Richie Williams was named the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach in January of 2012, moving into the position just a few months after being appointed the U-18 MNT head coach in October of 2011. As the U-17 MNT head coach, Williams takes on the task of leading the U.S. Soccer U-17 Residency Program, which has been in place since 1999. Williams has his sights set on the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
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JIM ROONEY - Assistant Coach
Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.
Coaching career: Rooney was brought onto the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team and Residency Program staff in February 2012 as an assistant coach. In 2011, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League hired Rooney as an assistant. Before joining Fort Lauderdale, Rooney coached for three years at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., where he headed the U-15/16 team that included defender and 2011 MLS SuperDraft first-round selection Zarek Valentin.
Playing career: Rooney is a former midfielder in Major League Soccer, spending most of his time with the Miami Fusion, where he logged 67 games from 1999-2001. In Miami, Rooney served as captain for the 2000 and 2001 seasons and recording 12 goals and 15 assists during his three seasons. His 2001 campaign stands out the most with six goals, nine assists and an All-Star appearance as the Fusion went 16-5-5 and won the Supporters’ Shield. He first played for the New York/New Jersey MetroStars in 1998 and in one match in 1999 before heading to Miami. He capped of his MLS career with the New England Revolution in 2002. After a brief hiatus, Rooney joined the Long Island Rough Riders for nine games in 2004 and then retired. Rooney had played for the Rough Riders in the mid-90s before joining MLS. Collegiately, Rooney’s career included stops at Fordham and C.W. Post, where he set a record for goals in a season with 21 in 1993.
CLINT PEAY - Assistant Coach
Hometown: Columbia, Md.
Coaching career: Peay joined the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team coaching staff following a head coaching stint with the University of Richmond. During his three-season tenure with the Cavaliers, Peay guided six players who were named Atlantic 10 All-Conference selections. For six years, Peay served as an assistant coach in the collegiate ranks, starting with Georgetown in 2003, heading to Davidson College in 2004 and then George Mason starting in 2008.
Playing career: Peay has strong Youth National Team ties with the USA, serving as the captain of the U-20 MNT squad that advanced to the 1993 FIFA U-20 World Cup, but a knee injury sidelined him from the competition. He later represented the U.S. in the 1996 Olympics, starting in all three matches as the USA went 1-1-1 in Group A play. Professionally, Peay was selected by D.C. United in the 1996 MLS Draft and played from 1996-98, then rejoined the team for a portion of the 1999 MLS season. In college, Peay competed at Virginia from 1991-94 and the Cavaliers won four straight NCAA National Championships.
ANTHONY LATRONICA - Goalkeeper Coach
Hometown: Littleton, Colo.
Coaching career: Latronica joined Richie Williams’ U-17 MNT coaching staff in March of 2012. He had been a technical advisor for U.S. Soccer since January of 2011. Latronica first spent 1999-2002 as an assistant coach for Harvard, then spent three years as an assistant at Oregon State from 2003-05. He returned to Harvard as an assistant in 2006 and helped the Crimson capture its first Ivy League Championship in more than 10 years to earn an NCAA Tournament berth. Latronica joined Air Force’s program in 2007 and was promoted to associate head coach in 2010.
Playing career: Latronica spent four years among the U.S. Youth National Team system, playing from the U-20 to U-23 levels from 1993-95 and 1997. He played for Millwall in the English First Division in 1998 and 2000 and Monselice Calcio of Italy’s fifth division in 2001. From 1998-2000, Latronica spent some time in Major League Soccer with the Kansas City Wizards, New York/New Jersey MetroStars, San Jose Earthquakes, New England Revolution and Colorado Rapids. Before MLS, Latronica was named MVP of the A-League’s Boston Bulldogs in 1998. Collegiately, Latronica was a four-year captain at Rhode Island and was a two-time All-American in 1995 and 1996, advancing to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments. He posted 25 career shutouts in 84 games.