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U-17 MNT Blanks Canada at Panama Tournament

PANAMA CITY, Panama (Oct. 3, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team scored a goal in each half and shut out Canada 2-0 in the four-team Panama U-17 International Tournament. Alejandro Zendejas and Haji Wright each scored a goal, both assisted by Pierre Da Silva.

Zendejas wasted little time giving the USA a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute with a strong dribble past three Canada defenders in the left side of the box and shooting to the far right corner of the frame.

The score stayed that way until the 69th minute when Da Silva took a left-footed corner kick on the right side and whipped the ball into the six-yard box to Wright. The USA striker headed it home for the two-goal lead. Wright now has four goals in this tournament and a team-leading 15 this year in international matches.

The U.S. wraps up the tournament on Sunday, Oct. 5, against host Panama.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Canada
Date: Oct. 3, 2014
Competition: International Tournament Sub-17
Venue: Maracana Stadium
Kickoff: 6 p.m. local
Weather: 85 degrees

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

USA – Alejandro Zendejas (Pierre Da Silva)  6th minute
USA – Haji Wright (Pierre Da Silva)              69 minute

Lineups:
USA: 12-William Pulisic; 13-Tyler Adams, 14-Daniel Barbir, 15-Tanner Dieterich, 2-Matt Olosunde (3-John Nelson, 46); 16-Tommy McCabe, 9-Alejandro Zendejas (capt.) (10-Christian Pulisic, 46), 20-Keegan Kelly (8-Luca de la Torre, 62); 18-Pierre Da Silva, 19-Elijah Rice (7-Haji Wright, 62), 17-McKinze Gaines (11-Josh Perez, 71)
Subs Not Used: 1-Kevin Silva, 4-Alexis Velela, 5-Hugo Arellano, 6-Eric Calvillo
Head Coach: Richie Williams

CAN: 18-Matthew Nogueira; 7-Andrew Dias,10-Matthew Baldisimo, 15-Julian Takagi-Stewart, 6-Kadin Chung; 12-Terran Campbell (2-Tristan Borges, 78), 14-David Norman (8-Luca Ricci, 71), 9-Munir Saleh, 5-Gabriel Boakye; 4-Malik Johnson, 19-Kevin Timachy (20-Duwayne Ewart, 66)
Subs Not Used: 1-Brogan Engbers, 11-Kosaovar Sadiki, 13-Jordan Montoya, 16-Daniel Sagno
Head Coach: Sean Fleming

Misconduct Summary:
CAN – Gabriel Boakye (caution)    29th minute
USA – Keegan Kelly (caution)       45
CAN – David Norman (caution)     59

Officials:
Referee: John Pitti
Assistant Referee 1: Ronald Bruna
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Victoria
Fourth Official: Rolando Vidal

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.)

Williams Names 28 Players to U.S. U-17 Men's National Team 2014 Spring Residency Roster

CHICAGO (Jan. 7, 2014) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has invited 28 players to the 2014 Spring Semester of the U.S. U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla.

Twenty-one players return from the 2013 Fall Semester Residency roster and are joined by new additions in McKenzie Gaines, Eric Matzelevich, AJ Palazzolo, Raheem Taylor-Parkes and Jaret Townsend, as well as U-15 Boys’ National Team midfielder Jose Carranza and goalkeeper Eric Lopez.

In 2015, the U.S. 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. 

“We are very excited about the group of players that we brought in this semester,” said Williams. “We feel very confident in this group that will provide us with 20 players to go on to World Cup qualifying and hopefully through a successful World Cup qualifying campaign to lead us to next year’s World Cup.”

The players in Bradenton represent 22 U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs. FC Dallas Academy, LA Galaxy Academy, Players Development Academy and St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri lead the way with two players apiece.

Fifteen players were part of the U-17 MNT that took first place at the recent Nike International Friendlies, including tournament MVP Christian Pulisic, Golden Boot winner Haji Wright and Golden Glove award winner Kevin Silva.

The U.S. players live on campus at the IMG Academies in Bradenton and train in the morning under the guidance of Williams and his 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. team not only trains daily, but also has access to the IMG Academies facilities. The team regularly uses the state-of-the-art strength-training facilities, as well as brand new dormitories and meal rooms.

Beginning in 1999, the Residency Program has given players the opportunity to move up the ladder in the world of soccer where many have become professionals in Major League Soccer or with some of the biggest clubs in Europe. Players such as Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Landon Donovan and Eddie Johnson have gone on to carve out careers with the full U.S. Men’s National Team. The program in Bradenton provides players with an environment where they can prosper as individual players and come together as a team ahead of regional and world competition.

U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy Academy; Westminster, Calif.), Will Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (8): Hugo Arellano (Chivas USA Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), George Braima (Crew Soccer Academy; Columbus, Ohio), Nikkye De Point (Revolution Empire; Rochester, N.Y.), Tanner Dieterich (TN Soccer Club; Nashville, Tenn.), 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.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Jose Carranza (D.C. United Academy; Manassas, Va.), Kyle Gurrieri (NJSA 04; Totowa, N.J.), 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.), Jaret Townsend (Real Colorado; Highlands Park, Colo.), Devin Vega (San Antonio Scorpions; San Antonio, Texas), Brian Zelaya (De Anza Force; San Mateo, Calif.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (7): Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club; Port Chester, N.Y.), McKenzie Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.), Eric Matzelevich (Bethesda-Olney; Washington; D.C.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.), Raheem Taylor-Parkes (Philadelphia Union Academy; Wesley Chapel, Fla.), Haji Wright (LA Galaxy Academy; Los Angeles, Calif.)

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