US U-17 Men's Team Advances to World Cup Quarterfinals

Oct 17, 2017, 00:24
US U-17 Men's Team Advances to World Cup Quarterfinals

There will be little margin for error but a buoyant Paraguay will still fancy their chances when they lock horns with United States of America in a pre-quarterfinal clash of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup here on Monday. Andrew Carleton capped off a solo run with a attractive finish to add another goal to his tally and later, turned provider for Josh Sargent who drilled the ball into the top right corner of the goal to provide the proverbial "icing on the cake". Morinigo said the US will be a tough side to face at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

Weah's hat-trick was the first for the United States at a Federation Internationale de Football Association men's tournament since Freddy Adu against Poland at the 2007 U-20s, and the first for the American U-17s since Adu versus South Korea in 2003. Son of Liberia legend George Weah, the forward did justice to his famous surname, stabbing home from close range in the 19th minute, bending the ball to the top right corner in the 53rd and completing his hat-trick with a routine effort in the 77th.

There is also the hunger to see the players who just might be a part of the next U.S. World Cup team in 2022.

"My mom texted me and asked me to get down on my knee and thank God because he is the reason for everything tonight", the PSG II man said.

"I know with hard work and dedication anything is possible", Tim Weah said. He and Andrew Carleton assisted each other on the third and fourth goals of the night, both of which were very slick scores off of perfectly placed passes.

"Learning from the great players that we have there, such as Neymar, (Kylian) Mbappe and (Edison) Cavani, I feel that as I train with them and as I develop with the second team, I feel that it's going to come".

"Hopefully, coach Unai Emery will be satisfied with the work I am doing".

Weah opened his account with a clinical first touch finish with his left foot, directing a ideal low cross from the right by Ayo Akinola in the 19th minute.

"I just cut back and my striker instinct told me to hit it", Weah said.

"I don't score a lot of attractive goals as majority are tap-ins". He shrugged of a midfield challenge from Braian Ojeda and sent a defensive-splitting pass to assist on Josh Sargent's goal that made it 4-0. But for the misdirected shots and some super saves by goal keeper Diego Huesca, the margin of victory would have been much higher.

As the Paraguayans showed signs of fighting back, the Americans tended to get physical and in the processs defender James Sands and Chris Goslin were shown yellow card.