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U.S. U-17s vs. Ghana: Live Commentary


After toppling hosts India in the opening match of the U-17 World Cup, the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team faces a very familiar foe in the second match of the group stage.

Ghana awaits as the U.S. looks to seize command of Group A on Tuesday (7:20, Fox Sports 2). While the U.S. opened the tournament with a 3-0 win over India, Ghana also sealed a tournament-opening victory over Colombia via a 1-0 scoreline.

The SBI staff will be offering updates and analysis in the comments section below, so feel free to follow along, and as always, please feel free to share your own thoughts and opinions below.

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  1. Awesome for the guys, congrats to them! They win the group with a win or draw vs. Columbia. Also, if my math is right, I think they’d still win the Group with a 1-goal defeat, as long as India doesn’t get beat by 3 to either Columbia or Ghana. However, it would definitely be better for them to go into the knockout phase with confidence after having gotten a result vs. Columbia and earned the Group win.

    • Almost impossible to say at this point, especially with third-place teams also being in the mix. So many variables left at this point.

  2. Good morning all! Big day for the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team, who takes on Ghana in the second match of the group stage. Will be a tough one, but a win on Monday will push the U.S. right on towards the knockout round.

    • Starting XI is out: Garces, Dest, Sands, Gloster, Lindsey, Ferri, Durkin, Goslin, Carleton, Weah, Sargent.

      After starting centrally last match, Carleton pushed out to the wing, where he thrived in the second half of the opening win. Sargent and Weah remain the focal point up top. Dest moves in after being one of the few additions to the squad that wasn’t involved in qualifying.

      • 3′ Another small fire for the USMNT defense to put out as a Ghanaian striker tries to wiggle through the box. He’s surrounded by the U.S. defense but it takes a few deflections to get the ball and clear.

      • 8′ Ghana looking to get out with pace, and it’s caused the U.S. a few early problems. The U.S., meanwhile, very comfortable to just maintain possession, pick spots and work for chances that way. They put one together now as Carleton’s lay-off falls to Ferri, who hits it high on the first-time shot.

      • 14′ Another extended bit of possession for the U.S. Very patient in the build-up so far. Sargent pulls a ball across towards the middle, but it’s just cleared away. Methodical work from the U.S.

      • 16′ BIG CHANCE FOR THE U.S.! Great delivery from Durkin, and Sargent heads it down and on goal. Ghana goalkeeper makes a VERY good save, punching the ball away.

      • 20′ Ghana has looked dangerous, but final ball just hasn’t quite been there yet. U.S., meanwhile, still looking to grind out chances when they get possession. Methodical pace, waiting to pounce on mistakes.

      • 22′ Foul sets up a dangerous free kick for the U.S. Ferri lines up over it and rips a left-footed shot and it’s JUST wide. Didn’t miss by much.

      • 24′ Durkin has looked good in the middle. U.S. stifling Ghana attack a bit now that they’re pressing a bit higher.

      • 31’Game definitely been at a good pace for the U.S. for a majority of the first half. A few moments for Ghana, but game has generally been fairly slow.

      • 35′ CHANCE FOR GHANA! Shot gets through in the box, but it’s blocked away. Best look for Ghana yet.

      • 40′ Ball over the top beats Garces and the U.S. as the goalkeeper comes off his line. With an open net, Sands gets back and clears.

      • 45′ Ferri gets a chance from outside of the box, but it just doesn’t bend enough. Just inches outside of the post.

      • HALFTIME: 0-0. Up and down half for the U.S., who was content to play things slow. Ghana with a few moments of sustained pressure, but U.S. largely controlled play. One good look from Sargent and two from Ferri, but Ghana defense has generally been strong.

      • 47′ SAVE GARCES AND THEN A MISS FROM GHANA! So many chances for Ghana following an initial save from Garces. Looks like Durkin gets a block in to save a sure goal before a shot is fired high. Great chance from Ghana.

      • 54′ More energy from Ghana, who create another chance that just misses the net. Major pressure on the U.S. to start the second half as Sands leaves to get looked at on the sidelines. Playing with 10 men temporarily.

      • 61′ Looks like changes are being prepped for the U.S. Second half has been almost all Ghana so far. U.S. in need of a shake-up.

      • GOAL AKINOLA AND THE U.S. TAKES THE LEAD! Akinola has been lively since coming on, and it pays off with a goal. Tackle in the midfield before Goslin gets on the ball. Plays through Akinola, who absolutely bullies his defender before skipping a shot into the net. 1-0 to the U.S. in the 76th minute.

      • Six minutes of stoppage time, and it begins with Akinola coming close to sealing the win. Skies a shot over the bar.

      • FINAL: A 1-0 win for the U.S. via a Akinola goal. U.S. showed an ability to play slowly today. Methodical, disciplined performances puts the U.S. in the driver’s seat.

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