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U.S. Under-17 MNT Roster Named for 2013 Nike International Friendlies


CHICAGO (Dec. 8, 2013) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams named a 20-player roster to face Brazil, England and Portugal during the 2013 Nike International Friendlies that will take place at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., from Dec. 9-15. All six matches will be streamed live on ussoccer.com. Live updates will also be provided on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

The U.S. opens against Portugal on Monday, Dec. 9, followed by England on Dec. 11 and concludes the Nike Friendlies against Brazil on Dec. 13. The USA matches kick off at 5 p.m. ET and will be preceded by the other two participating countries at 2 p.m. ET.

Fourteen players on the U.S. roster play for U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams, and five players formerly competed in the Academy.

Five U-17 MNT players represent MLS club academies, including Hugo Arellano (Chivas USA), George Braima (Crew Soccer Academy), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls), Haji Wright (LA Galaxy), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas). Luca de la Torre (Fulham) and Joe Gallardo (Monterrey) play for overseas clubs.

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): William Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (7): Hugo Arellano (Chivas USA Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Daniel Barbir (Unattached; Allentown, Pa.), George Braima (Crew Soccer Academy; Columbus, Ohio), 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 (6): 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 Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo), Brian Zelaya (De Anza Force; San Mateo, Calif.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (5): Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club; Port Chester, N.Y.), Joe Gallardo (Monterrey FC; San Diego, Calif.), Joshua Perez (unattached; La Habra, Calif.), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.), Haji Wright (LA Galaxy Academy; Los Angeles, Calif.)


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