Hometown: Dunedin, Fla.
After serving as the U.S. Under-15 Boy’s National Team head coach in 2015, John Hackworth was re-appointed as head coach of the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team on Dec. 23, 2015. Hackworth previously served as U-17 MNT head coach from 2004-2007.
As U-17 MNT head coach, Hackworth once again takes on the task of leading the U.S. Soccer U-17 Residency Program, which has been in place since 1999. Having coached the U.S. U-15 BNT, Hackworth will continue his work with the same player pool and is charged with developing a squad that will attempt to qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.
A veteran with U.S. Soccer, Hackworth began his involvement with the organization in 2002 when he first became an assistant coach for the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team under former head coach John Ellinger. Hackworth went on to become the U-17 head coach two years later and in the following year took the USA to the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship, where the U.S. advanced to the quarterfinals. In his last year as head coach of the U-17’s, he once again led the Red, White and Blue to the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, with the USA bowing out in the Round of 16.
Following his stint at the U-17 level, Hackworth became an assistant coach with the senior Men’s National Team and continued to be on the sidelines until 2009. He also served as the inaugural Technical Director of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.Outside of his participation with U.S. Soccer, Hackworth also had prominent roles at the collegiate and professional levels. He became an assistant coach for Wake Forest University women’s and men’s teams in 1993 and 1994, respectively. Furthermore, he was named head coach at the University of South Florida in 1998, where he led the team to two NCAA tournament appearances. Most recently, Hackworth spent five years with Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union, serving as the organization’s Youth Development Coordinator from 2009-12, and later on as head coach from 2012-14.
Coaching career: Anthony 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.
Playing career: Calabrese is a former goalkeeper for the University of South Carolina-Aiken, where he graduated in 2004.
Coaching career: Prior to joining U.S. Soccer in March of 2014 as a Technical Advisor in the Frontier Division of the Development Academy, Arron Lujan had coached at Carnegie Mellon, helping the program reach four NCAA Tournaments while compiling a 75-25-8 record.
Playing career: Lujan played for Colorado College, where he finished his career as the school’s all-time scoring leader with 200 points (69 goals and 62 assists). Lujan graduated from Colorado College in 1995. He was named to the Colorado College Athletics Hall of Fame in May of 2009.
Coaching career: Prior to joining U.S. Soccer, Cris da Silva served as the head of scouting for Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls.
Playing career: Da Silva made 37 appearances over the course of three Major League Soccer seasons with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars from 1996-98. He played collegiately at Southern Connecticut State University.