The attacking trio for the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team impressed again in the Nike International Friendlies, but a pair of forwards were particularly impactful.
Atlanta United’s Andrew Carleton and Toronto FC’s Ayo Akinola both had braces, Timothy Weah added another goal, and the U.S. U-17s defeated Turkey 5-1 on Friday night.
Turkey opened the scoring after just five minutes through Recep Gul, but Josh Sargent managed to set up Carleton after Akinola’s cross to level the match at 1-1 shortly thereafter. The Atlanta United youngster gave the U.S. the lead on the stroke of halftime after a defensive mishap from the Turks.
Sargent played the role of provider again in the second half as he assisted Akinola for his first goal. The 16-year-old completed his brace a few minutes later thanks to a brilliant run and composed finish. Weah rounded off the scoring right before the full-time whistle.
The U.S. has won both of its games thus far and will face Brazil in its final match on Sunday.