• Friday Oct 13, 2017

    U-17 World Cup: U.S. falls to Colombia, but advances

    Colombia’s Juan Vidal  holds off Sergino Dest (white jersey) during their FIFA U-17 World Cup match on October 12, 2017, in Navi Mumbai, India. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

    NAVI MUMBAI, India -- The United States (2W-0D-1L, 6 points) advanced to the Round of 16 at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup as one of the tournament's best third-place finishers in group play after a 3-1 loss to Colombia (2-0-1, 6) on Thursday at Dr. DY Patil Stadium. 

    The Americans will face either Group B winner Paraguay or the eventual Group C winner depending on the results in other matches.

    After opening the day atop the Group A, the setback against Colombia, combined with Ghana’s 4-0 win over India, saw the U.S. fall to third due to the head-to-head tiebreaker with the South America side. Ghana (2-0-1, 6)also earned six points, but finished first thanks to superior goal difference (+4). 

    Colombia took a 1-0 lead in the third minute, when the U.S. struggled to deal with a throw-in into its box, allowing Juan Vidal to swoop in and hit the back of the net from two yards. 

    In the 24th minute, an unmarked George Acosta equalized for the CONCACAF, firing with this right foot from 11-yards out off Andrew Carleton’s fine feed from the right-end line. 

    The Colombians struck for a pair of unanswered goals in the second half as Juan Peñaloza made 2-1 in the 67th minute with an expertly placed free kick from the left edge of the penalty area. 

    Deiber Caicedo netted an insurance tally with three minutes remaining in normal time, racing in alone to slot home at the upper-right corner of the six-yard box a deflected pass from Peñaloza. 

    Up Next: In the Round of 16, the U.S. will face either Group B winner Paraguay on October 16 in New Delhi or the Group C winner on October 17 in Goa.  

    2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup

    October 12, 2017: Dr. DY Patil Stadium – Navi Mumbai, India (Att: 22,263)

    United States-Colombia 1-3 (0-1)

    George Acosta 24’ / Juan Vidal 3’; Juan Peñaloza 67’; Deiber Caicedo 87’ 

    USA: Justin Garces, Jaylin Lindsey, Chris Gloster, James Sands, Chris Durkin, Ayo Akinola, Josh Sargent, Andrew Carleton (Jacobo Reyes 69’), Sergino Dest, George Acosta (Blaine Ferri 78’), Chris Goslin (Tim Weah 87’). Head Coach: John Hackworth 

    Colombia: Kevin Mier; Andres Cifuentes, Guillermo Tegue, Thomas Gutierrez, Andres Perea, Leandro Campaz (Robert Mejia 46’), Brayan Gomez (Yadir Meneses 56’), Juan Peñaloza, Deiber Caicedo, Juan Vidal, Etilso Martinez (Gustavo Carvajal 85’). Head Coach: Orlando Restrepo 

    R: Artur Dias (Portugal; AR1: Rui Barbosa (Portugal); AR2: Paulo Alexandre Santos Soares (Portugal); 4th: Anna-Marie Keighley (New Zealand)

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