Andrew Carleton showed why he is so highly regarded when the USMNT U-17s traveled to Panama to take on that country’s U-17 squad on September 27th. ‘Powder Springs Pulisic,’ as he was coronated by MLS’ Matthew Doyle, featured on the left wing for the red, white, and blue where he was effective in creating scoring opportunities for the U.S. In the second half he scored an impressive goal of his own to help seal a 3-1 victory over the Central American side.
The match was a friendly for the youth team to prepare for the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Tournament, also taking place in Panama, which will determine who represents the confederation in the U-17 World Cup 2017 being held in India next year.
In the first half Carleton lofted a long pass over the head of a Panamanian defender that was chested down by U.S forward Joshua Sargent who chipped the keeper but was denied glory by a last second goal line clearance.
In the second half he displayed his play-making ability when he connected with several teammates through midfield and set up a chance at goal.
Carleton put the game out of reach in the 66th minute after stealing the ball at midfield and charging halfway up the pitch to slot it past Panama’s keeper to put the U.S. up 3-1.
Though it did not make the official U.S. Soccer highlight reel, the young attacker tweeted out a creative bit of skill as well.
just a lil something against Panama pic.twitter.com/j4Rb0qtI70— Andrew Carleton (@andrewcarleton7) September 28, 2016
Yeeeettt indeed. Carleton is back in training with the Charleston Battery who travel to FC Cincinnati on Sunday, October 2nd for their first round playoff match.