Weah hat-trick helps United States of America storm into quarterfinals

Turning the program around after the World Cup qualifying debacle starts with the youth teams, and fans can watch Weah, Carleton, Sargent, and everyone else on the U-17 team (to say nothing of Weston McKennie, Nick Taitague, Haji Wright, Brooks Lennon, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Erik Palmer-Brown, Emerson Hyndman, Josh Perez, Matthew Olosunde, Gedion Zelalem, and Mukwelle Akale) and be encouraged.

The US will now take on the victor of England and Japan in the quarterfinal round of the U-17 World Cup on October 21.

Paraguay had been flawless in group play, beating 2015 runner-up Mali (3-2), New Zealand (4-2) and Turkey (3-1). The all-time great produced a brilliant career, starring for many big clubs, most notably Monaco, PSG and AC Milan, and he event was the 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year. He lived in Florida until at age 9, when the family moved back to New York, where he played for BW Gottschee and the New York Red Bulls Academy.

Today, they played their first game in the knockout rounds against Paraguay, who were previously undefeated and by any metric do not suck.

If the US beat Paraguay in New Delhi they will face the victor of England vs. Japan in Margao on Saturday in the quarterfinals.

Close to half way through the first half, off a swift United States counter-attack, Ayo Akinola, free on the right and he whipped in a low cross for Tim Weah, who calmly slotted home his first goal of the tournament.

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Weah's second was one of the best strikes of the tournament.

Paraguay's cup of misery was full when in the 77th minute Andrew Carleton darted past the defenders and relayed the ball to Weah who blasted the ball home for his third and team's fifth goal. Alan made few more threatening runs from the left as he toyed with right back Akila Watts on numerous instances but couldn't find finesse in his final touches nor passes. And Carleton delivered the pass for Weah to complete his hat trick. His hat trick was the first hat trick by any US player in the knockout stage of a World Cup at any level.

Arp moved to the left of the Colombian box before cutting it back to Yehboah, who just had tap it in to make it 3-0.

An bad week for soccer in the United States got a little bit better on Monday when the U-17 men's team defeated Paraguay, 5-0, to advance to the quarterfinals of the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup in India.

Paraguay - Huesca, Rolon, Fernandez, Duarte, Ojeda, Galeano (Romero, 30), Baez (Bogado, 78), Sanchez, Rolon, Cardozo (Armoa, 55).

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