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U-17 MNT Closes Out Vaclav Jezek Tournament with 2-1 Win Against Ukraine

HLINSKO; Czech Republic (Aug. 22, 2015) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team closed out its run in the Vaclav Jezek tournament with a win against Ukraine.

Ukraine found the net first, but the U.S. came from behind with a pair of second half goals from Christian Pulisic and Joe Gallardo.

The U-17’s now return to the USA where they will continue preparation for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile. The USA opens group play against Nigeria on Oct. 17 at 4 p.m. ET in Santiago, followed by Croatia on Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. ET in Vina Del Mar and Chile on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. ET in Vina Del Mar.

-U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team United vs. Ukraine
Date: Aug. 22, 2015
Competition: 22nd International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek
Venue: Hlinsko; Czech Republic
Kickoff: 11 a.m. local
Weather: 65 degrees

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

UKR-Akhmed Alibekov (Penalty)                 42 minute
USA-Christian Pulisic (Josh Perez)                63
USA-Joe Gallardo (Christian Pulisic)             81                       

USA: 12-Kevin Silva; 2-Alexis Velela (3-John Nelson, 59), 5-Daniel Barbir, 14-Tanner Dieterich, 13-Reginald Cannon; 16-Tommy McCabe, 6-Tyler Adams (8-Luca de la Torre, 59), 18-Eric Calvillo (capt.)(10-Christian Pulisic, 59); 7-Josh Perez (20-Alejandro Zendejas, 75), 17-Haji Wright, 19-Joe Gallardo
Subs Not Used: 1-Will Pulisic, 4-Hugo Arellano, 9-Brandon Vazquez, 11-Pierre Da Silva, 15-Auston Trusty
Head Coach: Richie Williams  

UKR: 23-Yaroslav Herasymenko (1-Vadym Shevchuk, 46); 2-Dmytro Bondar, 3-Mykyta Velychenko, 15-Stanislav Hudz 4-Yevhen Korochov (10-Roman Vantukh, 34); 6-Vladyslav Dubinchak (14-Ivan Antoniuk, 71), 9-Akhmed Alibekov (capt.), 7-Ivan Kaliuzhnyi; 11-Nazariy Rusyn, 8-Artem Kozak, 16-Yurii Zavinskyi
Subs Not Used: 5-Ruslan Marushka, 13-Mykola Shaparenko
Head Coach: Volodymyr Tsytkin

Misconduct Summary:
UKR-Vladyslav Dubinchak (Caution)             58th minute
UKR-Dmytro Bondar (Caution)                      87
USA-Alejandro Zendejas (Caution)                87
USA-Haji Wright (Caution)                             91       

Referee: Kotyza Vaclav
Referee 2: David Benes
Referee 3: Jaroslav Bednar

U-17 MNT Concludes Vaclav Jezek Tournament Group Play with 1-1 Draw Against Slovakia

SVITAVY, Czech Republic (Aug. 21, 2015) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team wrapped up group play at the Vaclav Jezek Tournament with a 1-1 draw against Slovakia.

Slovakia got off to the better start, going on the attack early and converting for the game’s opening goal in the 30th minute. The U.S. response was strong, as the team fortified its defensive efforts and countered with well-structured attacks of its own. In the 70th minute, a foul against the U-17’s set up with a free kick from 35 yards out. Christian Pulisic lined up to take it and whipped a strong cross into the box. Center back Auston Trusty out-jumped the Slovakia defenders and headed in for the game tying goal.

With the draw, the U-17’s group record moves to 0-1-2 in the tournament. The team advances on to play Ukraine on Saturday, Aug. 22.

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

Match: United States U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Slovakia
Date: Aug. 21, 2015
Competition: 22nd International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek
Venue: Zivanice; Czech Republic
Kickoff: 9 a.m. ET (5 p.m. local)
Weather: 65 degrees

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

SVK-Christian Herc                                            30th minute
USA-Auston Trusty (Christian Pulisic)               71                       

USA: 1-Will Pulisic; 3-John Nelson, 15-Auston Trusty, 4-Hugo Arellano, 2-Alexis Velela (18-Eric Calvillo, 46); 6-Tyler Adams, 20-Alejandro Zendejas, 8-Luca de la Torre; 11-Pierre Da Silva (7-Josh Perez, 71), 9-Brandon Vazquez (17-Haji Wright, 62), 10-Christian Pulisic
Subs Not Used:, 5-Daniel Barbir, 12-Kevin Silva, 13-Reginald Cannon,14-Tanner Dieterich, 16-Tommy McCabe,19-Joe Gallardo
Head Coach: Richie Williams  

SVK: 12-Benjamin Szaraz; 15-Denis Nemcek, 4-Matej Oravec, 6-Martin Sulek, 13-Branislav Susolik; 10-Christian Herc (19-Daniel Dubec, 71), 16-Peter Varga, 2-Kamil Jasurek (9-Filip Modorosi, 60), 7-Simon Stefanec (8-Kevin Kele, 46), 5-Kristian Vallo (17-Martin Adamec, 46); 11-Lubomir Tupta
Subs Not Used: 1-Samuel Vavrus, 3-Timotej Jancek, 14-Milan Kvocera, 18-Viktor Jedinak, 20-Filip Bango
Head Coach: Milan Malatinsky

Misconduct Summary:
USA-Eric Calvillo (Caution)                     77th minute           

Head Referee: Vodrazka Dan
Referee 1: Braun Martin
Referee 2: Hojsik Petr

Williams Names Roster for U-17 Vaclav Jezek Youth Tournament in Czech Republic

CHICAGO (Aug. 13, 2015) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has named a 20-player roster that will head to Pardubice, Czech Republic, for the 2015 U-17 International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek, which runs from Aug. 14-22.

The U-17’s begin play on Tuesday, Aug. 18, when they face Russia. The team will play again the following day on Aug. 19 against Slovenia and will conclude group play on Aug. 21 against Slovakia. The opponent for a final placement game, which will be played on Saturday, Aug. 22, will be determined following the conclusion of group play.

The U.S. competed with its U-18 team in this tournament a year ago, and defeated Ukraine 1-0 to take the title.

The trip will serve as part of the U-17’s continued preparation for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile, where the team has been grouped with Nigeria, Croatia and Chile. The USA kicks off with the first game of that tournament on Oct. 17.

Nineteen players on the roster have ties to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (2):  William Pulisic (Richmond United; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (7): Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Danny Barbir (West Bromwich Albion; Allentown, Pa.), Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake Academy; Nashville, Tenn.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.),  Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union Academy; Media, Pa.), Alexis Velela (New York Cosmos; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls II; Wappinger Falls, N.Y.), Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Luca de la Torre (Fulham; San Diego, Calif.), Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy; South Orange, N.J.), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund; Hershey, Pa.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (5): Pierre da Silva (Orlando City SC Academy; Port Chester, N.Y.), Joe Gallardo (C.F. Monterrey; San Diego, Calif.), Josh Perez (Unattached; La Habra, Calif.), Brandon Vazquez (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Haji Wright (New York Cosmos; Los Angeles, Calif.)

Photo Gallery: U-17 MNT Celebrates Claiming World Cup Berth

Photos from the U.S. U-17 MNT's dramatic playoff win against Jamaica, 5-4 on penalty kicks, to claim a berth at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile this October. 

U-17 MNT Qualify for 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup with Penalty Kick Defeat of Jamaica

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (March 15, 2015) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team is headed to the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup after beating Jamaica 5-4 in a penalty-kick shootout in the final 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship playoff match at Estadio Francisco Morazán. The game was decided by penalty kicks after the end of a goalless regulation period against the Caribbean nation.

Throughout the match, the U.S. dominated possession and largely dictated the run of play. Despite being the more aggressive team, the USA was unable to find the back of the net through 90 minutes, as Jamaica escaped a handful of dangerous U.S. chances.

Per the tournament regulations, no extra time period was held and the match moved immediately to penalty kicks, where the U.S. had to overcome seeing its first shot taker, Christian Pulisic, denied by Jamaica goalkeeper Jahmali Waite. The next five penalty takers: Joe Gallardo, Danny Barbir, Alejandro Zendejas, John Nelson and Alexis Velela scored for the USA, which took a lead into the sixth round of the shootout thanks to Jamaica’s second shooter Jahwani Hinds sailing his shot over the bar. With all the pressure on Jamaica after Velela gave the USA a 5-4 lead in the first sudden death round of the shootout, Alex Marshall sent his shot wide left of the goal and the USA claimed the all-important victory.

In the day’s other semifinal – a rematch of Group B contestants Canada and Costa Rica – the Ticos seized CONCACAF’s third berth to the U-17 World Cup with a 3-0 win, flipping the group stage result between the two teams when Canada won 3-2 in dramatic fashion late in the match. Later on Sunday, Mexico and tournament host Honduras, both of whom secured the confederation’s two automatic World Cup berths by virtue of winning their respective groups, meet to crown the champion of the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship.

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
JAM – Jahmali Waite, 37th minute: The U.S. regained the upper hand at the 30-minute mark after Jamaica had gained a slight foothold in the match. A free kick by Christian Pulisic created a scramble in front of the Jamaica goal as three separate USA chances were blocked. U.S. forward Haji Wright sent the ball across the goalmouth from the by-line with Waite making a diving punch to knock it away. However, the loose ball fell to U.S. midfielder Tyler Adams whose goal-bound shot was blocked by a Jamaica defender. The USA’s Josh Perez seized on the rebound, but also saw his shot blocked as Jamaica had 10 players packed in its own penalty area. 

JAM – Jahmali Waite, 74th minute: The U.S. continued to dominate the run of play and possession in the second half and was able to carve out a pair of chances on goal through Josh Perez. A long-range drive from Perez was corralled by Waite midway through the half. Moments later, the Jamaica goalkeeper found himself in no-man’s land faced with a one-v-one against the U.S. winger. Despite the goal left wide open, Perez was unable to chip Waite, who backpedaled quickly after cutting off his charge, and was able to pluck Perez’s shot from the air.

JAM – Jahmali Waite, (Penalty Shootout): Christian Pulisic stepped as the first kick-taker for the USA in the shootout. The attacking midfielder sent a shot toward the left hand side of the goal, but Waite got down quickly to push the shot away and give Jamaica an early edge in the shootout.

Next on the Schedule:
The U-17 MNT begins preparation for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile. Much of the team will return to Residency at the IMG Sports complex in Bradenton, Florida, while the remaining players will return to their club teams.
Broadcast information: None.
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt; @ussoccer_esp)

Additional Notes:

  • The U-17 MNT is 6-2-2 in international play this year.
  • The USA moved to 3-2-2 all-time against Jamaica in this tournament’s history.
  • With the win, the USA qualifies the FIFA U-17 World Cup for the first time since 2011, and its 15th World Cup overall at this age level.
  • Head coach Richie Williams sent out his starting lineup in a 4-3-3 formation, anchored by goalkeeper Will Pulisic and a defensive line of Matthew Olosunde at right back, John Nelson at left back and center backs Alexis Velela and Danny Barbir. W. Pulisic and Olosunde have started in every qualifying match, while Barbir started his second game after Hugo Arellano was suspended for the match due to caution accumulation.
  • The midfield trio featured Tyler Adams pushed up into a defensive midfield roll after playing at left back for the majority of the USA’s last game against Jamaica. Alejandro Zendejas was slotted alongside Adams, while Christian Pulisic continued in his normal attacking role.
  • Zendejas donned the captain’s armband, becoming the third player for the U.S. to do so in the tournament. Hugo Arellano served as captain in four matches, while Eric Calvillo was named captain for the USA’s game against Guatemala.
  • Up front, Joe Gallardo returned to the starting XI as the team’s center forward while Haji Wright continued on the left wing and Josh Perez on the right. All three players earned their fifth starts in six qualifying games.
  • With just under 10 minutes remaining, midfielder Luca de la Torre entered the match for Josh Perez. It was de la Torre’s sixth appearance at the tournament and the first time he came off the bench for the U.S. since its opening match against Cuba.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Jamaica U-17 Men’s National Team
Date: March 15, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship; Playoff
Venue: Estadio Francisco Morazan
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET (5 p.m. Local)
Attendance: TBA
Weather: 84 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F          PKs
USA                            0          0          0          5
JAM                           0          0          0          4

Penalty Summary:
USA – Christian Pulisic (saved), Joe Gallardo (goal), Danny Barbir (goal), Alejandro Zendejas (goal), John Nelson (goal), Alexis Velela (goal)
JAM – Nicholas Nelson (goal), Jahwani Hinds (missed), Jahlanie Hammond (goal), Shandel Senior (goal), Ajeanie Talbott (goal), Alex Marshall (missed)

USA: 1-Will Pulisic, 2-Matthew Olosunde, 4-Alexis Velela, 15-Danny Barbir, 3-John Nelson; 18-Tyler Adams, Alejandro Zendejas (Capt.), 10-Christian Pulisic, 7-Haji Wright, 9-Joe Gallardo, 11-Josh Perez (8-Luca de la Torre, 81)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Kevin Silva, 6-Eric Calvillo, 13-McKinze Gaines, 14-Tanner Dieterich, 16-Tommy McCabe, 17-Pierre Da Silva, 19-Brandon Vazquez
Head coach: Richie Williams

JAM: 13-Jahmali Waite, 2-Javian Brown, 4-Shandel Senior (Capt.), 5-Jahwani Hinds, 6-Fabian Grant, 7-Peter Vassell (3-Donovan Dawkins, 59), 8-Tajea Brown (16-Jahlanie Hammond, 88), 9-Nicholas Nelson, 11-Zaire Bartley (10-Alex Marshall, 46), 17-Ajeanie Talbott, 19-Nathaniel Adamolekun
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Akeem Chambers, 12-Antoniel Mullings, 14-Hakim Williams, 15-Deshane Beckford, 18-Chris-Andrew Dixon, 20-Demar James
Head coach: Andrew Edwards

Stats Summary: USA / JAM
Shots: 17 / 4
Shots on Goal: 8 / 1
Saves: 1 / 8
Corner Kicks: 9 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 9
Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Haji Wright (caution)   70th minute
USA – Alexis Velela (caution)            83
JAM – Tajea Brown (caution) 88

Referee: Oscar Moncada (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Omar Leiva (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Diaz (GUA)
Fourth Official: Mario Escobar (GUA) Man of the Match: Alejandro Zendejas

Under-17s: In 2013, Pulisic earned six caps and recorded a goal and two assists. His goal capped off the scoring in a dominant 4-1 victory against Brazil on Dec. 13 at the 2013 Nike International Friendlies, where the U-17 MNT earned the title and Pulisic earned tournament MVP honors. In 2014, Pulisic was second on the U-17 MNT with 17 goals and tied for second with seven assists in international play. Pulisic scored three goals during the USA’s 6-0 win against China PR on Aug. 2 in the Copa Mexico de Naciones. He started in 17 of 21 games and logged 1,404 minutes. Pulisic was a nominee for 2014 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year. Pulisic is cousins with U-17 MNT goalkeeper Will Pulisic. … Under-15s: Pulisic played for the U-15 Boys’ National Team in 2012 and 2013.

Pulisic is a product of PA Classics, though his tenure in recent years was minimal because of his involvement with the U-17 Residency Program. In February of 2015, Pulisic officially joined German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, where he immediately had the opportunity to train with the first team under manager Jurgen Klopp.