FIFA under-17 World Cup Group A: All you need to know about Team USA
So after covering the host nation India in our previous article, we now shift our attention to the mighty USA, who are the biggest threat for any other team in Group A
Team Name: USA
Nickname: The Yanks/ The Stars and the Stripes
Association: United States Soccer Federation
Confederation: CONCACAF (North America)
Head Coach: John Hackworth
Skipper: Sadig Taha
Style of Play: 4-4-2, Counter attacking
In our previous article, we discussed the prospects of the host nation India in the upcoming 17th edition of the Fifa u-17 football World Cup to be held in October this year.
— U.S. Soccer YNT (@ussoccer_ynt) July 20, 2017
As mentioned earlier we will be analysing the teams GroupWise on a daily basis for the coming few weeks. United States of America will be the second team featuring in Group A alongside India, Colombia and Ghana. Soccer is the name by which football is being recognised in this country and ever since the advent of MLS the sport has progressed by leaps and bounds and has sparked interest among fans like never before. So we here at Lntup.com will try to figure out what the world and most importantly America itself should expect from their u-17 future stars.
— U.S. Soccer YNT (@ussoccer_ynt) July 14, 2017
A quick overview of the recent performances of the USA u-17 national soccer team and their road to the World Cup:
Team USA qualified for the Fifa u-17 World Cup being the runners- up of the CONCACAF Championship 2017 losing to Mexico in the final (till then they were the only team to remain unbeaten in the competition). That was actually the second meeting between these two teams in this tournament (in the group stages USA did manage to beat Mexico in an enthralling encounter where they just edged out their opponents by a slender 4-3 margin).
With that victory, USA also put an end to that massive 25 matches unbeaten streak of El Tri (as the Mexican u-17 football team is popularly known back in the country). This issue of crumbling down at crucial times needed to be addressed as fast as possible and both the players and the coaching staff have sorted out that aspect of their game pretty much.
One such clear evidence is their form since last year December which appears to be ominous, to say the least as they have thrashed almost every team coming in their way beating the likes of Brazil, Russia, France, Belgium, England and many more in the international friendlies. Thus the Stars and Stripes would surely have their task cut out when they take the field in the World Cup in October which can be their best chance of redeeming themselves from that CONCACAF loss.
— U.S. Soccer YNT (@ussoccer_ynt) April 17, 2017
Head Coach and his playing style and ideology:
Team USA head coach John Hackworth is a former Major League Soccer coach and this experience has helped him yield fruitful results with this youth national team as well. As part of the preparation, the team went to Buenos Aires and Rosario in Argentina to take part in the International Festival 2017.
Earlier also he had a stint with the national team when he coached the u-17 soccer side during the period of 2005-2007 but lost his job eventually owing to the successive failures of the team in several competitions as they could not get past the quarter final stages.
Hackworth managed MLS side the Philadelphia Union from 2012-14, serving as an assistant manager there for five years beforehand. Hackworth prefers the traditional 4-4-2 formation more with two sitting midfielders behind who can take charge of the game and move the ball fluently backed up by two fast wide wingers to hit the opponents on the counter. Such is the set up that it gives pleasure to the eyes of the spectators when the team is in full flight.
The danger man who can seal the deal for this USA team:
Josh Sargent, the name which has buzzed all over US media since December last year is the most likely go to man for John Hackworth in the forthcoming World Championship. He has already been in the headlines for all the correct reasons by featuring in the u-20 World Cup held earlier this year at such a tender age and not only that, he eventually managed to bag 4 goals throughout the entire competition (with a record levelling last minute equaliser against New Zealand).
This St.Louis based kid has even sparked interest from top European clubs and no wonder why. He will be achieving the unique feat of playing both the u-17 and u-20 World Championships within the same year and that shows how highly the United States Soccer Federation thinks of him.
Scoring four goals in his first World Championship that to at a much senior level made him feature in the elite panel of footballers USA has ever produced (he features alongside Jozy Altidore (2007), Eddie Johnson (2003) and Taylor Twellman (1999) who previously also have achieved the same feat).The likes of Ayo Akinola (his strike- partner), winger Andrew Carleton and midfielder Chris Durkin can also chip in with their contributions which can be pretty terrifying at times for opponents.
Author’s take on Team USA:
Being a football fan myself I can bet that this youth outfit has got enough ammunitions and spark to light up the tournament in the best possible manner. Their flamboyant style mixed with a tinge of English flavour is set to catch the eyes of every football lover in this country.
Hopefully, they can play their top-notch game in the forthcoming competition and the future Donovans, Dempseys and Howards can be born once more. Thus I would like to wish The Stars and the Stripes all the luck they need in their quest of lifting the World title. Good Luck Team USA. The whole nation deeply awaits for you to take the field on October 6th.