ussoccer.com: This game is unique in that the U.S. has never played in a one-off final before, and you face your biggest rival to boot. How much did experience factor into your choices for the roster?
JK: “Well eventually what happened in the Gold Cup this summer turned now into this CONCACAF Cup final. It’s a one-off, and a one-off always has its own dynamics and that’s why you need a roster of 23 guys where you really feel as a coach that in this one specific opportunity that they are the right ones to get the job done. That’s why this roster is obviously full of experience. There are a lot of players that experienced different challenges over their careers and managed them and bring now their experience into this one-off clash against Mexico. That’s why you look for players - like a DaMarcus Beasley, a Jermaine Jones, Michael Bradley, Brad Guzan, Tim Howard, Kyle Beckerman and Chris Wondoloski - these types of players that have done so much for the National Team program that they understand exactly now what this is all about. This is about momentum. This is about high energy. This is about belief and a high-level of aggressiveness in a one-off game to beat Mexico and to get to the Confederations Cup.”
ussoccer.com: What is the approach you want this group of players to take?
JK: “When you look at a one-off game, it’s a final. It’s a trophy. It’s an opportunity that will not come back to you anymore in your career. You need players that really now embrace that moment and say ‘shoot, whatever happened has happened in the Gold Cup.’ Whether or not it was controversial, it’s in the past. Now it’s about winning a trophy. It’s about in 90 or possibly 120 minutes in front of a sold-out Rose Bowl crowd of 90,000. It’s about performing. It’s about representing my country. It will stay with you for the rest of your life. They can be excited about it and always look back and say I was there that special day. You want them to understand that from the first second they come on in camp. This is the CONCACAF Cup. This is the ticket to the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia. It’s a unique opportunity.”
ussoccer.com: Team spirit is always an important element to success, but you’ve stressed that for this game it’s even more critical. Why?
JK: “I think team unity, chemistry, the atmosphere between the players, the bonding, is huge in this game. It’s probably one of the key factors in order to win. It’s that they are there for each other. They understand that this is not about me, this is about the United States, this is about representing my country and this is about winning a trophy with my teammates. I think the word chemistry is huge approaching that Mexico game.”
ussoccer.com: There are some familiar names not on the list that weren’t able to beat the race to return to fitness …
JK: “Obviously it’s a specific moment now, and in that moment John Brooks is not 100 percent. Aron Johannsson is not 100 percent. Greg Garza actually had surgery a few weeks ago. There are always players that you’d love to have be a part of games like this that are just not there. It’s unfortunate for them, but it is reality.”
ussoccer.com: What is the message to the players who didn’t make the final roster?
JK: “Every time you have to cut down a roster like now from 35 to 23, there are some players that do not make it and it looks like they are not good enough, which is not the case. The competition is very, very tight. Not having Omar Gonzalez or Mix Diskerud on this roster, for example, is not because they are not good enough, it’s just because you see another player that is better in their position right now in this specific moment. Those are always tough decisions that a coach has to make, and we believe everyone in that roster will get the job done and the other ones are there to support. They also need to be ready still because they are on standby in case someone goes down in training and they get the call.”
ussoccer.com: Did the team that you expect Mexico to bring have any impact on your roster selections?
JK: “We’re looking at their roster and their qualities and we think we know a way of getting the job done, but it doesn’t really have too much impact on our selection of players. I think our selection of players is based on our strengths, based on how we want to play the game, based on how much in the flow in a rhythm they are right now. Everyone’s in a different situation. The players in Europe are in a different situation. The players in MLS are in a different situation and the players that play down in Mexico. For us coaches, it’s always kind of a new picture opening up and deciding what is best now for the National Team in order to win a game.”
JK: “I think this new rule now from CONCACAF to have the winner from the Gold Cup against another winner of the next Gold Cup, which if not the same team ends in a one-off final, gives it a very special spice. It’s huge, especially if it ends with the U.S. playing Mexico. It can’t get any bigger in our region. I would love to play that game in Azteca Stadium. That would be even more exciting, but the decision is made. The game is at Pasadena. We know that many Mexican fans will be at the stadium as well. It will be rock. It will be a special atmosphere. It will be high intensity from the first second of that game. This is what you’re hoping to experience as a coach, as a player, as a fan. You want to go into these very unique games and experience it and really enjoy that moment. This will be a game that for the next two or three years to come is probably the biggest game because it decides who goes to Russia in 2017 and it gives you a CONCACAF title, so it’s difficult to beat the importance of that one.”
ussoccer.com: For both players and coaches, the chance to play for a trophy is always special. What makes this game different?
JK: “It’s a unique opportunity for every player to really write a piece of history. How often do you play in a CONCACAF final against your biggest rival that people will talk about for a long time? Obviously Mexico won in 2011 at the Rose Bowl and it was a big bummer for the whole team and the whole program, but these moments are remembered and I think when you have that opportunity now in front of you, you can set the tone and you can write this little piece of history that a lot of people will talk about for a long time. You’ve got to grab that moment. You’ve got to come into camp and say ‘let’s do it’. I think the team is more than ready. There’s a lot of frustration after what happened in the Gold Cup. There’s no doubt about it. The only controversial stuff that was said and done is behind us. It is now a final and you have to go in there and just embrace it and give everything you have. If they give everything they have, then I’m pretty confident that we’ll come out as the winning team.”
ussoccer.com: There are quite a few veterans in the group that have seen a lot at the international level. Do you see this as a different opportunity for them?
JK: “I think it’s really an interesting moment now because you have a core group of players that are kind of running out of time and I just want them to just embrace that moment. We’re going to play for a trophy. We’re going to play for a trip to Russia in 2017, and maybe you’re not there anymore for that because you are now 32 or 33. We have players on our roster that have done so much for the National Team program, but that are also not getting any younger. All these guys in their thirties, they need to realize ‘you know what, I’m may not be getting these opportunities any more. This is it. We better take that trophy.’ However it looks like, we’ve got to go and get this thing. This is really about chemistry and getting the group together and making it a really special atmosphere the whole week leading into the Rose Bowl moment.”
ussoccer.com: The rivalry with Mexico in some ways is a legacy passed down to each generation of players, particularly from those who were able to help turn the table and establish the USA’s dominance at home. Is there a “responsibility” to beat Mexico?
JK: “USA-Mexico is a unique situation, and it’s comparable for me as a German to when you play Holland. The whole country rocks. For me, it was interesting over time to learn how much this rivalry really means to the people that really love soccer, whether it’s the coaches, the fans, the kids, or the players. When we beat them the first time at the Azteca stadium three years ago, for me it was not as big a deal. Yes, it was big that we won there and we’d also won in Italy and now in Germany, and those are always something special. But the response that I received from a lot of people in the U.S. after that win in Azteca was so different. It showed me then - and it was a learning curve for me as a coach - how much it really means to the people to beat Mexico, to have this rivalry going in a healthy way, in a respectful way. There’s a lot of admiration there for the Mexican soccer team and the players because the people love that sport. It’s their number one sport. I think in a certain way, do we have that responsibility to our fans? Yes. Are we accountable for what happens at the Rose Bowl? Absolutely we are, and obviously the players that were on the field for that CONCACAF Gold Cup final that we lost 4-2 - the Michael Bradley’s, the Tim Howard’s, Jermaine Jones, Clint Dempsey - there is something in them that is still burning. There is so much energy now being generated towards that game, it is just awesome. I want the players to enjoy that and to just grab that moment and get the trophy.”
ussoccer.com: At the same time the Senior Team has the clash with Mexico, the U-23s are attempting to qualify for the 2016 Olympics. How big a week is this for U.S. Soccer?
JK: “I think it can’t get any bigger than the next 10 days for soccer in our country on the men’s side. The Olympic team starting the qualification for Rio de Janeiro is huge. This is big for everyone. We’re going to give them all of the support we can, and hopefully the fans come out in numbers to all the venues they play in and give them big, big support because that is what they need to help them to qualify for the Olympics. At the same time, we play the clash with Mexico which decides who goes to the 2017 Confederations Cup. So, within the next 10 days it doesn’t get any bigger. The senior team is going to watch the Olympic Qualifying games and cheer for them. We know they’re going to play the decisive semifinal on Oct. 10 before we play Mexico that evening, and they’re going to sit in front of the TV that night and they’re going to scream for us. We are there for each other.”
KANSAS CITY, Kansas (Oct. 3, 2015) - The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team advanced to the semifinal round of the 2015 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship with a 6-1 win against Cuba in Group A play at Sporting Park.
Jerome Kiesewetter continued his fantastic form for the USA, scoring two goals to lead the way offensively for the Stars and Stripes. Center back partners Cameron Carter-Vickers and Matt Miazga opened the scoring with a goal apiece and the U.S. then got strikes from Emerson Hyndman and Alonso Hernandez to go up 6-0. Cuba added a consolation goal in stoppage time.
The USA next plays Panama at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado on Oct. 6 to round out group play. A win or draw against Panama would guarantee the U.S. top spot in Group A. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. MT and will be broadcast on NBC Universo. A full Match Report will be available shortly.
One of three 2015 inductees to the National Soccer Hall of Fame, Kasey Keller has long been referred to as a pioneer for American players in Europe. At just 22-years-old and without a professional domestic league in the United States, Keller went across the Atlantic to sign for English First Division club Millwall in 1992.
He had no idea about the career longevity he’d have playing abroad.
“I remember going over to Europe and thinking, ‘Oh man, if I could play five seasons, if I could play 10 seasons,’ and then ending up playing 17 years,” Keller told ussoccer.com earlier this year.
A product of the University of Portland, Keller’s European club adventure took him from east London to Leicester City, Spain’s Rayo Vallecano, Tottenham Hotspur, Germany’s Borussia Monchengladbach, Fulham and even a short stint with Southampton. Seven clubs in three of the world’s top leagues and from the beginning, he did it while on an American passport.
Over time, Keller became a guide to fellow Americans interested in his advice for a potential move abroad.
“By the time I’d met him, he’d already been in England for so long,” said former U.S. international Eddie Lewis. “As a player that was older than me, both from an age and experience standpoint, having been abroad for so long, I often asked him many questions about Europe and particularly about England. As a young player coming into the National Team, I wanted to go overseas and I used him as a sounding board on many occasions.”
And while he spent 17 of his 20 professional seasons an ocean away, his devotion to playing for his country never wavered.
“At the National Team level, I very rarely had a player like Kasey that never refused a call up,” said former Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena. “Kasey would travel and play for the U.S. whenever – he was very dedicated to the National Team program.”
Keller’s international career really began before his club career at the 1989 FIFA World Youth Championships in Saudi Arabia. Playing at the University of Portland at the time, Keller won the Silver Ball at the tournament after helping the U.S. U-20 side to a fourth place finish.
Keller as an up-and-coming goalkeeper with the U.S. U-20 MNT.
Just a year later, the 20-year-old earned his first of 102 caps for the Men’s National Team. That summer he was named to the first U.S. World Cup team since 1950, pushing but eventually backing up Tony Meola as a young U.S. squad went three-and-out in Italy.
With a wealth of talented goalkeepers, Keller’s early competition with Meola was only the beginning of a battle for the number one spot on the U.S. team.
“I know when I first came on the international scene, Tony Meola was the number one goalkeeper and that’s who Kasey and I were trying to knock off the perch,” said fellow goalkeeper Brad Friedel. “Even from my college time, it was myself and Kasey – we were in the Olympic team together battling out to see who would play in ’92 in Barcelona.”
Though Friedel won that battle and Keller was left off the U.S. team altogether in 1994, his competition with Friedel would really heat up the following year as the two often split goalkeeping duties in important matches the next eight years. Both put in key performances in big matches along the way -- Keller’s wins against Chile and Argentina at Copa America ‘95, his form in World Cup qualifying and ultimately, his 10-save effort in the U.S. team’s 1-0 win against Brazil in the 1998 Gold Cup semifinal gave him the starting nod at that summer’s World Cup in France.
On the significance for the family to see “Mooch” inducted:
“This means everything to us, his whole world was soccer. It revolved around the game from the time he was a little kid playing in Trenton; to youth soccer, and then going to college, and being with the National Team. He could never get enough. We built our lives around soccer, and we traveled the country to make it happen for him and to be involved in whatever level he could be. He put 110% effort into whatever he did with soccer. We wish he could have received this honor himself but knowing the family will be there is a huge honor.”
On what Mooch would say about being inducted:
“He’d be very humbled. He wouldn’t have wanted the recognition; it wasn’t why he was involved in soccer but he would take it wholeheartedly. He would be very emotional about this honor because this was his whole life and to be honored by his peers, the community and the Hall of Fame, it doesn’t get any better than that.”
On the legacy he left behind:
“To share the game and share soccer with as many people as he can, players through all the levels, and coaches in the United States, while bringing success to the soccer community across the country. He always wanted to promote the game at all levels and make it successful. He wanted to build soccer into the sport of the United States. He wanted to share it all.”
How he’d liked to be remembered:
“When I think of Mooch, I remember a passionate man. He was passionate about so many things, and it showed in everything he did. But when it came to soccer, it was a passion that was all consuming. He always knew how lucky he was to have the talent to pursue his dreams, and the opportunities that the game gave him throughout his life. He never took any of it for granted, and with each opportunity that came his way, his passion grew. I think what he enjoyed most was the chance to meet so many wonderful people and share his love of the game with so many. The stories he would tell were priceless and most ended with laughter. I could see the joy in his eyes. They always sparkled. How would he want to be remembered? As a person who was passionate and wasn't afraid to pursue his dreams. And he never took any of his opportunities for granted. He was thankful every day, and he lived each day as if it was his last.”
On how you felt when you heard about being him being inducted into the Hall of Fame:
“I think I was just so happy and proud. It’s certainly something that he deserves. He would have been very humbled and honored for this recognition. I think he would have been really touched.”
On growing up with soccer and the legacy her father has left:
“It means a lot. He was so passionate about soccer and had this contagious love for the game. From our friends in a little field at home, to an international level; everyone could sense how much he loved the game. It’s great that he’s being recognized for this contribution. I think he would have loved to see how much the game has grown now; how much people love it and watch the game, and how much it has become a huge part of the nation. His memory will always be a part of that tradition. He just loved it and cared about it so much and always wanted to share it with everyone. That will be his legacy.
On his reaction to hearing his father is being inducted into the Hall of Fame:
“Obviously, my first reaction was to be very happy and proud. One of the amazing things - it’s been almost nine years since dad passed away, but every year it seems like every few months someone says something about him or something comes up, or he’s being recognized to this day for what he achieved in soccer- and this is just another moment and perhaps bigger, but something to be proud of, and something special to share with my mom, my sister and my grandmother.
On the way the soccer community remembers his father:
“I’m lucky enough to have been in the same soccer field, and I continuously come across people who have something kind to say about him and how he inspired them or helped them, and it’s something I never get tired to hear. For him to receive this honor is obviously tremendous support from U.S. Soccer and how he impacted the sport.”
On where Mooch’s love of soccer came from:
“I would have to say, it had to come up from when he was young in Trenton, New Jersey, and being in a part of the country where soccer was something that was available to him and allowed to thrive. It seems like it was an instant love and connection, and something he was naturally supposed to do with his life; whether it was as a player or as a coach at different levels. He was able to connect with it at a very young age without going far away to find that connection.”
On the legacy his father has left:
“I think about it pretty often. One of the things that he really took away from his work was his ability to connect with people, whether it was his colleagues or his players. That would be above all what he really achieved. It was his ability to connect, gain and give in return in a sport he loved at a really high level, and never taking it for granted, but being passionate and driven about it every day.”
On his thoughts about being elected into the National Soccer Hall of Fame:
“It’s a great honor. You look at some of the guys that have been elected before. It’s not an easy process. It’s not like it’s an open-door policy. It’s cool to be voted in. I really saw it firsthand when I was able to speak on (Brian) McBride’s behalf of how cool it is. I don’t think anybody really starts a career with that as a goal, ‘I’m going to be in the Hall of Fame,’ and I’d never even really thought much about it. I’m proud and thankful for the people that helped get me to that point throughout my career - teammates, coaches, friends, family. It’s kind of a culmination of what you’ve done and how you got there and all the people that helped you get to get to that point, so I’m thankful for that.”
On what makes it “cool”:
“I think what makes it cool is that it’s so few people. You look at it and you think, when I was told that I was nominated and I was up for it, and then I looked at the guys that have been nominated, some teammates who I played a lot of games with, and big names that hadn’t been voted in, that’s when I really started to realize that, ‘Oh, it’s a pretty exclusive club here. This could be pretty cool.”
On what sticks out to him when he reflects back on his career:
“From early on, starting with the Youth World Championships and winning the Silver Ball in ’89 and kind of getting things started that way; being part of the ’90 World Cup team, then just having a long career with the National Team, enjoying that; the whole time in Europe. I remember going over to Europe and thinking, ‘Oh man, if I could play five seasons, if I could play 10 seasons,’ and then ending up playing 17 years in Europe and most of the time going back and forth with the National Team and being able to finish up my career coming back home and being a part of Seattle at the beginning of the Sounders and seeing what that’s become… there’s so much that I just look back upon and go, ‘Wow, that was pretty cool how that all worked out.’”
On how far the sport has come:
“That’s the crazy part about it. You have this generation now that basically grew up with MLS. MLS didn’t exist when I went to Europe. You didn’t have a choice; you just tried to make it. I think the other thing, too, was that I was so naïve as well, just ‘I’m just going to go to Europe and I’m going to do this and I’m going to do that,’ really kind of being the first on an American passport to kind of establish himself in England, the first to play in Spain, in La Liga; so it’s all those little things that I really had no idea back in the late 80’s, early 90’s when I was kind of breaking through. Now it just seems so normal. It’s crazy when I think back about that sometimes. I remember one of my first trips with the National Team in Brazil, the Fan Zones in Copa Cabana for the U.S. games were full of U.S. fans that had just flown down to Brazil, maybe they didn’t have tickets to the game but they had tickets to a different game and they were just completely representing down in Brazil. We had just a handful of people in 1990 and one or two reporters. The game is extremely healthy compared to where it was.”
On what it means to be recognized by the people he spent so much time representing:
“I think that, once again, that goes back to that cool factor, where I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the National Team and it’s the reason why I stuck around so long, because of how I felt connected to the American fan. I hadn’t played in America until I came home in 2009. MLS started in ’96 and I didn’t get here until 13 years into the league, but I had so much pride playing for my country and representing my nation that I just wanted to do it as much, and keep that ball rolling and keep that relationship with the American fan. It was fun watching it grow and get bigger and just continue to move in the right direction. And now, to be recognized by that group for what I was able to do early on, and them thinking that what I did was pretty important is, like I said, back on that cool factor.”
On whether his unusual dimensions will make it difficult to make a Hall of Fame jacket for him:
“You know, it’s a 42’ long. Just let out a little bit in the shoulders, it should be okay.”
On his wife’s support throughout this career:
“I’ve said it multiple times: there’s no chance I would have had the career I had in Europe if I hadn’t had the support that I had at home. When you can be living in London and your kids are at a birthday party, you go to pick them up and your phone rings and you step outside and you walk back in to tell your wife you’re moving to Germany and there’s not even a flinch, you know that things are right. Like I said, I just would not have had anywhere near the career I had without the support that she gave me.”
On with whom he would most want to share this honor (besides his family):
“It’s tough. I have a lot of friends in the game. One is sitting next to me right now, that’s Marcus Hahnemann, but really, Brian McBride was my roommate for 10 years on the National Team. He’s the reason I got to Fulham, the reason why our families still get together all the time. Really, between Marcus and Brian and Claudio, Gregg Berhalter and Frankie, you know that crew that was together for such a long time from basically ’98 through 2006. It was a good run. It’s just great to see how far this sport has come in a short period of time and I’m proud to have been a part of it from the 80’s to now.”
CHICAGO (Oct. 2, 2015) - U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has named the 21-player roster that will represent the United States at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which runs from Oct. 17-Nov. 8 in Chile.
“I think it’s a pretty well-rounded roster,” said Williams. “When you look over the two-plus years we’ve been together, we’ve had the ability to push forward and score goals with a lot of talented attacking players, but also on the defensive end we’ve had a lot of great games where we’ve defended well. We were able to play a good amount of international matches and domestic matches, and we hope through all of those experiences we have a really balanced team of 21 players that comes together and gets positive results.”
The U-17’s were drawn into Group A with host Chile, Croatia and Nigeria and open group play against Nigeria on Oct. 17 at 4 p.m. ET in Santiago. The team will then square off with Croatia on Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. ET in Vina Del Mar and Chile on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. ET in Vina Del Mar.
Nineteen players on the roster were a part of the Under-17 team that defeated Jamaica in penalty kicks in March to qualify the USA for the World Cup and 20 are products of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
The team will bring along nine of its goal scorers from 2015 to Chile: Hugo Arellano, Pierre da Silva, Luca de la Torre, Joe Gallardo, Josh Perez, Christian Pulisic, Brandon Vazquez, Haji Wright and Alejandro Zendejas. Perez leads the way with six goals this year.
The World Cup will be played in eight cities in Chile: Chillan, Concepcion, Coquimbo, La Serena, Puerto Montt, Santiago/Nunoa, Talca, and Vina Del Mar. The championship and third place matches take place Sunday, Nov. 8, at the 24,000-capacity Estadio Sausalito in Vina del Mar.
A total of 24 countries participate in the tournament. The top two teams in each group, as well as the best four third-place teams, advance to the Round of 16 on October 28 and 29.
In its last U-17 World Cup appearance in 2011, the USA was drawn into Group D where it finished in second place (1-1-1) ahead of New Zealand and the Czech Republic, and behind Uzbekistan. The MNT faced off with Germany in the Round of 16, falling 4-0 to the eventual third-place finisher.
The U.S. qualified for the U-17 World Cup with a third-place finish at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in March. After winning its group with a 3-1-1 record, the U.S. clinched its spot in Chile by defeating Jamaica 5-4 in penalty kicks.
This is the 15th occasion that the USA has advanced to a FIFA World Youth Championship or World Cup at this age group. The USA’s best performance was a fourth-place finish at the FIFA U-17 World Youth Championship in 1999 that included wins against Uruguay and Mexico. The U.S. nearly reached the final, falling in a penalty kick shootout to Australia in the semifinal.
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy II; Westminster, Calif.), William Pulisic (Richmond United; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (8): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls II; Wappinger Falls, N.Y.),Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Danny Barbir (West Bromwich Albion; Allentown, Penn.), Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake Academy; Nashville, Tenn.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union Academy; Media, Pa.), Alexis Velela (New York Cosmos; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Luca de la Torre (Fulham F.C. San Diego, Calif.), Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy; South Orange, N.J.), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund; Hershey, Pa.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas; El Paso, Tex.)
FORWARDS (5): Pierre da Silva (Orlando City SC Academy; Port Chester, N.Y.), Joe Gallardo (C.F. Monterrey; San Diego, Calif.), Josh Perez (Unattached; La Habra, Calif.), Brandon Vazquez (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Haji Wright (New York Cosmos; Los Angeles, Calif.)
- Nineteen of the 21 players on the roster were born in 1998, with Tyler Adams and Eric Lopez the couple players born in 1999
- Twenty players on the roster are products of the Development Academy: Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy),Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy), Barbir (Players Development Academy), Calvillo(Real So Cal), da Silva (Orlando City SC Academy), de la Torre (Nomads SC & San Diego Surf), Dieterich (Real Salt Lake AZ),Gallardo (Nomads SC), Lopez (LA Galaxy Academy), McCabe(Players Development Academy), Nelson(Internationals), Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy), Perez (Chivas USA),C. Pulisic (PA Classics), W. Pulisic (Richmond United), Silva(Players Development Academy), Trusty(Philadelphia Union), Velela (San Diego Surf), Wright (LA Galaxy Academy),Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy).
- Nineteen players on this roster were a part of the U-17 team that defeated Jamaica in Penalty Kicks in March to qualify for the World Cup.
- William Pulisic started as the goalkeeper in every match for the U-17’s in the CONCACAF Championship
- Arellano, Da Silva, de la Torre, Gallardo, Perez, Christian Pulisic, Vazquez, Wright and Zendejas have each tallied goals with the U-17’s this year. Perez leads the way having scored six times in 2015.