We’ll forgive you if between the excitement of both tournaments for the USMNT, USWNT, and the men’s U-20 World Cup, you may have forgotten just how hype the men’s U-17s are right now. Let’s refresh your memory, shall we?
The U-17s already boast a front four of U-20 starlet Josh Sargent, Andrew Carleton, Ayo Akinola, and George Acosta, with the likes of PSG man Timothy Weah in reserve. Chris Goslin isn’t necessarily known for his goal-scoring exploits with the fire power stacked in front of him, but that didn’t stop him from going for this audacious scissor/bicycle kick hybrid from 20 yards out and with his back to goal. This goal is dumb. Master P watched this goal and said "UHH."
This just goes to show how deep the attacking talent on this team is. In years past, having just one of Josh Sargent, or Andrew Carleton, or even Timothy Weah or other players on the bench fighting for their spot in the team like Zyen Jones, would be exciting. Ulysses Llanez didn’t even make the World Cup Qualifying squad, and he just did this to Chile a couple weeks ago.
The U-17s have "lost" one game this year, and it was the penalty shootout against Mexico in the CONCACAF Championship. Needless to say, the kids are alright. The U-17 World Cup begins October 6th, with the United States playing host India. There will be gifs.