As the stage is set for football’s biggest extravaganza in India soil for the first time with hosts India to kick-start the FIFA U-17 World Cup against the resurgent USA side at the historic Jawaharlal Stadium in the national capital, India’s first clash is a much anticipated contest as last time when they collided the Americans wiped the floor with the hosts in their 4-0 bashing almost a year ago.

The Indian football team has regrouped themselves after the defeat and now are ready to take on any challenges on the grandest stage of them all as they will be looking to turn things around rather than repeating the same scoreline again.The hosts have invested in the young lads pretty much by spending over Rs 10 crore to give them exposure by presenting them against world-class football teams with enchanting tours covering nations like Germany, UAE, Italy and Portugal. In just a few hours India will go head to head with US in their first encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. With everything said and done here what all you need to know about team USA.

USA U-17 squad for the FIFA World Cup

GOALKEEPERS (3): Alex Budnik, Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos , Justin Garces

DEFENDERS (6): Sergino Dest, Christopher Gloster, Jaylin Lindsey, James Sands, Tyler Shaver, Akil Watts

MIDFIELDERS (6): George Acosta, Taylor Booth, Christopher Durkin, Blaine Ferri, Chris Goslin, Indiana Vassilev

FORWARDS (6): Ayo Akinola, Andrew Carleton, Jacobo Reyes, Bryan Reynolds, Joshua Sargent, Tim Weah

The opponents have done their homework in preparation for the prestigious World cup as the team went on an event day in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates for a pre-World Cup training camp before arriving in the national capital. Josh Sargent will key for US colts as the agile player will be bringing his experience in from the recently contested U-20 World Cup where he also grabbed competition’s Silver Boot with four goals and an assist to his name.

First Published | 6 October 2017 5:12 PM
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