Weah hat-trick helps US storm into quarterfinals

Paraguay will face USA on Monday in the round of 16

Paraguay will face USA on Monday in the round of 16

Paraguay's scintillating goal-scoring ability will be as much under scrutiny as USA's mental aptitude in the Under-17 World Cup's second Round of 16 stage match on Monday. American soccer fans are starving for something to give them hope, and as much as it probably isn't all that fair to pin a nation's soccer hopes on a U-17 team, the reality is a U-17 World Cup run to the semifinals or final would offer some much-needed therapy for USA fans.

If the US beat Paraguay in New Delhi they will face the victor of England vs. Japan in Margao on Saturday in the quarterfinals.

U.S. had finished third in Group A while Paraguay had topped Group B and today's pre-quarterfinal match was expected to be a tight one but in the end it turned out to be a completely one-sided match as the South American side never seemed to turn up.

"I don't think anything is going to take away that, and it's a different level", Hackworth said.

"It's easy when you have a bad result for everyone to think so negative and no more so than when you miss a World Cup", Hackworth added. They aren't the most glamorous South American side but Paraguay have been the most potent of the quartet here in India, playing a brand of football that belies the claims of their senior team being tiresome and defensive.

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"PSG have Neymar, Cavani and Kylian Mbappe leading the attack and they are doing very well. When I am ready and when the coach (Unai Emery) sees that I am ready, hopefully, I will be given a call-up to the first team." he signed off. I was just so excited.

Paraguay's cup of misery was full when in the 77th minute Andrew Carleton darted past the defenders and relayed the ball to Weah who blasted the ball home for his third and team's fifth goal. "It ended up being a handsome strike".

US kicked off their campaign with a 3-0 win over hosts India and then saw off two-time champions Ghana in an intense battle.

U.S. captain Sargent had another impressive game on Monday, as he set up Carleton for USA's third goal in the 63rd minute. "Most of my goals are just tap-ins". After conceding the first goal, the boys got really nervous and there was no coming back into the game for us.

American midfielder Chris Durkin got his second yellow card of the tournament and is suspended for the quarterfinal.

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