USA, Ghana announce squad for FIFA U-17 World Cup

In all, 12 of the 21 players on the USA roster come from Major League Soccer clubs. Ghana has seven players from Ghana Premier League clubs with the rest of them playing for lower tier sides.

Ghana and USA is in the same group (A) as India.   -  PTI


Star players Josh Sargent and Tim Weah — bound for top-flight European clubs — will lead a 21-member strong United States squad in the upcoming FIFA Under-17 World Cup in India.

The U.S. Soccer Federation has named 17 players who were part of the team that played in the qualifying tournament — 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in April — in which it had finished second.

The USA is in Group A along with host India, Colombia and Ghana. It will open its campaign against India on October 6, followed by matches against Ghana on October 9 and Colombia on October 12.

The first two matches will be played at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, while the final group game will be played at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.

In all, 12 of the 21 players on the roster come from Major League Soccer clubs.

Sargent will sign with Bundesliga (German League) club Werder Bremen next February when he turns 18. He also played at the U-20 World Cup in Korea earlier this year, making him the first US player since Freddy Adu in 2003 to play in the U-20 and U-17 World Cups in the same year.

Weah, son of former FIFA World Player of the Year and Liberia great George Weah, signed with Paris Saint Germain earlier this year.

Prior to the competition, the U-17 side coached by John Hackworth, will train in Dubai, beginning on September 24. The team will arrive in New Delhi on October 1.

The USA Squad
  • Goalkeepers: Alex Budnik, Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos, Justin Garces.
  • Defenders: Sergino Dest, Christopher Gloster, Jaylin Lindsey, James Sands, Tyler Shaver, Akil Watts.
  • Midfielders: George Acosta, Taylor Booth, Christopher Durkin, Blaine Ferri, Chris Goslin, Indiana Vassilev.
  • Forwards: Ayo Akinola, Andrew Carleton, Jacobo Reyes, Bryan Reynolds, Joshua Sargent, Tim Weah.

Ghana too announced its 21-man squad on Friday.

The Black Starlets boss Paa Kwesi Fabin has strengthened his squad with seven new players who were not part of the campaign in the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Gabon.

Among the squad are seven players from Ghana Premier League clubs with the rest of them playing for lower tier sides.

Ghana, two-time champion at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1991 and 1995, is looking to end its 22-year trophy drought in a tricky group. It will play its first group match against Colombia in the tournament opener on October 6 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

The Ghana Squad
  • Goalkeepers: Ibrahim Danlad, Michael Acquaye, Kwame Aziz.
  • Defenders: Najeeb Yakubu, Gideon Mensah, Bismark Terry Owusu, Edmund Arko-Mensah, Abdul Razak Yusif, Gideon Acquah, Rashid Alhassan, John Otu.
  • Midfielders: Isaac Gyamfi, Gabriel Leveh, Ibrahim Sulley, Mohammed Kudus, Emmanuel Toku, Mohammed Iddriss.
  • Strikers: Eric Ayiah, Richard Danso, Mohammed Aminu, Ibrahim Sadiq.

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