5 Players To Watch Out For In India vs USA Clash In FIFA Under 17 World Cup

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India will start their campaign against USA in the under 17 World Cup in their home soil at Delhi on Friday. The nation is waiting with patience to see the Indian Colts to perform in the biggest event of football like under 17 World Cup as this event will give rise to many stars who will carry the nation forward in later stages also. So here have a look at the

5 Players who are expected to make huge impact in the match between India vs USA :

1. Komal Thatal (India) :

Fast, flamboyance, flair are the words that best describe Sikkimese Komal. The creative hope of the Indian team, Komal’s abilities are not just restricted to unlocking the opposition’s defence. Komal can score a one or two screamer himself, an example of which he gave against Brazil in the BRICS U-17 Tournament in Goa last year.

Komal Thatal

A product of Namchi Football Academy, the playmaker has caught the attention of Indian football fans and the upcoming World Cup will be an opportunity to make a mark on the map of world football.

2. Josh Sargent (USA) :

Hot-shot USA striker Josh Sargent is one of the most prolific players who have touched down in the country for this tournament. This will be Sargent’s second World Cup of the year for his country, as he has already represented USA at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Korea.

The USA number nine scored two goals on his debut against Ecuador and by doing so, he came the youngest American player to net a goal in the tournament’s history.

Sargent also played a more than crucial role in helping his team qualify for the tournament in India, as he scored five goals in the qualifying round as well.

Sargent has drawn attention of some of Europe’s top clubs and a move to the football- frenzy continent seems to be on the cards sooner than later.

3. Amarjit Singh Kiyam (India) :

The midfielder from Manipur topped coach De Matos’ internal poll to become the skipper of the Indian unit. Come October 6, the 16-year-old will become the first Indian skipper to lead an Indian team in a football World Cup.

Amarjit Singh Kiyam

The poll is a proof of Amarjit’s popularity in the team, especially considering that he was stripped of the captaincy by former coach Nicolai Adam for his quiet nature. A product of CFA, Amarjit is considered the driving force behind the team.

The midfielder also comes from a humble background, his father works as a farmer and his mother sells fish to support the family.

4. Ayo Akinola (USA) :

Ayo Akinola is a TFC Academy Product.He has scored 24 goals in just 25 appearances for the USA under 17s.

He also played in USL for TFC too. After a spell with the TFC Academy, Akinola was called up to the Toronto FC II set-up during the 2016 USL season.

On December 2, 2015, he made his debut for the Under-17 national team, playing 40 minutes in a 3–2 defeat to England Under-16s. He first goal came against Brazil on March 22, 2016, before netting a brace against Russia on March 26, 2016.

5. Dheeraj Singh ( India) :

A fan of Arsenal’s Petr Cech, the towering goalkeeper has made the place between the posts his own with his commanding presence in the box. The 17-year-old who hails from Moirang in Manipur has been Team India’s trusted choice as he has played the most number of games ahead of the other goalies.

Dheeraj Singh

Dheeraj has been part of the national set-up since 2013 and his experience of playing against international teams should come in handy at the showpiece event. The goalkeeper is expected to be the busiest of all during the Indian campaign. A confident shot-stopper, Dheeraj has also earned a name for saving penalties. He saved two penalties in the 2016 AFC U-16 championships.