Monday, October 16, 2017

If There's A Will, There's A Weah

I'm still working on my World Cup qualifying post-mortem. To be honest, I spent most of last week in a serious funk and the weekend was busy. I should have it up by tomorrow, but for now let's all take heart in the US Under-17's own World Cup run, which is now to the quarters thanks to a surprising 5-0 rout of previously hot Paraguay paced by a Timothy Weah hat trick.

He became the first men's national team player to score three goals in a World Cup knockout game, and now our boys are in the elite eight for the first time since 2005. Next up: the winner of tomorrow's England-Japan game.








- Greg Seltzer

6 comments:

Patrick said...

Weah had two really nice finishes and a tap in. I think he has grown a few inches and added quite a bit of muscle since Qualifying.

This game was Carleton's best game I've ever seen. I've seen him play quite a bit too. He did it all for once. He even was semi-effective on defense and took quite a few cheap shots with a smile. His finish was well taken, and his passing and movement just killed Paraguay.

Sargent is getting a lot of attention from opposing defenses. This is the first time, for 90 minutes, the USA worked around that, through Carleton, and Weah and punished an opponent. Akinola has a Zardes level of touch, but he was in good spots early, which opened the Paraguay defense. His pass was on the money (one of 20). Where he is in 10 years is a complete wild card.

Durkin and Sands are very good players. Both can play CB and DM, they are both great with the ball at their feet. Durkin is a great last ditch defender and Sands has been dominant in aerial battles.

Japan or England will be a great test.

Dr.Jon said...

I was pretty impressed by the US. I went back and looked at the highlight of England and Mexico and those young lions throttled them for 60 or so minutes but then let up and Mexico almost got back in it (3-2)

Dr.Jon said...

Hmm...Mexico just lost and England looks much better/more dangerous than Japan. I'd guess we would be playing England. After than? Winner for Brazil/Germany. Those Brazil ids might have an axe to grind if they can remember back to 2014...

Patrick said...

England's best player, Jaden Sancho, was recalled by his club team. Japan beat us 4-0 in the last pre-WC friendlies.

Dr.Jon said...

I see what you are saying, Patrick. Japan was 1-1-1 (Crush Honduras in opener, lose france, tie New caledonia). Look like 0-0 half with England.

Dr.Jon said...

England it is.......on PKs