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USA U-17s in World Cup Round of 16

USA U-17s in World Cup Round of 16”

The U.S advances and will face the victor of Tuesday's match between England and Japan. "Hopefully, the call for the first team will come". The US, with two wins, finished third in Group A behind Ghana and Colombia.

"We are happy to be back in New Delhi".

But the Paraguayans got exhausted after around the 35-minute mark and the USA should have doubled their advantage.

Both sides started the match in positive fashion with plenty of wing play as the wingers from both teams troubled the opposing defence. We let ourselves down. "I know it's a big responsibility on the shoulders of a bunch of 17-year-old lads but it's a new lesson for them", Hackworth explained. In the United States, "soccer" goes "under the radar" since the focus has always been on league sports, such as the NBA (Basketball) and NFL (American football).

Paraguay, however, kept generating chances and the pace of their wingers helped them penetrated the USA defence. They have done what they have to do. We have to negate some things. Our attack can be a bit more potent.

Apart from Los Guaranies' offensive might, the Americans will arguably be under greater pressure to perform after their senior men's team failed to qualify for the 2018 Russia World Cup. "It does have an impact". Our country is large and proud of athletic achievements. There is a void at the moment. The fans are disappointed. That translates to everything we do. We talked about it. The spotlight is a bit brighter on them. Not fair on 17 year olds, but it is a lesson.

Meanwhile Paraguay have everything going for them. Conceding two goals against Mali in a space of 20 minutes after having a two-goal lead and two own goals by the skipper Alexis Duarte in the next match against New Zealand creates little confidence in their defensive fortress.

Paraguay coach Gustavo Morinigo mirrored his opponent's formation with Leonardo Sanchez, Fernando Cardozo and Alan Rodriguez forming the front three. Players are more at ease to play here, we have spent a lot of time here and they are comfortable with the conditions. We would have lunch at 7 am to adjust to the time zone. "The players are playing for the colour of their county and that has kept them focused", Morinigo added.

USA U-17 team concluded the group stage at third position in Group A.

"They are a very complicated team. The players are in good shape and ready, but we need to be at our best on the pitch", U.S. coach John Hackworth said ahead of the game. We will do our best. "We have a problem with our defence and we have to take care of that", he said.



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