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U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team

Richie Williams Names 20-Player U-17 MNT Squad for Three-Match Pacific Northwest Tour

CHICAGO (March 6, 2014) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has named a 20-player squad to take part in a three-match tour of the Pacific Northwest that will run from March 7-18. The trip includes games against the Seattle Sounders FC U-17/18s, the University of Portland Pilots and the Portland Timbers Reserves.

The U.S. U-17 MNT begins its tour in Seattle, where the players will train for two days as well as attend the opening kickoff of the 2014 MLS season when Seattle Sounders FC hosts Sporting Kansas City on March 8. Before departing the Emerald City, the U.S. U-17s will face a Sounders squad, featuring a blend of the club’s U-17/18 Academy players and first team Reserves at Starfire Sports Complex, Field 1 on March 10, at 7 p.m. PT. The match is open to the public and free to attend.

The U.S. U-17s then travel to Portland, Ore., for a game against the Portland Pilots on March 12. The match, which is set to kick off at 7 p.m. PT, will be played at Merlo Field on the university’s campus and is free to the public.

The team will train in Portland through the weekend, including one day at the Nike Campus in Beaverton, before playing its final match on March 17 against a Portland Timbers squad comprised primarily of the club’s first team Reserves and some players from its U-17/18 Development Academy team. Kickoff for the game is set for 10 a.m. PT at Providence Park and is a Timbers season-ticket holder event.

Seventeen of the 20 players on the U.S. U-17 roster are currently enrolled in U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. Two non-Residency players, Edwin Lara and Nicholas Taitague, who are age eligible for the U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team, continue their run of call-ups for Richie Williams’ side, and the only other player not currently in Residency is New York Red Bulls Academy product Tyler Adams, who recently captained the U-15 BNT for two friendlies against the United Arab Emirates during an international training camp in Abu Dhabi in February.

Including Adams, the New York Red Bulls lead the five MLS Academy teams represented with two players on the roster; Matthew Olosunde is New York’s other Academy product on the roster. The other four MLS Academies are Chivas USA (Hugo Arellano), Crew Soccer Academy (George Braima), FC Dallas (Alejandro Zendejas) and the LA Galaxy Academy (Haji Wright).

March 10; 7 p.m. PT
– U-17 MNT vs. Seattle Sounders Reserves/U-17/18’s; Starfire Field #1
March 12; 7 p.m. PT
– U-17 MNT vs. University of Portland Pilots; Merlo Field
March 17; 10 a.m. PT
– U-17 MNT vs. Portland Timbers Reserves/U-17/18s; Providence Park

: William Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.)
: Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Hugo Arellano (Chivas USA Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Tanner Dieterich (TN Soccer Club; Nashville, Tenn.), Edwin Lara (De Anza Force; San Leandro, Calif.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
: George Braima (Crew Soccer Academy; Columbus, Ohio), Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Thomas McCabe (PDA; South Orange, N.J.), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.), Nicholas Taitague (Richmond Strikers; Midlothian, Va.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)
: Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club; Port Chester, N.Y.), McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Eric Matzelevich (Bethesda-Olney; Washington, D.C.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.), Haji Wright (LA Galaxy Academy; Los Angeles, Calif.)

U.S. U-17 MNT Claims Aegean Cup Championship with 2-1 Victory against Turkey

MANISA, Turkey (Jan. 25, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team won the 2014 Aegean Cup with a 2-1 victory against Turkey behind a pair of second-half goals from Joe Gallardo and Haji Wright.

Gallardo finished as the team’s leading scorer at the tournament with three goals and goalkeeper Will Pulisic earned the tournament’s Golden Glove award as the U.S. U-17 MNT claimed a second consecutive international tournament championship.

The USA dominated proceedings in the opening 45 minutes but could not convert a handful of chances. Gallardo went closest for the Americans, putting a close range shot over the bar after he was sent through on goal by a magnificent through ball from midfielder Luca de la Torre.

Gallardo made amends in the 53rd minute by firing the USA to a 1-0 lead. Winger Pierre Da Silva sent in a low cross from the left wing that Gallardo brought down with a neat trap before rounding two defenders and slipping a shot past Turkey goalkeeper Mehmet Aşcı.

Two minutes later Wright doubled the USA’s lead. Attacking midfielder Christian Pulisic emerged from a scrum in the Turkey half with the ball and found Wright with breaking into the Turkey penalty area. The LA Galaxy product put his first shot right at Aşcı but made no mistake when the rebound landed at his feet, burying his second shot with authority.

Ibrahim Demirbag scored shortly thereafter for Turkey in the 57th minute to halve his team’s deficit, but the USA hung on comfortably over the final 20 minutes to raise the Aegean Cup.

- U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: United States U-17 98-99 Men’s National Team vs. Turkey
January 25th, 2014
2014 Mercedes-Benz Aegean Cup – Final
Manisa 19 Mayis Stadium
3:00pm GMT + 2

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                         0 2 2
Turkey                     0 1 1

USA Joe Gallardo (Pierre Da Silva) 53rd minute
USA Haji Wright 55th minute
Turkey Ibrahim Demirbag 58th minute

1-Will Pulisic; 3-Edwin Lara, 4-Alexis Velela, 5-Hugo Arellano, 2-Matthew Olosunde; 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.), 8-Luca De La Torre, 10-Christian Pulisc , 11-Pierre Da Silva (9-Elijah Rice, 65), 19-Joe Gallardo, 7-Haji Wright (16-Thomas McCabe, 70)
Subs Not Used: 12-Carlos Avilez, 13-John Nelson, 14-Logan Panchot, 18-Tanner Dieterich, 20-Nick Taitague

Head Coach: Richie Williams

Turkey: 12-Mehmet Asci; 8-Kadir Kaan Ozdemir (capt.) (3-Muhammet Selim Okur, 56), 14-Seydi Kayasoy, 4-Yusuf YalcinArslan, 13-Sait Oner; 11-Furkan Odemis (9-Mucahit Can Akcay, 62), 15-Atakan Ridvan Cankaya (16-Bugracan Kirmizitas, 56),10-Ibrahim Demirbag (17-Cengizhan Akgun, 72), 2-Resul Turkkalesi, 7-M. Haktan Karabulut (19-Muhammed Yesilyurt, 70); 18-Recep Eren Karabacak
Subs Not Used: 1-Anil Ozer, 6-Yigithan Guveli
Head Coach: Hakan Tecimer

Stats Summary: USA / Turkey

Misconduct Summary:
Turkey Yusuf Yalcin Arslan Caution 68th minute
USA Matt Olosunde Caution 78th minute
Turkey Recep Eren Karabacak Caution 80th minute
USA Edwin Lara Caution 80th minute
USA Will Pulisic Caution 80th minute

Referee Tolga Kadaz
Assistant Referee Serdar Mersinli
Assistant Referee Gokhan Ozkan
4th official Kerim Uzun

**PLEASE NOTE –Game was 80 minutes**