Just for kicks, the last time I got this and it kept stopping at the 17/26…I did this by accident and it got me past the 17 and back into the game right away.
First, make sure your in range of your home wi-fi.
In the middle of loading while the numbers are counting up to 17, flip from your wi-fi to phone data or vice-versa, from phone data to wi-fi, before it gets to 17. This will get you a “Disconnect error” and give you a button to reconnect. When you reconnect, it should let you in past the 17.
Somewhere in the 3 to 10, your actually connected into the server but not all the way into the game. The game for some reason thinks your still connected from before and hung up on something. Flipping your phone from wi-fi to data or vice-versa, sends a signal to the server and game you’ve been disconnected and opens the closed, blocked port awaiting your re-connection and un-hangs the hung process.
Give it a try. See if this gets you in. If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work.