Sporting Kansas City homegrown signing Jaylin Lindsey and the U.S. U-17 Men's National Team advanced to the Round of 16 at the FIFA U-17 World Cup as one of the tournament's best third-place finishers in group play following a 3-1 defeat to Colombia on Thursday in Navi Mumbai, India.
Lindsey (No. 2 pictured above) and the U.S. will face either Group B winner Paraguay or the Group C winner in the Round of 16, dependent on the results of the final group stage matches on Friday and Saturday.
The U.S. entered Thursday's contest atop Group A thanks to a 3-0 win over hosts India last Friday and a 1-0 triumph against Ghana on Monday. Lindsey started and played 90 minutes at right back in both victories as well as the 3-1 loss to Colombia, a result that dropped the Americans to third place in the group based on goal differential and head-to-head tiebreakers.
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Juan Vidal fired Colombia into the lead after just three minutes, marking the Americans' first goal conceded at the tournament. George Acosta restored parity in the 24th minute, but second-half strikes from Juan Penaloza and Deiber Caicedo gave the Colombians all three points.
Depending on results from other groups' final matches, Lindsey and the USA could face Group B winner Paraguay on Monday in New Delhi (9:30 a.m. CT; FS2) or the winner of Group C on Tuesday in Goa (6:30 a.m. CT; FOX Soccer Plus, Universo).