Game Notes: U-17 MNT Prepares for Final World Cup Group Game Against Chile

U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Continues FIFA U-17 World Cup Campaign Against Chile

USA concludes group play against tournament hosts on Friday, Oct. 23

VINA DEL MAR, Chile (Oct. 22, 2015) – The United States Under-17 Men’s National Team continues its 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup campaign against tournament hosts Chile in the final match of Group A play at Estadio Sausalito in Viña del Mar, Chile on Friday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 2/NBC Universo).

The U.S. earned a 2-2 draw against Croatia in their second group game on Oct. 20 and currently sit in third place in the group.

The other match of Group A will pit Croatia against Nigeria at Estadio Francisco Sanchez Rumoroso in Coquimbo, Chile. Nigeria clinched the top spot in Group A with a 5-1 win over Chile on Oct. 20. Croatia sits just one point ahead of the United States in the Group A table.

A total of 24 countries are in Chile participating in the tournament. The top two teams in each group, as well as the best four third-place teams, advance to the Round of 16 on October 28 and 29.

U.S. Roster By Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy II; Westminster, Calif.), William Pulisic (Richmond United; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (8): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls II; Wappinger Falls, N.Y.),Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Danny Barbir (West Bromwich Albion; Allentown, Penn.), 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 (5): Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Luca de la Torre (Fulham F.C. San Diego, Calif.), Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy; South Orange, N.J.), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund; Hershey, Pa.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas; El Paso, Tex.)
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.)

U.S. Notes:

• Midfielder Christian Pulisic and forward Brandon Vasquez opened their World Cup goal scoring accounts, scoring in the 20th and 40th minutes respectively in the U-17’s 2-2 draw against Croatia on Oct. 20. Midfielder Luca de la provided the assist on Pulisic’s goal, who then turned provider, serving up the cross for Vasquez’s header.

• Head Coach Richie Williams will have his full complement of 21 players available for selection as defender Auston Trusty returns from a one-match suspension from a red card he was shown in the 87th minute of the opening match against Nigeria.

• Nineteen of the 21 players on the roster were born in 1998, with Tyler Adams and Eric Lopez being the lone players born in 1999.

• Nineteen players on this roster were a part of the U-17 team that defeated Jamaica in penalty kicks in March to qualify for the World Cup.

• William Pulisic started as the goalkeeper in every match for the U-17's in the CONCACAF Championship.

• Arellano (two goals), Da Silva (one goal), de la Torre (one goal), Gallardo (nine goals), Perez (eight goals), Pulisic (four goals), Vasquez (four goals), Wright (three goals) and Zendejas (two goals) all tallied goals with the U-17s this year leading into the World Cup.

• Twenty players on the roster are products of the Development Academy: Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy),Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy), Barbir (Players Development Academy), Calvillo (Real So Cal), da Silva (Orlando City SC Academy), de la Torre (Nomads SC & San Diego Surf), Dieterich (Real Salt Lake AZ),Gallardo (Nomads SC), Lopez (LA Galaxy Academy), McCabe (Players Development Academy), Nelson (Internationals), Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy), Perez (Chivas USA),

C. Pulisic (PA Classics), W. Pulisic (Richmond United), Silva (Players Development Academy), Trusty (Philadelphia Union), Velela (San Diego Surf), Wright (LA Galaxy Academy), Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy).

USA vs. CHILE:

• The United States have never faced Chile in U-17 World Cup play.

• On Nov. 18, 2014, the United States played Chile to a 2-2 draw in the opener of the 2014 Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins tournament at Nelson Oyarzun de Chillan Stadium. Christian Pulisic equalized in the 62nd minute and provided the assist on Pierre Da Silva’s 81st minute strike.

• The U.S. holds a 5-3-1 advantage over South American opposition in U-17 World Cup play.

IN FOCUS: CHILE

Federación de Fútbol de Chile
Founded: 1895
FIFA affiliation: 1913
Head Coach: Miguel Ponce
U-17 World Cup Appearances: 1993, 1997

CHILE ROSTER BY POSITION:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Ignacio Azua, Zacarias Lopez, Luis Ureta
DEFENDERS (3): Fabian Monilla, Juan Jose Soriano, Diego Soto
MIDFIELDERS (9): Marcelo Allende, Luciano Diaz, Diego Gonzalez, Gonzalo Jara, Yerko Leiva, Rene Melendez, Camilo Moya, Simon Ramirez, Ignacio Saavedra
FORWARDS (6): Brian Leiva, Gabriel Mazuela, Mathias Pinto, Walter Ponce, Manuel Reyes, Luis Salas

CHILE NOTES:

• Chile drew their first match against Croatia 1-1 on Oct. 17 and fell to Nigeria 1-5 on Oct. 20. 

• This is Chile’s third appearance in the U-17 World Cup. In their debut in 1993, Chile finished third, their best performance to date. Four years later Chile qualified for the tournament in 1997 but failed to advance out of the group stages.

• Chile automatically qualified for the tournament as hosts but took part in the 2015 South American U-17 Championship, finishing at the bottom of their group with a 0-4-0 record and conceding 12 goals.