U.S. U-17 MNT Head Coach Richie Williams Names Rosters for Nordic Tournament and Copa Mexico
18-Player Roster Representing USA in Denmark Starting July 28; 20-Player Group Named to Third Copa Mexico de Naciones, Which Begins Aug. 2 in Mexico City
CHICAGO (July 22, 2014) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has named two rosters for the upcoming Open Nordic Tournament starting July 28 in Kolding, Denmark, and the third Copa Mexico de Naciones, which kicks off Aug. 2 in Mexico City.
An 18-player group will represent the United States in Denmark, with the tournament kicking off July 28 against host Denmark. A 20-player roster has been named for the third Copa Mexico de Naciones, with the USA opening against China PR on Aug. 2.
The tournaments overlap, but there are four players who have been rostered for both tournaments: goalkeeper William Pulisic, defender Edwin Lara and forwards McKinze Gaines and Elijah Rice.
The USA’s U-17 pool has had an unbeaten 2014 in international competition with a 7-0-2 record. The U-17s went 3-0-1 and defeated Turkey 2-1 in the Aegean Cup championship in January. In early April, the USA defeated Bosnia 4-1 in the Katalinski Memorial Tournament title match in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, to cap off a 2-0-1 performance at the event. The U.S. U-17 MNT then posted back-to-back wins against Croatia on April 8 and 10.
Among the combined 34 players involved in this two-tournament stretch, there are 23 who are currently registered with Development Academy clubs.
Two players advanced to the recently-completed 2013-14 Development Academy Championships. On the USA’s Nordic roster, defender Miles Stray was on Real Salt Lake AZ’s U-15/16 national runner-up team. Rice, who is on both U.S. U-17 MNT rosters, had a goal and two assists to lead Chicago Magic PSG’s U-15/16s in their third-place victory against Strikers FC.
The two rosters are mostly composed of players born in 1998, with the exception of defender Tyler Adams, midfielder Jonathan Gonzalez, defender Lara and goalkeeper Eric Lopez who were born in 1999.
U.S. U-17 MNT’s Open Nordic Tournament Schedule:
Monday, July 28: USA vs. Denmark
Tuesday, July 29: USA vs. Norway
Thursday, July 31: USA vs. Faroe Islands
Saturday, Aug. 2: Placement match
U.S. U-17 MNT’s Copa Mexico de Naciones Schedule:
Saturday, Aug. 2: USA vs. China PR
Sunday, Aug. 3: USA vs. Argentina
Monday, Aug. 4: USA vs. Paraguay
Wednesday, Aug. 6: TBD
Friday, Aug. 8: TBD
Sunday, Aug. 10: Placement match
U.S. U-17 MNT Rosters by Position:
Open Nordic Tournament:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy Academy; Westminster, Calif.), William Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va.)
DEFENDERS (6): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Nikkye DePoint (Revolution Empire; Rochester, N.Y.), Edwin Lara (Juventus; San Leandro, Calif.), AJ Palazzolo (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallon, Mo.), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo.), Miles Stray (Real Salt Lake AZ; Point Reyes, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): George Braima (Crew Soccer Academy; Columbus, Ohio), Jonathan Gonzalez (Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Kyle Gurrieri (NJCSA; Totowa, N.J.), Keegan Kelly (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore, Md.), Weston McKennie (FC Dallas Academy; Little Elm, Texas), Brian Zelaya (De Anza Force; San Mateo, Calif.)
FORWARDS (4): McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Kai Koreniuk (Vitesse; Ormond Beach, Fla.), Eric Matzelevich (Bethesda-Olney; Washington, D.C.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.)
Copa Mexico de Naciones:
GOALKEEPERS (2): William Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (7): Hugo Arellano (Chivas USA Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Daniel Barbir (West Bromwich Albion; Allentown, Pa.), Tanner Dieterich (Unattached; Nashville, Tenn.), Edwin Lara (Juventus; 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 (5): Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Luca de la Torre (Fulham; San Diego, Calif.), Thomas McCabe (PDA; South Orange, N.J.), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (6): Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club; Port Chester, N.Y.), McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Joe Gallardo (Monterrey FC; San Diego, Calif.), Josh Perez (Unattached; La Habra, Calif.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.), Haji Wright (Unattached; Los Angeles, Calif.)