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Richie WilliamsRICHIE WILLIAMS
Head Coach
Hometown: Middletown, New Jersey
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 leads the U.S. Soccer U-17 Residency Program, which has been in place since 1999.

The former U.S. National Team midfielder spent five seasons an assistant coach for Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls. During his Red Bulls tenure, he also had two stints as the team’s interim head coach. Williams began his coaching career in 2005 as an assistant coach for the men’s soccer team at his alma mater, the University of Virginia, where he spent two seasons.

After graduating from Virginia in 1992 with two NCAA National Championships under his belt, Williams joined indoor side Buffalo Blizzard and played 30 games with the team during the 1992-93 National Professional Soccer League season. Williams signed with the Richmond Kickers in the U.S. International Soccer League in 1993. That same year, Williams had a brief stint with Scotland’s Ayr United before returning to the Kickers for the 1994 and 1995 seasons.

Williams joined MLS for the league’s first season and D.C. United selected him in the fourth round of the 1996 MLS Inaugural Player Draft, where he reunited with his college coach, Bruce Arena. In his five seasons with D.C., Williams helped the club win three MLS Cup titles. Williams also won back-to-back U.S. Open Cups, in 1995 with the Kickers and in 1996 with D.C. United.

D.C. traded Williams to the New York/New Jersey MetroStars in 2001, where he spent a year with the team. Williams returned to D.C. United in 2002, but went back to the MetroStars the following season. He closed out his professional playing career with the Richmond Kickers and officially retired in September 2005.

Williams made his international debut for the U.S. MNT on Nov. 6, 1998, against Australia. He made 20 appearances for the team from 1998 to 2002, helping the U.S. to 12 wins, including the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He also was a member of the U-23 and U-20 Men’s National Teams during his career.

Anthony LatronicaANTHONY LATRONICA
Assistant and Goalkeeper Coach
Hometown: Littleton, Colorado
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.

PETE CALABRESE
Assistant and Fitness Coach
Hometown: Spring Hill, Florida
Coaching career: Pete Calabrese joined D.C. United as an assistant athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach in April of 2007. Prior to that, Calabrese served as the Virginia Beach Mariners’ assistant athletic training and strength and conditioning coach before becoming the head athletic training coach for both the team’s USL and PDL programs.
Playing career: Calabrese is a former goalkeeper for the University of South Carolina-Aiken, where he graduated in 2004.

ARRON LUJAN
Assistant Coach
Hometown: Las Cruces, New Mexico
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.

CRIS DA SILVA
Assistant Coach and Scout
Hometown: Waldwick, New Jersey
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.
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