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Thirty Eight Players Called to U-17 MNT Camp

CHICAGO (July 4, 2014) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has called 38 players to a training camp that will take place from July 5-12 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California.

The large camp will help Williams and his staff determine the rosters for a pair of upcoming international tournaments set to run from the end of July into August in Denmark and Mexico, respectively. The 2014 Nordic Open Cup Tournament in Kolding, Denmark, runs from July 24-Aug. 3, overlapping the third annual Copa de Mexico in Mexico City, the group stage of which will take place July 30-Aug. 11.

While in camp at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center, the U-17 MNT will train for the first four days before playing a pair of matches on July 9 – the first against Orange County Blue Stars at 10 a.m. PT and the second against Club Tijuana’s U-18 team at 5 p.m. PT. The players will also take in both FIFA World Cup semifinal matches on July 8 and 9 before finishing camp with two more friendly games on July 12; the first against Orange County Blue Stars will be at 10 a.m. PT and the second against the LA Galaxy Academy U-17/18s at 12:30 p.m. PT.

The camp roster includes 22 players currently enrolled in U.S. Soccer’s U-17 Residency program in Bradenton, Florida, and a handful of internationally-based players, including Monterrey FC (Mexico) duo Joe Gallardo and Jonathan Gonzalez, Vitesse (Netherlands) forward Kai Koreniuk, and Fiorentina (Italy) midfielder Josh Perez. The camp is the first with the U-17 program for Perez since December, when he helped the U.S. win the 2013 Nike International Friendlies. Additionally, it represents the first U.S. National Team call-up at any age level for Koreniuk.

Other players receiving their first National Team call-ups include: Francisco Contreras (Bathesda-Olney), Alejandro Lopez (Santa Cruz Breakers) and Miles Stray (Real Salt Lake Academy), while Keegan Kelly (Baltimore Celtic) and Mattias Tomasino (Kendall SC) are making just their second appearance at a YNT event.

The roster is primarily composed of players born in 1998 with the exception of six who were born in 1999. Five of the six ’99-born players are core pieces of the U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team, including: Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy), Lucas Del Rosario (Capital Area RailHawks Academy), McKay Eves (San Diego Surf), Gonzalez and Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy Academy); the sixth, Edwin Lara (De Anza Force), has been a consistent contributor with the U-17 program throughout the current cycle.

Thirty-one of the 38 players on the roster are registered with U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs.

U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team NTC Camp Schedule:
Date                Opponent                                            Time (PT)
July 9              vs. Orange County Blue Stars            10 a.m.
                        vs. Club Tijuana U-18s                       5 p.m.
July 12            vs. Orange County Blue Stars            10 a.m.
                        vs. LA Galaxy Academy                    12:30 p.m.

U.S. U-17 Men's National Team Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy Academy; Westminster, Calif.), William Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (12): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Hugo Arellano (Chivas USA Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Nikkye De Point (Revolution Empire; Rochester, N.Y.), Tanner Dieterich (TN Soccer Club; Nashville, Tenn.), McKay Eves (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Edwin Lara (De Anza Force; San Leandro, Calif.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), AJ Palazzolo (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallon, Mo.), Miles Stray (Real Salt Lake Academy; Point Reyes, Calif.), Mattias Tomasino (Kendall; Miami, Fla.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (12): George Braima (Crew Soccer Academy; Columbus, Ohio), Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Francisco Contreras (Bethesda-Olney; Fredrick, Md.), Jonathan Gonzalez (Monterrey FC; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Kyle Gurrieri (NJSA 04; Totowa, N.J.), Alejandro Lopez (Santa Cruz Breakers; Watsonville, Calif.), Thomas McCabe (PDA; South Orange, N.J.), Weston McKennie (FC Dallas Academy; Little Elm, Texas), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo.), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.), Brian Zelaya (De Anza Force; San Mateo, Calif.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (11): Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club; Port Chester, N.Y.), Lucas Del Rosario (Capital Area RailHawks Academy - CASL; Durham, N.C.), Ronaldo Escudero (Pateadores; Placentia, Calif.), McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Joe Gallardo (Monterrey FC; San Diego, Calif.), Keegan Kelly (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore), Kai Koreniuk (Vitesse; Ormond Beach, Fla.), Eric Matzelevich (Bethesda-Olney; Washington, D.C.), Josh Perez (ACF Fiorentina; La Habra, Calif.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.), Devin Vega (San Antonio Scorpions; San Antonio, Texas)


U.S. U-17 MNT Reaches Championship Match with Fast Start at Katalinski Tournament

SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina (April 5, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team has opportunity to play for a third consecutive international tournament title after defeating Montenegro 5-0 and tying Sarajevo Select 1-1 in its first two matches at the Josip Katalinski International Tournament.

The USA will play Bosnia and Herzegovina in the tournament championship on Sunday after Montenegro ended Sarajevo Select’s chances of reaching the title game by defeating the home-town team 3-0.

In the opening match against Montenegro, the U-17’s were spearheaded by LA Galaxy forward Haji Wright and PA Classics playmaker Christian Pulisic. Wright, who won the Golden Boot award at December’s Nike International Friendlies in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., scored a hat trick inside the opening half hour with Pulisic assisting in both the 15th and 29th minutes.

Between those strikes, midfielder Pierre Da Silva set up Wright for his second in the 17th minute before feeding his strike partner Joe Gallardo in the 21st. Wright finished off the scoring with his fourth and the USA’s fifth goal in the 53rd minute of the second half.

The second match against Sarajevo was a much tighter affair. The USA fell behind to an early strike by Nikola Popovac in the 39th minute and needed a late equalizer from FC Dallas product Alejandro Zendejas to secure what proved a crucial point.

After the tournament concludes, the U-17 MNT will fly to Zagreb, Croatia, for a pair of friendly matches against the Croatia U-17 national team on April 8 and 10.

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

Match: United States U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Montenegro
Date:
April 3, 2014
Competition:
Josip Katalinski International Tournament
Venue:
Stadion Otoka
Kickoff:
4 p.m. (local)
Weather:
60 degree, partly cloudy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                         4 1 5
MNE                        0 0 0

USA                         Haji Wright (Christian Pulisic) 15th minute
USA                         Haji Wright (Pierre Da Silva) 17
USA                         Joe Gallardo (Pierre Da Silva) 21
USA                         Haji Wright (Christian Pulisic) 29
USA                         Haji Wright (Elijah Rice) 53

Lineups:
USA:
1- Kevin Silva; 3- Edwin Lara, 5- Hugo Arellano (17- Daniel Barbir, 60), 4- Alexis Velela (15- Tanner Dieterich, 60), Matt Olosunde; 6- Eric Calvillo, 8- Luca De La Torre (16- Thomas McCabe, 60), 10- Christian Pulisic (20- Alejandro Zendejas, 60); 11- Pierre Da Silva (23- Weston McKennie, 67) , 9- Joe Gallardo (19- Elijah Rice), 7- Haji Wright (21- McKinze Gaines, 60)
Subs Not Used
: 12- William Pulisic, 13- John Nelson, 14- Tyler Adams, 18- George Braima
Head Coach: Richie Williams

MNE: 1-Matija Gligorovi (12-Lazar Carevic, 86); 6-Jovan Jablan (3-Kostadin Mikic, 41), 5-Yannick Filipovic (16-Gian Luca Kasumovic, 86), 4-Balsa Banovic, 11-Emrah Krnic; 9-Balsa Goranovic (17-Llija Vukotic, 86), 10-Marko Burzanovic (15-Cristian Hadziosmanovic, 67), 2-Vojin Manojlovic (20-Luka Malesevic, 21),7-Danilo Markovic (18-Nikola Dukic, 57), 13-Alija Krnic (8-Aleksandar Brezanin, 57); 14-Andrija Cosovic (19-Filip Vorotovic, 41)
Subs Not Used
:
Head Coach: Boris Ljutica

Stats Summary: USA / Montenegro

Misconduct Summary:

Officials:

**PLEASE NOTE –Game was 80 minutes**

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

Match: United States U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Sarajevo Select
Date:
April 4, 2014
Competition:
Josip Katalinski International Tournament
Venue:
Stadion Otoka
Kickoff:
11 a.m. (local)
Weather:
60 degrees, partly cloudy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                         0 1 1
Sarajevo Select        1 0 1

Sarajevo Select        Nikola Popovac 39th minute
USA                         Alex Zendejas (Christian Pulisic) 71

Lineups:

USA: 12- Will Pulisic; 13-John Nelson, 17-Daniel Barbir, 15-Tanner Dieterich, 14-Tyler Adams; 16-Tommy McCabe, 18-George Braima (10-Christian Pulisic, 51), 23-Weston McKennie (11-Pierre Da Silva, 51); 21-McKinze Gaines (7-Haji Wright, 41), 19-Elijah Rice (2-Matt Olosunde, 51), 20-Alex Zendejas
Subs Not Used: 1-Kevin Silva, 3-Edwin Lara, 4-Alexis Velela, 5-Hugo Arellano, 6-Eric Calvillo, 8-Luca De La Torre, 9-Joe Gallardo
Head Coach: Richie Williams

Sarajevo Select: 1-Enis Isovic; 3-Selmir Pidro, 6-Amer Hadzic, 5-Tarik Mostarlic, 2-Mufid Salcinovic; 17-Benjamin Sehic (15-Milos Planic, 72), 4-Haris Hajdarevic, 7-Armin Bijedic (10-Semir Smajlagic, 54), 11-Milan Kanostrevac (14-Nikola Bjelos, 61), 18-Dzevad Pracic; 9-Nikola Popovac
Subs Not Used: 8-Lazar Babic, 12-Marko Terzic, 13-Dejan Kljaic, 16-Bojan Tausan

Head Coach: Zoran Erbez

Stats Summary: USA / Sarajevo Select

Misconduct Summary:

Officials:

**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 80 minutes**

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).

U.S. U-17 MNT SCHEDULE:
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

U.S. U-17 MNT ROSTER BY POSITION
:
GOALKEEPERS (2)
: William Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (7)
: 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.)
MIDFIELDERS (6)
: 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)
FORWARDS (5)
: 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
Date:
January 25th, 2014
Competition:
2014 Mercedes-Benz Aegean Cup – Final
Venue:
Manisa 19 Mayis Stadium
Kickoff:
3:00pm GMT + 2
Weather:
60

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

Lineups:
USA:
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

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

**PLEASE NOTE –Game was 80 minutes**

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