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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-17 MNT vs. Croatia: Highlights - Zagreb, Croatia

The U.S. Under-17 MNT brought down Croatia in a 1-0 nail-biter with the help of an early header by forward Elijah Rice.

U-17 MNT Tops Croatia in Pair of International Friendlies

ZAGREB, Croatia (April 11, 2014) - The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team recorded two 1-0 victories against the Croatia U-17 national team to cap off its latest trip to Eastern Europe, stretching its current unbeaten streak in international competition to 11 matches in the process.

Fresh off winning the Josip Katalinski International Tournament in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina, forward Elijah Rice grabbed the winning goal in the 16th minute of the U-17 MNT's first game against Croatia on  April 8. The goal, Rice's second of the current cycle against international competition, was set up by defender Tanner Dietrich.

In the USA's second meeting with Croatia on April 10, defender Eric Calvillo assisted Christian Pulisic's 44th-minute match-winner, while goalkeeper Kevin Silva helped the defense earn a second straight clean sheet and third in five matches on the trip. Silva was also in goal for the U-17 MNT's 5-0 win against Montenegro to open the Josip Katalinski Tournament seven days prior. 

Pulisic finished the trip as the team's second leading goal-scorer from his midfield position with four tallies, while forward Haji Wright netted seven, including four in the win against Montenegro.

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

Match: United States U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Croatia
Date:
April 8, 2014
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue:
Stadium SRC Zapresic
Kickoff:
4:30 p.m. UTC1 (10:30 a.m. ET)
Weather:
60 degrees, partly cloudy

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

USA – Elijah Rice (Tanner Dieterich)        16th minute

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

Head Coach: Richie Williams

CRO: 1- Ivan Nevistic;  3- Matej Hedecek, 6- Vinko Soldo (14- Marin Karamarko, 70), 5- Maksim Olujic, 2- Marko Prugovecki; 4- Borna Borovec, 8- Luka Pasaricek, 10- Neven Durasek (16- Adrian Zenko, 41); 7- Josip Brekalo, 9- Karlo Igor Majic (20- Ivan Markota, 41), 11- Davor Lovren
Subs Not Used
: 12- Adrian Semper, 13- Silvio Malkoc, 15- Ivan Blatancic, 17- Ivan Delic, 18- Petar Rubic, 19- Zdravko Simonovic
Head Coach:
Luka Pavlovic

Stats Summary: USA / CRO
n/a

Misconduct Summary:
CRO – Vinko Soldo (caution)                    24th minute
CRO – Marko Prugovecki (caution)         42
CRO – Matej Hudecek (caution)              53
CRO – Maksim Olujic (caution)                 79

Officials:
Referee: Marko Matoc
Assistant Referee 1: Jerko Crncic
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Meic
Fourth Official: Tomislav Bionda

**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. Croatia
Date:
April 10, 2014
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue
GNK Dinamo (Field #3)
Kickoff:
4:30 p.m. UTC1 (10:30 a.m. ET)
Weather:
60 degrees, sunny

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

USA – Christian Pulisic (Eric Calvillo)       43rd minute

Lineups:
USA:
1-Kevin Silva; 3-Edwin Lara (17-Danny Barbir, 56), 5-Hugo Arellano, 4-Alexis Velela, 2-Matt Olosunde; 6-Eric Calvillo, 8-Luca De La Torre, 10-Christian Pulisic; 21-McKinze Gaines, 7-Haji Wright, 20-Alex Zendejas
Subs not used:9-Joe Gallardo, 11-Pierre Da Silva, 12-Will Pulisic, 13-John Nelson, 14-Tyler Adams, 15-Tanner Dieterich, 16-Thomas McCabe, 18-George Braima, 19-Elijah Rice, 23-Weston McKennie

Head Coach: Richie Williams

CRO: 1-Adrian Semper; 3-Matej Hudecek, 6-Vinko Soldo, 5-Maksim Olujic, 2-Marko Prugovecki (19-Zdravko Simonovic, 70); 4-Borna Borovec (17-Ivan Delic, 78), 8-Luka Pasaricek (15-Ivan Blatancic, 70), 10-Adrian Zenko; 7-Josip Brekalo, 9-Nikola Moro (16-Karlo Igor Majic, 56), 11-Davor Lovren (13-Silvio Malkoc , 56)
Subs Not Used: 12-Ivan Nevistic, 14-Marin Karamarko, 18-Petar Rubic, 20-Ivan Markota, 21-Neven Durasek

Head Coach:
Luka Pavlovic

Stats Summary: USA / CRO
n/a 

Misconduct Summary:
CRO – Borna Borovec (caution)                 61st minute
USA – McKinze Gaines (caution)               64
USA – Eric Calvillo (caution)                       76

Officials:
Referee: Fran Jovic
Assistant Referee 1: Dario Vrabec
Assistant Referee 2: Krunoslav Ambrinac
Fourth Official: Davor Bertol 

**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.)

U17 MNT vs Norway Highlights Jan 21 2014

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team continued its sterling start at the 2014 Aegean Cup by defeating Norway 5-2 to book its place in the tournament’s championship match.
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