New York Red Bulls Academy prospect Chris Gloster took a bang to the head in the first half of the USA U-17 Men's National Team's group stage game against Mexico in the 2017 CONCACAF Men's U-17 Championship, and did not re-appear for the second half.
The score was 2-2 at half-time. Roberto De La Rosa opened the scoring in the sixth minute, latching on to a down-the-middle through ball that split the USA defense and suggested it could be a long night for the young Americans.
But in the 26th minute, USA captain Josh Sargent did his growing reputation no harm in scoring a goal of considerable intelligence and skill.
The captain followed that with a second in the 40th minute, to put the Americans ahead, 2-1. Sargent's second goal was more a showcase for his determination than his skill on the ball.
The Mexicans found their way back into the game - again through a disconcertingly simply goal for De La Rosa in the 44th minute.
Shortly after half-time, however, the USA took the lead for good. Blaine Ferri rolled in a shot from distance for the go-ahead goal.
The capper came in the 84th minute from Ayo Akinola.
A Jaylin Lindsey own goal in injury-time tightened the score line, but the USA closed out its first-ever win over Mexico in U-17 World Cup qualifying.
The win clinches the USA's spot in the next round of the tournament. Also, since it has beaten both the teams that could catch it on points in Group C (Jamaica and Mexico) and the first tiebreaker is head-to-head results: the USA should advance to the Classification Stage of the Championship as the winner of its group.
Next up for the young Americans is El Salvador on April 29. The match will close out the USA's group stage, but is entirely irrelevant to its progress in the tournament. As such, players who might benefit from a rest - such as the possibly-injured Gloster - can be given the time to do so, if necessary.
The Classification Stage will kick off on May 1. The USA's first game will be on May 3.