Paraguay vs USA: 5 players To watch
The group stage of the FIFA u-17 world cup ended this Saturday and some unexpected teams made it through to the knockout rounds. One of them is Paraguay who made it through to the knockout rounds only for the second time after 18 years and also had an incredible 100% win record in the group stage with an average of 3 goals every match. The United States on the other hand won 2 of their 3 group stage games and booked their place in the knockout rounds for the 9th time. Both the teams go one on one against each other for the first time in an u-17 world cup finals so it is going to be an interesting match to witness. So here are the 5 players to watch out in this encounter.
1. Antonio Galeano(Paraguay)
Antonio Galeano is a forward and right winger who currently plays for the Paraguayan Primera Division side Club Rubio Ñu. In the u-17 world cup, he got their campaign underway by scoring their first goal in the competition this year and later did the final icing on the cake by scoring Paraguay’s 3rd goal against Turkey which secured them the top spot in their group for the first time in their history. He would be looking to get into score sheet again against the USA.
2. Alan Francisco Rodriguez(Paraguay)
Alan Francisco Rodriguez is a left midfielder who plays for the Paraguayan Primera Division side Club Cerro Porteno’s u-20 team. In the u-17 world cup this year he scored against 2015 runners-up Mali from the spot to give Paraguay their first win this year. His second goal came against New Zealand when he gave his side the lead within the first 2 minutes of the game. He will definitely be a player to watch out in this encounter.
3. Josh Sargent(USA)
Josh Sargent is a centre forward and the captain of the USA u-17 national team who currently plays for the American side St. Louis Scott Gallagher of Missouri. He scored his nations first goal in the u-17 world cup this year from the spot against host nation India which later ended in a 0:3 win. The future Werder Bremen man would be looking forward to this important match against the unbeaten Paraguay.
4. Anibal Vega(Paraguay)
Anibal Vega is a striker who currenty plays for the Brazilian side SE Palmerias’s u-17 squad. In the u-17 world cup this year, he scored 2 goals against New Zealand in their second matchday to give his side back the lead after being 1:2 down in the first half. He would be one of the players whom the American defense will need to worry about.
5. Timothy Weah(USA)
Timothy Weah is forward and winger who plays for French giants Paris Saint Germain’s u-19 side. Although he did not get his name on the score sheet yet in the u-17 world cup this year, he had been seen delivering some crucial passes towards the opposition penalty box which could have resulted in a goal. This will make him one of the main man for the team in this encounter.