History was made on Wednesday when the U.S. U-17 men’s national team defeated Mexico 4-3 in the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. The win was the USA’s first in World Cup qualifying against Mexico at the U-17 level.
SKC Academy defender Jaylin Lindsey put in another strong shift along the back line, starting for the second consecutive match and playing 90 minutes in the victory. Lindsey became the second SKC Academy product in as many months to defeat Mexico in World Cup qualifying after Lee’s Summit native Erik Palmer-Brown captained the U.S. U-20s to a 1-0 victory in March.
In the span of two months, the U.S. U20s and U17s beat Mexico in WC qualifying for the 1st time in 29 years and in history, respectively.— Will Parchman (@WillParchman) April 27, 2017
Missouri native Josh Sargent tallied two goals and an assist in Wednesday’s victory, while Toronto FC Academy product Ayo Akinola scored the eventual game winner in the 84th minute for his third goal of the tournament. Sargent and Akinola are currently tied for the tournament’s Golden Boot award.
With the win, the U.S. U-17s clinched first place in Group C as a well as a spot in the CONCACAF U-17 Championship Classification Stage. They will close out the group stage on Saturday against El Salvador. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. CT and the match can be seen live on UDN and the CONCACAF YouTube Channel.