U-17 World Cup: U.S. tops host India

USA’s Josh Sargent (#9) celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot against host India in the FIFA U-17 World Cup match on October 6, 2017 in New Delhi, India. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI, India -- The United States opened its 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup campaign with a 3-0 victory over tournament host India before 46,312 fans on Friday at Jawaharal Nehru Stadium.

Thanks to the result, the Americans ended the evening atop the Group A table, leading Ghana – a 1-0 winner over Colombia – on goal difference.

Josh Sargent struck for the first in the 30th minute, when he converted a penalty kick after being fouled in the left side of the box by Jitendra Singh.

Six minutes into the second half, India did not clear Blaine Ferri’s corner kick from the right and the ball fell to Chris Durkin, who fired a left-footed volley from 12-yards out that took a deflection off a defender prior to hitting the back of the net.

Andrew Carleton struck for an insurance goal in the 84th minute, receiving a perfectly weighted long pass from George Acosta and rounding goalkeeper Dheeraj Moirangthem, before slotting in a right-footed shot from seven yards.

Next Up: The U.S. will face Ghana on Monday in the same venue.

2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup
October 6, 2017: Jawaharal Nehru Stadium -- New Dehli, India (Att: 46,312)
India-United States 0-3 (0-1)
Josh Sargent 30’ pen; Chris Durkin 51’; Andrew Carleton 84’

India: Dheeraj Moirangthem; Jitendra Singh, Anwar Ali, Sanjeev Stalin, Suresh Wangjam (Lalengmawia Lalengmawia 90’+3), Ninthoinganba Meetei (Nongdamba Naorem 70’), Amarjit Kiyam, Aniket Jadhav, Abhijit Sarkar (Rahim Ali 70’), Komal Thatal, Rahul Kannoly. Head Coach: Luis Norton de Matos

USA: Justin Garces; Chris Gloster, James Sands, Chris Durkin, Jaylin Lindsey, Andrew Carleton (Indiana Vassilev 90’+1), Blaine Ferri, Chris Goslin, Tim Weah, Josh Sargent, Ayo Akinola (George Acosta 66’). Head Coach: John Hackworth

R: Gery Vargas (Bolivia); AR1: Juan Pablo Montano (Bolivia); AR2: Jose Alberto Antelo Arauz (Bolivia); 4th: Claudia Umpierrez (Uruguay)


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