Under-17 World Cup: U.S. campaign ended by England

USA’s Chris Gloster (white jersey) challenges Philip Foden of England during their FIFA U-17 World Cup quarterfinal match on October 21, 2017 in Goa, India. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

GOA, India – The United States’ run at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup ended at the quarterfinal stage Saturday with a 4-1 loss to England at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

Rhian Brewster was the star of the match, scoring three goals, while Josh Sargent netted for the Americans.

In an encounter that generated 40 shots – evenly split between the sides -- Brewster struck for the first goal in the 11th minute.  The 17-year-old Liverpool youth standout sent his right-footed shot from seven-yards out into the roof of the net after U.S. goalkeeper Justin Garces punched Philip Foden’s right-sided cross into his path.

Three minutes later, Brewster netted again, delightfully chipping over the charging Garces from 12-yards out off a splendid pass into the right side of the box by the impressive Foden.

England’s lead was extended to 3-0 in the 64th minute, when the racing Morgan Gibbs-White first-timed Brewster’s pass -- aimed at the top of the six-yard box – just inside the right post.

Sargent bounced an effort off the crossbar in the first half, but he didn’t miss in the 72nd minute.  Sergiño Dest snapped a shot from the right side of the box that England goalkeeper Curtis Anderson blocked, only for an unmarked Sargent to poke in from one yard.  It was Sargent’s seventh career goal in a youth-level World Cup, leveling him with Freddy Adu for the USA's all-time lead.

There was to be no comeback as Brewster converted a penalty kick in the sixth minute of stoppage time to restore England’s three-goal cushion.

 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup – Quarterfinals

October 21, 2017: Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium – Goa, India (Att: 16,148)

United States-England 1-4 (0-2)

Josh Sargent 72’ / Rhian Brewster 11’, 14’, 90’+6; Morgan Gibbs-White 64’

USA: Justin Garces; Akil Watts (Bryan Reynolds 81’), Chris Durkin, James Sands, Chris Gloster, Andrew Carleton, Blaine Ferri (Indiana Vassilev 73’), Taylor Booth (Sergino Dest 55’), Ayo Akinola, Josh Sargent, Tim Weah. Head Coach: John Hackworth

England: Curtis Anderson; George McEachran, Marc Guéhi, Jonathan Panzo, Philip Foden (Nya Kirby 85’), Tashan Oakley-Boothe, Rhian Brewster, Callum Hudson-Odoi (Daniel Loader 90+1), Joel Latibeaudiere, Steve Sessegnon, Morgan Gibbs-White (Conor Gallagher 78’). Head Coach: Steve Cooper

R: Turpin Clement (France); AR1: Danos Nicolas (France); AR2: Gringore Cyril (France); 4th: Shukralla Nawat (Bahrain)


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