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Selección Masculina Sub-17 Vence a Trinidad y Tobago 2-0 En Campeonato CONCACAF 2015

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (2 de marzo, 2015) – La Selección Masculina Sub-17 de Estados Unidos se encuentra con seis puntos en la tabla del Grupo A del Campeonato Sub-17 de CONCACAF 2015 luego de una victoria de 2-0 contra Trinidad y Tobago. Joe Gallardo anotó el primer gol del encuentro y su cuarto del torneo en un tiro libre, y Haji Wright agregó el segundo en el segundo tiempo.

EE.UU. se ha enfrentado a Trinidad y Tobago en nueve ocasiones en un Campeonato Sub-17 de CONCACAF y ahora tiene un registro de 5-1-3 contra Trinidad y Tobago.

Estados Unidos ahora tiene en la mira el tercer partido del Grupo A, el jueves, 5 de marzo, contra Guatemala. El partido está programado para las 6 p.m. ET y será transmitido en vivo por FOX Sports 2 y Univisión Deportes.

En el primer partido de hoy del Grupo A, Jamaica venció 2-1 a su similar de Guatemala. Cuba se enfrenta al anfitrión Honduras en el último partido de la noche.

Próximamente:
Estados Unidos jugará contra Guatemala el jueves, 5 de marzo, a las 6 p.m. ET en vivo por FOX Sports 2 y Univisión Deportes. Su paso por el Grupo A sigue con Honduras (8 de marzo; 9:30 p.m. ET) y contra Jamaica (11 de marzo; 7 p.m. ET).
Información de transmisión: Univisión Deportes, FOX Sports 2
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt, @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Resumen de Goles:

USA – Joe Gallardo, minuto 31: Un minuto antes, el árbitro señaló un tiro libre a favor de Estados Unidos por una mano de Trinidad y Tobago. Joe Gallardo se perfiló hacia la portería con la pelota sobre el borde del área grande. Su disparo al ras del césped pasó por un lado de la barrera de Trinidad y Tobago, e hizo retumbar la red al pasar por un lado del portero Levi Fernández. USA 1, TRI 0

USA – Haji Wright (Christian Pulisic), minuto 71: Estados Unidos se encontraba cerca del medio campo cuando Christian Pulisic envío un balón por la banda izquierda, habilitando perfectamente a Haji Wright por detrás de la zaga de Trinidad y Tobago. Wright controló el balón hacia la portería adentro del área, enviando su disparo preciso adentro del segundo poste para el segundo gol de EE.UU. USA 2, TRI 0, FINAL

Atajadas Claves y Oportunidades Peligrosas:

TRI – Noah Powder y Tekay Hoyce, minuto 9: Estados Unidos tuvo dos oportunidades peligrosas consecutivas luego de una jugada a balón parado. Después de que un tiro de esquina de Christian Pulisic por el lado izquierdo rebotara entre la multitud, Alejandro Zendejas cruzó el balón de nuevo al centro de lado derecho. Haji Wright cabeceó la pelota hacia el lado izquierdo del marco y Powder despejó sobre la línea de gol. Joe Gallardo mantuvo vivo el intento con un disparo cerca del primer poste y Hoyce despejó para un tiro de esquina de EE.UU.

USA – Hugo Arellano, minuto 35: Trinidad y Tobago atacó por el lado derecho enviando un balón peligroso adentro del área grande por parte de Kareem Riley. William Pulisic intentó desviar con los puños pero el balón voló hacia atrás. Sin embargo el capitán Hugo Arellano estaba atentó e hizo el despeje necesario cerca del área chica.

USA – Luca de la Torre, minuto 42: Estados Unidos atacó por el lado izquierdo y el balón le cayó a Christian Pulisic en el centro. Pulisic dio el pase a su derecha para Luca de la Torre, quien remató con fuerza hacia la portería, enviando el esférico a la red, pero por afuera.

USA – William Pulisic, minuto 87: William Pulisic mantuvo el marcador en cero con dos atajadas impresionantes en el minuto 87. Kieron Mason recibió el balón y dejó ir un cañón de larga distancia que William Pulisic hizo bien en tirarse para atajar. El rebote le cayó directamente al capitán de Trinidad y Tobago Noah Powder, quien disparó a quemarropa. Pero W. Pulisic estaba listo para el remate, atajando con el cuerpo.

TRI – Levi Hernández, minuto 90: El portero de Trinidad y Tobago hizo una última jugada en el minuto 90 cuando Estados Unidos envió un balón cruzado peligroso al centro del área chica. Hernández desvió el balón con la palma de la mano por arriba de un jugador estadounidense que atacaba.

- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Masculina Sub-17 de Estados Unidos -

Encuentro: Selección Masculina Sub-17 de Estados Unidos vs. Trinidad y Tobago
Fecha: 2 de marzo, 2015
Torneo: Campeonato Sub-17 de CONCACAF 2015; Grupo A
Sede: Estadio Francisco Morazán; San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Inicio: 6 p.m. ET
Asistencia: TBD
Clima: 81 grados Fahrenheit, mayormente nublado

Resumen de anotaciones:       1          2          F
USA                                         1          1          2
TRI                                          0          0          0

USA – Joe Gallardo                                         minuto 31
USA – Haji Wright (Christian Pulisic)              71

Alineaciones:
USA: 1-Will Pulisic; 2-Matthew Olosunde, 14-Tanner Dieterich, 5-Hugo Arellano (capt.), 3-John Nelson; 16-Thomas McCabe, 8-Luca de la Torre (13-McKinze Gaines, 64), 10-Christian Pulisic (18-Tyler Adams, 83); 7-Haji Wright, 9-Joe Gallardo (19-Brandon Vázquez, 90+1), 20-Alejandro Zendejas

Suplentes no utilizados: 4-Alexis Velela, 6-Eric Calvillo, 11-Josh Pérez, 12-Kevin Silva, 15-Daniel Barbir, 17-Pierre da Silva

Director Técnico: Richie Williams

TRI: 1-Levi Fernández; 3-Keston Julien, 4-Tekay Hoyce, 6-Kareem Riley, 7-Shakeem Patrick; 8-Joshua Burnett (17-Jeankeon Alexander, 84), 10-Morgan Bruce, 11-Jarren Nixon (9-Chaz Burnett, 60), 12-Kierron Mason; 14-Isaiah Hudson (13-Kishon Hacksaw, 82), 19-Noah Powder

Suplentes no utilizados: 2-Isaiah García, 15-Darnell Hospedales, 16-Shobai Celestin, 18-Jean-Paul Rochford, 20-Tyrek James

Director Técnico: Shawn Cooper

Resumen estadístico: USA / TRI
Tiros: 12 / 10
Tiros a Gol: 4 / 2
Atajadas: 2 / 1
Tiros de Esquina: 8 / 2
Faltas: 14 / 11
Fuera de Lugar: 1 / 3

Resumen de penalidades:
USA – Thomas McCabe (amonestación)         minuto 74
TRI – Joshua Burnett (amonestación)              78
USA – Matthew Olosunde (amonstación)        85

Árbitros:
Árbitro: Adrian Skeete (BRB)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Gabriel Victoria (PAN)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Ricardo Ake (BLZ)
Cuarto Oficial: Kimbell Ward (SKT)

Jugador del Partido: Hugo Arellano

U-17 MNT Ready to Tackle Trinidad & Tobago

The U-17 MNT prepares for the second game in the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship against Trinidad & Tobago.

Photo Gallery: U-17 MNT Off to Flying Start at 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship

Photos from the U-17 MNT's 5-0 win against Cuba in its opening Group A game at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, which is being held in Honduras. The U.S. next plays Trinidad & Tobago on Monday at 6 p.m. ET. The match will be broadcast on FOX Sports 2 and Univision Deportes. Fans will also be able to follow all the action on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp

Richie Williams Names 20-Player Roster for 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship

CHICAGO (Feb. 24, 2015) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has named the 20-player roster that will represent the USA at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. The U.S. opens Group A play against Cuba on Friday, Feb. 27, at Estadio Francisco Morazan in San Pedro Sula, Honduras (FOX Sports 2, Univision Deportes).

“We’re very happy with the 20-man roster that we named, and we think it’s a strong and deep roster,” Williams said. “Obviously there were difficult decisions that needed to be made because we have a very good group, and we have a lot of players that have been here for a year and a half to two years that have really worked hard and developed. That made it difficult in terms of choosing that 20-man roster. It’s not easy when you have to tell players that they haven’t made it. But again, we feel this is a strong roster and it’s a group that’s ready to go and compete and win a championship.”

The USA is paired with Cuba, Guatemala, host side Honduras, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago in Group A at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. After the USA’s game against Cuba on Feb. 27, the U-17 MNT faces Trinidad & Tobago on March 2, followed by Guatemala (March 5), Honduras (March 8) and Jamaica (March 11).

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): William Pulisic (Richmond United), Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy)
DEFENDERS (7): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy), Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy), Daniel Barbir (West Bromwich Albion), Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake AZ), John Nelson (Internationals), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal), Luca de la Torre (Fulham), Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas)
FORWARDS (6): Pierre da Silva (Orlando City Academy), McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC), Joe Gallardo (Monterrey), Josh Perez (Unattached), Brandon Vazquez (Club Tijuana), Haji Wright (Unattached)

Four countries from the CONCACAF region will directly qualify from this tournament for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile. The Group A and B winners will clinch a berth for the World Cup and earn a spot in the CONCACAF U-17 Championship title match on March 15. The group’s second- and third-place teams will advance to a playoff stage. Those four teams will be seeded, with the No. 2 and 3 seeds playing in one playoff and the No. 1 and 4 seeds in the other playoff game, both taking place on March 15. The two playoff victors will earn the other two berths for the U-17 World Cup.

Additional Roster Notes:

  • Nineteen of the 20 players also have ties to the Development Academy.
  • Much of this U-17 MNT roster played a big role in the USA’s 17-7-3 international campaign in 2014.
  • The roster includes forward Haji Wright, the leading goal scorer last year with 18 goals in 22 matches. Midfielder Christian Pulisic, who officially joined German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund earlier this month, is coming off a strong 2014 with the U-17s that included 17 goals and seven assists in international play. Both Wright and Pulisic were nominees for 2014 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year.
  • The U-17s have had a successful cycle in international competition, including four tournament titles.
  • Most of this group was part of the 2013 Nike International Friendlies championship side and earned a runner-up finish in the 2014 Nike Friendlies.
  • Also in 2014, the USA defeated host Turkey to win the Aegean Cup title, followed by a championship crown at the Josip Katalinski International Tournament in Bosnia-Herzegovina and a title run at the Panama U-17 International Tournament in early October.
  • In preparation for qualifying, the U-17s have had four international matches this month. The U.S. split a two-game set against Panama on Feb. 2 and 4, then showcased a strong offensive display this past weekend with a 5-2 victory against Bermuda on Friday, Feb. 20, followed by a 4-0 win in the rematch two days later.
  • The USA has qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup on 14 occasions, more than any other CONCACAF team. The U-17 MNT’s absence from the 2013 World Cup was the only occurrence that the USA did not qualify for that stage.

Richie Williams Names 28 Players to U-17 MNT 2015 Spring Residency Roster

CHICAGO (Jan. 27, 2015) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has invited 28 players to the 2015 Spring Semester of the U.S. U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida.

In late February and early March, the U-17 MNT will be participating in the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, which serves as the qualifying tournament for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup for the CONCACAF region.

“This is an important semester for us and an important year for this cycle,” Williams said. “With World Cup qualifying at the beginning of March, it will be important for us to continue training well and performing well. We also need to find a balance with this group and some of the players who are not with us on a regular basis to form a 20-man roster that will head to qualifying to compete and get results.”

The U-17 Residency Program roster features 24 players who were with the team during the 2014 fall semester. The four newcomers to the group are defender Matthew Constant, midfielder Giuseppe Barone and forwards Elvir Ibisevic and Josh Perez.

The Residency roster also includes 25 players currently registered with Development Academy clubs, and 27 in all with ties to the Academy.

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif.), Will Pulisic (Richmond United; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (9): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Matthew Constant (Dallas Texans; Carrollton, Texas), Nikkye De Point (Revolution Empire; Rochester, N.Y.), Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake AZ; Nashville, Tenn.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Giuseppe Barone (Crew SC Academy Wolves; Grandville, Mich.), George Braima (Crew SC Academy; Columbus, Ohio), Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Keegan Kelly (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore, Md.), Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy; South Orange, N.J.), Luka Prpa (Chicago Magic PSG; Wind Lake, Wis.), Nick Taitague (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (8): Pierre Da Silva (Orlando City SC; Port Chester, N.Y.), Lucas Del Rosario (Capital Area RailHawks Academy – CASL; Durham, N.C.), McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Joe Gallardo (Monterrey; San Diego, Calif.), Elvir Ibisevic (Sporting Iowa; Urbandale, Iowa), Eric Matzelevich (Bethesda-Olney; Washington, D.C.), Josh Perez (Unattached; La Habra, Calif.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.)

About the U-17 Residency Program:
The U.S. players live on campus at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, and train in the morning under the guidance of the U.S. U-17 MNT coaching staff. In the afternoon, the players attend classes at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. While in the full-time residency program, the U.S. not only trains daily, but also has access to the IMG Academy facilities. The team regularly uses IMG’s state-of-the-art strength-training facilities, as well as some of the nation’s best sports psychologists who work at the Academy. The IMG Academies include top-of-the-line soccer equipment, Bermuda grass fields, renovated student housing and dining facilities.

Since its inception, approximately 400 players have been through the full-time Residency Program, and more than 100 players have moved on to Major League Soccer and other professional leagues.

The first full-time U.S. Soccer Residency Program began on Jan. 17, 1999, when U.S. Soccer collected 20 of the country’s elite youth players to train year-round.

Under-17s: In 2013, Velela earned his first four caps with the U-17 MNT, including an appearance in all three games during the USA’s championship run at the 2013 Nike International Friendlies. Velela’s 2014 campaign featured 15 starts in 16 appearances, 1,148 minutes logged, a goal and an assist. Velela scored the game-winning goal during the USA’s 5-2 victory against Norway on Jan. 21. … Under-15s: Velela was a member of the U-15 Boys’ National Team in 2012 and 2013.

Velela is a member of the Development Academy’s San Diego Surf. During the 2013-14 season, Velela scored two goals in five matches with the U-15/16s.

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