There’s been plenty of buzz surrounding the USMNT U-17 heading into this month’s World Cup in India, and now it’s time for John Hackworth’s side to back up the talk.
Star attacker Josh Sargent will lead the U.S. on Friday as the Baby Yanks take on the tournament hosts in Group A play, and the 17-year-old will look to play a big role for his country ahead of his much-anticipated move to Bundesliga side Werder Bremen in January.
Meanwhile, Hackworth has plenty of other options throughout his talented squad, including a trio of Atlanta United academy players. That includes Andrew Carleton, the speedy winger that has already represented the U.S. at the U-15, U-17 and U-18 levels over the last two years.
In Group A, the U.S. will be joined by African power Ghana and Colombia, while Group B features New Zealand, Turkey, Paraguay and Mali.
All of the day’s matches and the entire competition can be streamed through Telemundo Deportes.
[ WATCH: Every match from the U-17 World Cup in India ]
Here’s the full schedule on Matchday 1 as Groups A and B begin play.
Colombia vs. Ghana — 7:30 a.m. ET
India vs. USMNT U-17s — 10:30 a.m. ET
New Zealand vs. Turkey — 7:30 a.m. ET
Paraguay vs. Mali — 10:30 a.m. ET