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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.)

Williams Calls 20 Players for U.S. U-17 MNT Trip to Turkey

CHICAGO (Jan. 15, 2014) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has selected a 20-player roster for the Aegean Cup, which runs from Jan. 20-25 in Manisa, Turkey.

The USA has been placed into Group B with Norway and Scotland, as well as perennial attendee and reigning champion France. Host Turkey, Azerbaijan, Greece and Ukraine comprise Group A. The two group winners will play in the championship match on Saturday, Jan. 25, while the two group runners-up will meet the same day to decide third and fourth place, respectively.

The USA begins the tournament against France on Jan. 20, before facing Norway on Jan. 21 and Scotland on Jan. 23.

This is the third international tournament for this edition of the U-17 MNT. Previously, the team collected an unbeaten 1-0-2 record during a tour of Madrid, Spain, last October, and most recently won the Nike International Friendlies in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., by defeating Brazil 4-1 in its final match to claim a tournament-best 2-0-1 record.

All but two players on the roster, Pierre Da Silva and Tanner Dieterich, have ties to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Of the 15 players currently registered with Academy teams, four are members of MLS Academy sides – Hugo Arellano, Carlos Avilez, Matthew Olosunde and Haji Wright.

Additionally, U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team players Avilez and Nicholas Taitague have been called up and could see their first action with Williams’ U-17 side during the trip.

U.S. MNT ROSTER BY POSITION :
GOALKEEPERS (2): Carlos Avilez (FC Dallas Academy; Dallas, Texas), Will Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va.)
DEFENDERS (6): Hugo Arellano (Chivas USA Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Tanner Dieterich (unattached, Tenn.), Edwin Lara (unattached; 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 (7): Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Luca de la Torre (Fulham; San Diego, Calif.), Thomas McCabe (PDA; South Orange, N.J.), Logan Panchot (St. Louis, Mo.; St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.), Nicholas Taitague (Richmond Strikers; Midlothian, Va.), Devin Vega (San Antonio Scorpions; San Antonio, Texas)
FORWARDS (5): Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club; Port Chester, N.Y.), Orrin McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Joe Gallardo (Monterrey FC; San Diego, Calif.) Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.), Haji Wright (LA Galaxy Academy; Los Angeles, Calif.)

Additional Notes:

  • Eleven players on the tournament roster were teammates on the U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team that took third place at the Copa Mexico de Naciones last August under the guidance of head coach Richie Williams. The eleven players include: Hugo Arellano, Eric Calvillo, Joe Gallardo, Edwin Lara, John Nelson, Matthew Olosunde, Logan Panchot, Christian Pulisic, Nicholas Taitague, Alexis Velela and Haji Wright.
  • Thirteen players on the U.S. squad have been part of the U.S. Soccer Residency Program at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., since last autumn, not including forward McKinzie Gaines and defender John Nelson, who were added to the Residency roster this spring.
  • Nelson was previously included on the roster for the U.S. U-17 MNT’s tour of Madrid last October and for the Nike International Friendlies this past December.
  • This will be the first international tournament with the U-17 MNT for Gaines, forward Elijah Rice and midfielder Devin Vega. Rice and Vega have been in Residency with U.S. Soccer since last September when the current U-17 cycle began.
  • Haji Wright has been in superb form for the U-17 MNT. The LA Galaxy Academy forward scored eight goals in six games (five starts) during the Americans’ two previous international tournaments this cycle. Strike partner Joe Gallardo has also done well, notching six goals in six appearances (four starts). Both strikers also netted a goal apiece in the first of back-to-back friendlies with the Canada U-17 national team in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., last November.

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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