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U-17 MNT Begins Camp with Two Friendly Draws

CARSON, California (July 10, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team began a week-long training camp with a pair of scoring draws against Orange County Blue Stars and Club Tijuana’s U-17 team at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center on Wednesday.

With 38 players called into camp, U-17 MNT head coach Richie Williams was able to field separate lineups for the two matches, both of which saw the U.S. come from behind to secure a result.

In the first game of the day against Orange County Blue Stars, a scoreless first half gave way to four-goal outburst in the second 40 minutes, with defender Logan Panchot and midfielder Christian Pulisic hauling the U.S. level after it had given up the first two goals of the game early in the half.

The U.S. went behind to Club Tijuana’s U-17 squad late in the first half of the day’s second game, but Eric Matzelevich’s 51st-minute strike handed the U-17 MNT a well-earned draw.

After featuring as second-half substitutes in the U-17s’ opening match against the Blue Stars, forwards Kai Koreniuk and McKinze Gaines started up top for the U.S. against Club Tijuana – the only two players to see action in both of the day’s games.

The U-17 MNT is scheduled to play a second pair of friendly matches on Saturday against Orange County Blue Stars’ PDL side and the LA Galaxy Academy U-17/18 squad. The team’s 38-player training camp at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California, is the last for Williams and his staff to evaluate players before separate U-17 Men’s National Teams participate in the Nordic Cup in Denmark and the Copa de Mexico in Mexico City, respectively.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 98-99 MNT vs. Orange County Blue Stars
Date: July 9, 2014
Competition: Domestic Friendly
Venue: Stubhub Center; Carson, California
Kickoff: 10 a.m. PT
Weather: 85, sunny

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

OCBS - Seung Ju Kim                                       42nd minute
OCBS - Sebastian Frings                                   50
USA - Logan Panchot                                        51
USA - Christian Pulisic (Kai Koreniuk)                 76

USA: 1-Kevin Silva; 14-John Nelson, 5-Tanner Dieterich, 3-Alexis Velela, 13-Logan Panchot; 6-Eric Calvillo, 8-Alejandro Zendejas, 10-Christian Pulisic; 20-Pierre Da Silva (9-Kai Koreniuk, 67), 35-Joe Gallardo (29-McKinze Gaines, 62), 17-Josh Perez
Head Coach: Richie Williams

OCBS: 24-Aaron Perez; 20-Christopher Santana, 3-Charlie Pettys, 5-Brenton Griffiths, 29-Siavash Haghnazari (21-Sebastian Frings, 41); 28-Dersu Abolfathi, 26-Jacob Barron,14-Seunk Kim (23-Andrew Hoxie, 73) , 27-Mohammad Roknipour (19-Farzam Ghasemian, 62); 23-Andrew Hoxie (11-Syon Yeremian, 66), 25-Isaac Kissi (17-Victor Chavez, 35 (9-Jung Choi, 53))
Head Coach: Daryuosh Yazdani

Stats Summary: USA / OCBS


**PLEASE NOTE –Game was 80 minutes**

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

Match: U.S. U-17 98-99 MNT vs. Club Tijuana U-17s
Date: July 9, 2014
USSF NTC; Carson, California
5 p.m. PT
75, sunny 

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

Tijuana              Juan Rodriguez             37th minute
USA                  Eric Matzelevich            51        

USA: 12-Will Pulisic (22-Eric Lopez, 46); 23-Edwin Lara, 2-Nikkye De Point (McKay Eves, 46), 21-AJ Palazzolo (39-Mattias Tomasino, 46), 19-George Braima; 26-Tommy McCabe (30-Jonathan Gonzalez, 46), 25-Kyle Gurrieri (27-Brian Zelaya, 46), 28-Weston McKennie (37-Francisco Contreras, 46); 33-Lucas Del Rosario (18-Devin Vega, 46), 9-Kai Koreniuk (7-Eric Matzelevich, 46), 29-McKinze Gaines (36-Keegan Kelly, 46)
Head Coach: Richie Williams

TIJUANA: 126-Samuel Valazquez (86-Jorge Salazar, 65); 156-Jonathan Esparza (161-Hector Noriega, 59), 186-Aaron Sicairios (84-Omar Escobar, 83), 196-Angel Uribe, 91-David Chavez (81-Kevin Ochoa, 72); 182-Carlo Ivan, 194-Ernesto Espinoza (193-Daniel Gonzales, 63), 188-Cristoc Camacho; 195-Jesus E. Niguas (20-Luis Fuentes, 69), 187-Juan Rodriguez, 165-Edson Chaves (151-Ricardo Angulo, 77)
Head Coach:

Stats Summary: USA / Tijuana

Misconduct Summary:


**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 90 minutes**

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)