KENYA BROWN - Sunday, October 8, 2017
The United States Under-17 national team got their U-17 World Cup campaign off on the right foot with a win over India on Friday in New Delhi.
While most of the attention may have been on the senior national team's game against Panama on the same day, the young Americans made a good impression themselves as they shutout the host country in front of a raucous crowd of 46,000 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
The US would apply early pressure on India's back line and several chances to score, but goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem would make some good saves to keep the game scoreless.
That would end in the 29th minute when the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty after Josh Sargent was brought down in the area Indian defender Jitendra Singh. The captain, who played with the Under-20 team at the U-20 World Cup in the summer, stepped an cooly converted the penalty to give his team the lead.
The US had to wait until the second half to score again but they showed this game was going to one-sided to the end.
Christopher Durkin doubled the lead in the 51st minute when he pounced on the loose ball in the area following a Blaine Ferri corner kick and sent his shot past a helpless Moirangthem.
India came close to cutting the deficit in half in the 83rd minute when the team's corner kick bounced past several players in the area and towards a player in the area, but the strike ended up crashing off the bar.
The US then put the game on ice in the 84th minute when a lobbed pass from George Acosta fell at the feet of Andrew Carleton and he rounded the keeper to put the ball into the open net.
The Americans sit atop of Group A thus far with three points.
Next up for the team will be a tough game against Ghana on Monday.