Weah hat-trick-buoyed USA pummel Paraguay

Gustavo Morinigo

It was their work in the middle that helped cut out several Paraguayan threats in the first 25 minutes of the match, when the USA turned the ball over too frequently and Paraguay looked primed for an early goal that might have set the stage for a completely different result.

An bad week for soccer in the United States got a little bit better on Monday when the U-17 men's team defeated Paraguay, 5-0, to advance to the quarterfinals of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup in India. The USA fell, 3-0, to Brazil in the round of 16 in 2003.

If their mental toughness was on display in the come- from-behind win against New Zealand, Paraguay have been ruthless against Turkey and Mali in the first round. Weah, who plays for Paris St. -Germain, is the son for the former Liberian worldwide George Weah, who moved to Brooklyn after the end of his professional career. In August 2014, he joined the youth program of Paris Saint-Germain, where his father starred in 1992-95.

They also have a very stable defence, marshalled by Sergino Dest and Chris Durkin, which stood tall against the all-attacking Ghana side.

USA's Josh Sargent of the celebrates along with teammates. Alan made few more threatening runs from the left as he toyed with right back Akila Watts on numerous instances but couldn't find finesse in his final touches nor passes. Weah sped past his marker, Jesus Rolon, and struck with his left foot into the low corner.

However, the second half completely belonged to one person - Tim Weah.

U.S. captain Sargent had another impressive game on Monday, as he set up Carleton for USA's third goal in the 63rd minute.

Weah doubled the lead with a 22-yard curling right-footed shot in the 53rd. And Carleton delivered the pass for Weah to complete his hat trick. There is a good chance at least a couple of the players on this current U-17 team could be a part of a U.S. World Cup team in Qatar (assuming, of course, the U.S. qualifies).

He also superbly set up Carleton's goal. But for the misdirected shots and some super saves by goal keeper Diego Huesca, the margin of victory would have been much higher.

While the senior members of the United States Men's National Team are holding their heads in intense shame after getting owned in horrifying public fashion and failing to qualify for the World Cup, the USA under-17 national team is killing it.

Weah, Carleton, Joshua Sargent created problems galore for their rivals with their tactical brilliance. Yellow cards: USA - Sands 14, Goslin 27, Sargent 65.

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