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Andrew Carleton scores for United States in FIFA U-17 World Cup opener

The Atlanta United man makes his mark in his first-ever World Cup match!


The United States came away with a 3-0 win over India in the opener of group play in the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Despite a few waves of pressure by the hosts, the U.S. weren’t tested all that much and sit atop Group A with three points.

Despite a shaky first half, Atlanta United’s very own Andrew Carleton showed some improvement in the final 45 minutes and got in on the scoring with his team already up 2-0. After a nervy bit of play that saw India threaten to half the American deficit, George Acosta gained possession and chipped a perfect pass forward to Carleton. The 17-year-old caught up to it, drew Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem off his line and trickled in a nice, composed finish to ice the match midway through the 84th minute.

Carleton and the rest of the squad are off to a good start out on the other side of the world in India. We’ll see if that continues against their next opponent in Ghana on Monday morning at 7:30am ET.