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U-17 MNT Head Coach Richie Williams Finalizes Roster for 2013 Fall Semester of U.S. Under-17 Residency Program


CHICAGO (Sept. 3, 2013) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has named the 28-player roster for the 2013 fall semester of the U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla.

The fall semester of the Residency Program is the U-17 MNT’s first step in this qualifying cycle as it prepares for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.

All 28 players arrived in Florida on Saturday, Aug. 31, and began training on Monday, Sept. 2. The roster includes 25 players who have ties to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

Midfielder Brian Zelaya of De Anza Force was named to the U-15/16 West Conference Starting XI for the 2012-13 season as both the U-15/16 and U-17/18 teams for the San Jose-area club advanced to the 2012-13 Development Academy Finals Week in Houston. Forward Christian Pulisic of PA Classics was named to the U-15/16 East Conference Starting XI after leading his team with 15 goals during the 2012-13 season.

Twelve players among this group represented the U-15 Boys’ National Team at the recent Copa Mexico de Naciones. The USA capped off the tournament with a thrilling shootout victory against Paraguay in the third-place match on Aug. 18.

2013 U.S. U-17 Residency Fall Semester Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): William Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va.), Abraham Romero (LA Galaxy Academy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Kevin Silva (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (10):  Hugo Arellano (Chivas USA Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), George Braima (Crew Soccer Academy; Columbus, Ohio), Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club; Port Chester, N.Y.), Nikkye De Point (Revolution Empire; Rochester, N.Y.), Tanner Dieterich (Tennessee Soccer Club; Nashville, Tenn.), Cristian Martinez (NJSA 04; Mine Hill, N.J.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Ronaldo Escudero (Pateadores; Placentia, Calif.), Kyle Gurrieri (NJSA 04; Totowa, N.J.), Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy; South Orange, N.J.), Weston McKinnie (FC Dallas Academy; Little Elm, Texas), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo.), Devin Vega (San Antonio Scorpions; San Antonio, Texas), Brian Zelaya (Juventus Heat; San Mateo, Calif.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (6): Kevin Coleman (FC Richmond; Warrenton, Va.), David Loera (Orlando City Lions; Orlando, Fla.), Jonathan Navarro (De Anza Force; San Jose, Calif.), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.), Sean Teixeira (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trumbull, Conn.), Haji Wright (LA Galaxy Academy; Los Angeles, Calif.)

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