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PST Survey results: Most exciting USMNT prospect

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The results of PST’s Big American Soccer Survey are in, and our staff will be walking through the results of thousands of votes in a series of posts this week.

We didn’t realize you could acronymize it to BASS, or else we would’ve done it sooner. Today’s question: Excluding Christian Pulisic, who’s no longer a prospect despite being just 19, who is the most exciting USMNT prospect.

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Exciting performances in the U-20 and U-17 World Cups have given United States men’s national team fans plenty of hope for the future.

The most-mentioned write-in, collecting across all attempting spellings, was injured Arsenal playmaker Gedion Zelalem.

As for the serious contenders, Jonathan Gonzalez, Andrew Carleton Tyler Adams, and Lynden Gooch lagged behind this pack of four:

Cameron Carter-Vickers — 14 percent — He had a howling back pass in Sheffield United’s 5-4 loss to Fulham on Wednesday, but the on-loan Spurs 19-year-old center back is playing every minute for a club very much in the mix for Premier League promotion.

Weston McKennie — 18 percent — Another 19-year-old, McKennie was one of the Men of the Match as Schalke went second in the Bundesliga this weekend. He’s been a regular starter when healthy, and played advanced, central, and set back in Schalke’s midfield. Next up: a Revierderby meeting with Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund.

Josh Sargent — 21 percent — Off to Werder Bremen when he turns 18 in late February, Sargent has four goals in five matches for the U.S. U-20s, and 14 in 29 for the U-17s. That includes four goals and two assists in his last three outings, against Paraguay, England, and Hungary.

Tim Weah — 24 percent — The son of African legend George Weah, Tim turns 18 two days after Sargent. Unlike his countryman, Weah has been in Europe for some time. The Paris Saint-Germain prospect is slated to get his First Team bow some time soon, having scored four goals and added an assist for PSG in the UEFA Youth League.

USA U-17s pummel Paraguay to reach World Cup quarters

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  • USA make last eight for first time since 2005 U-17 World Cup
  • PSG’s Tim Weah scores hat trick
  • First U.S. win in knockout stage since 1999

After a rough past week for the full U.S. national team, the U-17 side gave the nation exactly what they needed.

The USA beat Pargauay 5-0 in New Delhi on Monday with the Baby Nats reaching the quarterfinals courtesy of a fine hat trick from Timothy Weah (son of former World Player of the Year, George), plus goals from Andrew Carleton and Josh Sargent.

John Hackworth’s side will now face the winner of England v Japan in Margao on Saturday, with the U.S. having an extra day of rest. A simply stunning performance from the U.S. youngsters.

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After Paraguay had threatened early on a flowing team move gave the U.S. the lead through Weah.

The brilliant Carleton combined with Sagrent to find Ayo Akinola out wide and his superb cross was knocked home by Weah at the far post. 1-0 to the USA.

In the first half U.S. central midfielder Chris Goslin, who impressed throughout, was shown a yellow card which meant he would miss a potential quarterfinal clash.

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Goslin didn’t let that impact him as he hit a stunning free kick from 35 yards out which Paraguay’s goalkeeper got a slight touch on as it hit the bar.

The U.S. should have gone 2-0 up right on half time as Akinola was free at the back post but couldn’t bundle the ball over the line.

In the second half Weah struck a fine goal for his and the USA’s second as the PSG youngster cut in from the left flank and drilled an unstoppable effort into the far top corner. 2-0 to the USA.

It got even better for the U.S. soon after as Sargent turned and played in Carleton to slot home and make it 3-0 with still over 25 minutes to go.

Late on Paraguay tired and the U.S. picked them off on the break time and time again with Carleton setting up Sargent to slam home and then picking out Weah for his third and the USA’s fifth goal.

Weah’s hat trick capped off a superb win for the USA’s U-17 side as they now face a huge quarterfinal clash on Saturday.

VIDEO: Tim Weah scores stunning goal for USA U-17s

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Ah, a chip off the old block…

[ RECAP: USA U-17s hammer Paraguay ]

Good god. What a strike.

Paris Saint-Germain youngster Tim Weah scored a hat trick for the U.S. national team U-17 side in their 5-0 World Cup Round of 16 win against Paraguay in New Delhi on Monday.

His second was a Goal of the Tournament contender as the U.S. have now reached the quarterfinals of the U-17 World Cup for the first time since 2005.

Click play on the video above to watch Weah smash home.

Weah, 17, had nothing on as he picked the ball up on the left flank but he cut inside and smashed home an unstoppable shot into the far corner.

U.S. players to watch at the U-17 World Cup

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The 2017 U-17 World Cup provides American soccer fans even more intrigue than your average tournament due to the breadth of top attacking prospects on show.

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Each age group has a top scorer or playmaker, but this season is exceptional. Sure we saw Christian Pulisic in 2015 and Paul Arriola in 2011, but the 2017 U.S. roster is heavy on players who should dot professional score sheets for a long, long time (and at a high level).

The U.S. open plays Friday at 10:25 a.m. ET vs. India. Full stream schedule here.

Timothy Weah, forward, Paris Saint-Germain

In UEFA Youth League play, Weah has four goals in six appearances. A hat trick came against Ludogorets Razgrad. Dad George won Serie A with AC Milan, Ligue 1 won with PSG, and was thrice the African Footballer of the Year so, yeah, pedigree.

Chris Durkin, midfielder, DC United

Playing time has come on-and-off for the Richmond Kickers of the USL, but the center mid has 990 league minutes this season and showed versatility by starting the league opener at left back.

Ayo Akinola, forward, Toronto FC

The Canadian-born 17-year-old got a string of performances for TFC2 in the USL, bagging a brace against Harrisburg City in mid-July.

Carlos “CJ” dos Santos, goalkeeper, Benfica

The former Philadelphia Union Academy backstop is with Benfica’s U-19s and just turned 17 in August.

Jaylin Lindsey, defender, Sporting KC

There are those who believe the physical center back is further along at this stage in his career than fellow SKC prospect Erik Palmer-Brown. He’s made two appearances for Swope Park Rangers in USL.

Andrew Carleton, forward, Atlanta United

The left winger is widely considered to be a star in MLS soon, and posted an assist for Atlanta in its Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup loss to Miami FC.

 

Josh Sargent, forward, Werder Bremen

The lone member of the U.S. roster to have already featured — and starred, with four goals — in a U-20 World Cup, Sargent heads to Bundesliga side Werder Bremen soon after the tournament. See above for his match-winner against Senegal.