KENYA BROWN - Sunday, October 22, 2017
The United States Under-17 national team were eliminated from FIFA U-17 World Cup on Saturday as a hat-trick from forward Rhian Brewster helped England to the quarterfinal win.
After the young Americans' 5-0 drubbing of Paraguay on Monday, confidence was high that they would give England a run for their money to earn passage to the semifinals of the tournament. However, they would rue missing some key chances to set the tone of the game early and paid dearly as the Three Lions responded with goals of their own.
Andrew Carleton had the first chance at goal two minutes into the first half when his right-footed shot just missed the goal. Timothy Weah followed suit later when his effort just missed out on hitting the back of the net.
England withstood the pressure and scored the game's first goal in the 11th minute when a cross from Phil Foden was parried away by US goalkeeper Justin Garces, but the ball fell in the path of Brewster who put away the rebound. The forward doubled England's lead minutes later when he chipped the ball over Garces.
The US came close to cutting the deficit in the 23rd minute when Josh Sargent's shot from a Carleton corner kick came off the crossbar. Just another sign that the night did not belong to the team.
England made it 3-0 in the 64th minute when Morgan Gibbs-White one-timed a shot past Garces following a pass from Brewster.
It was a long night for the US, but they finally got on the scoreboard in the 72nd minute as Sargent scored from close range.
England added a fourth in stoppage time from the penalty spot when Sergino Dest clipped Brewster from behind, leading to him being sent off. Brewster would step up to convert the penalty and seal his hat-trick.