         35th minute
ENG – Conor Gallagher (caution)                  78
USA – Sergino Dest (sent off)                        90+5

Referee: Turpin Clement (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Danos Nicolas (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Gringore Cyril (FRA)
Fourth Official: Shukralla Nawat (BHR)

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The room went silent as everyone knew this was a big game and a passionate rivalry, waiting to hear which crew would be assigned this huge game.

“Jair Marrufo and his assistants from the United States”

Our hearts immediately jumped as we instantly knew what a big assignment this was. We took a few minutes to receive best wishes from our fellow referees in the room, finished our dinner, and immediately went to work to prepare for the game.

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The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team continues play at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup against Group F winners England in the Quarterfinals on Saturday, Oct. 21. Kickoff at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa is set for 10:30 a.m. ET, and the game will be televised on FS2 and Telemundo. 

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Having won 11 straight matches before falling in penalties to Spain in the UEFA U-17 Championship, England stormed through the opening stage of the tournament, racking up 11 goals – good for second most of any team – while only surrendering two as they went undefeated in Group F. 

Two 4-0 shutouts of Chile and Iraq bookended a 3-2 win against Mexico, putting the Three Lions into the knockout rounds with a meeting against Japan. There, both sides created good looks at goal with no joy at the end, sending the 0-0 draw straight into penalties following regulation. England persevered, winning 5-3 in the shootout and setting the stage for Saturday’s tilt against the USA.

England U-17 MNT’s World Cup Results

Group Stage

Oct. 8

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Oct. 11

3-2 W vs. Mexico

Oct. 14

4-0 W vs. Iraq

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0-0 D vs. Japan (5-3 in penalties)


The England squad is competing in its fourth U-17 World Cup, with all their appearances taking place in the last decade. They have now reached the quarterfinals in three of those events, which is the farthest they have ever advanced. They only missed out on the knockout stage in 2015 in Chile. Current senior team luminaries Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) and Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) cut their teeth internationally in this tournament.


England’s 21-man roster remains largely intact from their runner up finish in the qualifying tournament. The squad is littered with players from the top teams in the Premier League. Current league leaders Manchester City sent a trio of players, led by goalkeeper Curtis Anderson, who was the hero of the penalty shootout against Japan, and U-17 captain Joel Latibeaudiere. Defending champion Chelsea contributed the most of any team, delivering four to India including former England U-16 captain Jonathan Panzo. Seven different goal scorers have put their name on the scoresheet during the tournament, but winger Jadon Sancho, who leads the team with three goals in India was recalled to Borussia Dortmund following the group stage. 

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


The Three Lions are managed by Steve Cooper, who has held the role since 2015. Having managed the Liverpool Academy, he became the England U-16 coach in 2014. A native of Wales, Cooper’s team has proven adept in the attack, netting 33 times through 12 matches in qualifying en route to advancing to this year’s U-17 World Cup.

“We’ve qualified for the World Cup in India, which was one of the objectives of the tournament,” Cooper said after his side’s U-17 UEFA EURO final defeat to Spain. “We’ll continue with our work, everything that we do with the national teams is with the long term in mind.” 


England qualified for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup after finishing second at the 2017 UEFA Under-17 Championship to claim one of four spots from the region. Held in Croatia in May of this year, England were drawn into Group D where they went on a rampage, winning all three matches by a combined score of 10-1. Officially booking their place in India with a 1-0 win against the Republic of Ireland in the quarterfinals, the Three Lions defeated Turkey 2-1 in the semifinals before falling to Spain in penalties in the championship match.

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May 4

3-0 W vs. Norway

May 7

4-0 W vs. Ukraine

May 10

3-0 W vs. Netherlands

Knockout Stage

May 13

1-0 W vs. Rep. of Ireland

May 16

2-1 W vs. Turkey

May 19

1-1 D vs. Spain (1-4 in penalties)

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