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Ray of Hope: U.S. Romps in U-17 World Cup Play

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Maybe the future isn’t as bleak for the U.S. Men’s National Team after all.

Days after the senior side’s shocking qualifying debacle, the U.S. U-17s pummeled Paraguay in a 5-0 romp during Monday’s Round of 16 clash at the U-17 World Cup at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, India.

Tim Weah bagged a hat trick with goals in the 19th, 53rd, and 77th minutes while Andrew Carleton and Josh Sargeant both scribbled their names on the scoresheet in the 63rd and 75th minutes, respectively.

The U.S. put six shots on goal while Paraguay tested U.S. keeper Justin Garces only once.

Monday’s triumph was only the second all-time win in the Knockout Round and first Quarterfinal appearance since 2005 for the U-17s.

Meanwhile, Weah, the son of former FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah, became the first U.S. male player to record a hat trick in the knockout stages of a World Cup at any level. The 17-year-old Brooklyn native signed a deal with Paris Saint-Germain in June.

The U.S. will face the winner of Tuesday’s match between England and Japan at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Saturdays’s Quarterfinal in Goa. Kickoff is 10:30 a.m. ET, and the match will be televised on FS2 and Telemundo.

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