Weah hat-trick powers U.S. past Paraguay, into quarterfinals
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USA’s Tim Weah (pictured) celebrates after scoring against Paraguay in their FIFA U-17 World Cup quarterfinal on October 16, 2017, in New Delhi, India. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI, India – A historic performance by Tim Weah helped the United States earn a 5-0 win over Paraguay on Monday to advance to the quarterfinals of a FIFA U-17 World Cup for the first time since 2005.

The 17-year-old forward became the first American to score three goals in a World Cup knockout-round match.

Midfielder Andrew Carleton added a goal and registered two assists, while team captain Josh Sargent also found the back of the net in front of 34,895 fans at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

Weah put the U.S. ahead 1-0 in the 19th minute of the Round of 16 encounter, doing well to stick out his left foot from seven yards to direct Ayo Akinola’s right-sided cross past helpless goalkeeper Diego Huesca,

The score remained that way until eight minutes into the second half, when Weah received a pass on the left from Indiana Vassilev and kept space between a pair of Paraguayan defenders, before firing a right-footed shot into the upper-right corner.

Ten minutes later, Sargent found Carleton just inside the top of the penalty area and the impressive Atlanta United product first-timed the pass with his right foot beyond the left-diving diving Huesca to make it 3-0.

Sargent increased the lead in 74th minute with a venomous right-footed finish from 13-yards out, before Weah punctuated the scoreline in the 77th minute thanks to Carleton’s instinctive feed from the right side of the box.

Up Next: On October 21 in Goa, the U.S. will face of the winner of Tuesday's Round of 16 match between England and Japan.

2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup – Round of 16
October 16, 2017: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium – Goa, India (Att: 34,895)
Paraguay-United States 0-5 (0-1)
Tim Weah 19’, 53’, 77’; Andrew Carleton 63’; Josh Sargent 75’

Paraguay: Diego Huesca; Jesus Rolon, Roberto Fernandez, Alexis Duarte, Braian Ojeda, Antonio Galeano (Fernando Romero 30’), Julio Baez (Giovanni Bogado 78’), Leonardo Sanchez, Marcelo Rolon, Fernando Cardozo (Blas Armoa 55’), Alan Rodriguez. Head Coach: Gustavo Morinigo

USA: Justin Garces; James Sands, Chris Durkin, Ayo Akinola (Taylor Booth 79’), Blaine Ferri (Indiana Vassilev 34’), Josh Sargent, Tim Weah, Andrew Carleton, Sergino Dest (Chris Gloster 46’), Akil Watts, Chris Goslin. Head Coach: John Hackworth

R: Ovidiu Hategan (Romania); AR1: Octavian Sovre (Romania); AR2: Sebastian Gheorghe (Romania); 4th: Robert Madden (Scotland)

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