The FIFA U-17 World Cup began on Friday morning, with the United States beating host country India 3-0. Josh Sargent, Chris Durkin and Andrew Carleton had the goals for the Americans.
Of special note to all New York City FC fans, however, is that the club’s first ever Homegrown Player James Sands, or !!!JAMES SANDS!!! as our esteemed Sam Dunn always says, started in this match and played the full 90 for the USYNT. The Rye, NY native lined up in central defense playing left center back. While he has been treated more of a defensive midfielder by Vieira and co. he has played a lot in central defense when he was an Academy player, and has played there frequently for the US as well.
Sands is not alone in representing his country this month. NYCFC Academy Product Tyler Shaver also appears on the U-17 USYNT World Cup roster as well. Shaver is still a relatively unknown for those who follow the senior squad, but he’s called into this U-17 World Cup roster as a defender, same as James Sands. We’ll keep an eye out to see if he gets any playing time so we can learn more about him.
But, with all that being said, it appears the future is getting brighter for New York City FC.