U.S. U-17 Men’s Team Advances to World Cup Quarterfinals

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U17 logoAn awful week for soccer in the United States got a little bit better on Monday when the U-17 men’s team defeated Paraguay, 5-0, to advance to the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.

Tim Weah led the charge with an impressive hat trick in front of more than 30,000 fans at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. Weah, who plays for Paris St.-Germain, is the son for the former Liberian international George Weah, who moved to Brooklyn after the end of his professional career. The captain Josh Sargent and the midfield maestro Andrew Carleton also scored for the U.S.

The U.S advances and will face the winner of Tuesday’s match between England and Japan. The quarterfinal, the first for the U.S. in this age group since 2005, is scheduled to be played on Saturday.

The U.S. led at the half, 1-0, before Weah added his second with a stunning shot into the upper left-hand corner in the 53rd minute. Ten minutes later Carleton put the U.S. firmly in control by finishing a well-orchestrated offensive flurry. Sargent then made it 4-0 in the 74th minute before Weah capped the scoring and his hat trick with the fifth goal a couple minutes later.