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Defending Champion U-17 MNT Kicks off Nike International Friendlies against England

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team opens the 2014 Nike International Friendlies against England’s U-17s on Friday, Nov. 28, at Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. ET and will be live on That match is preceded by a 3 p.m. game featuring Australia and Brazil.

All six games at the Nike Friendlies will be live on, with the USA game serving as the night cap on all three days. The U.S. U-17 MNT faces Australia on Sunday, Nov. 30, and Brazil on Tuesday, Dec. 2. Fans can also follow all matches live on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

The tournament takes place at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch and runs in conjunction with the 2014 Development Academy Winter Showcase, which starts Saturday, Nov. 29, with the U-18 age group.

This marks the USA’s last major tournament of the year as the focus will then turn toward preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship from Feb. 27-March 14 in Honduras.

U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. England U-17
2014 Nike International Friendlies
Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Nov. 28, 2014

U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team By Position:
The USA roster will be announced shortly.


  • The USA is the defending champion of this event, earning last year’s crown with a 4-1 victory against Brazil in the finale on Dec. 13, 2013.
  • The U-17 MNT is coming off a three-game tournament in Chile from Nov. 18-22, with draws against host Chile and Qatar and a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Brazil after rallying from a two-goal deficit.
  • U-17 head coach Richie Williams’ side has enjoyed a successful 2014. The team has compiled a 15-6-3 international record and a 16-6-7 mark overall. Haji Wright is the USA’s leading goal scorer with 18 tallies in 19 international matches. Midfielder Christian Pulisic has 14 goals and seven assists in 18 matches. Forward Pierre Da Silva is the leading assists man with eight through 848 minutes of play and 15 appearances.


  • The U.S. U-17 MNT and England last met at the 2013 Nike International Friendlies, with the USA earning a commanding 5-1 victory on Dec. 11, 2013.
  • Joe Gallardo led the way with a hat trick and Haji Wright tallied twice for the USA. Marcus Edwards had England’s lone goal.


England U-17's Reece Oxford

The Football Association
Founded: 1863
FIFA affiliation: 1905
Head Coach: John Peacock
Best U-17 World Cup Finish:

GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Paul Woolston (Newcastle), 13-Alfie Whiteman (Tottenham Hotspur)
DEFENDERS (8): 2-James Yates (Everton), 3-Adetayo Edun (Fulham), 5-Reece Oxford (West Ham), 6-Cameron Humphreys-Grant (Manchester City), 12-Kyron Stabana (Derby County), 14-Trent Arnold (Liverpool), 15-Danny Collinge (VFB Stuttgart), 16-Easah Suliman (Aston Villa)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 4-Tom Davies (Everton), 7-Nathan Holland (Everton), 8-Adam Phillips (Liverpool), 9-Lukas Nmecha (Manchester City), 10-Marcus Edwards (Tottenham), 18-William Patching (Manchester City), 20-Daniel Wright (Sunderland)
FORWARDS (3): 11-Layton N’dukwu (Leicester City), 17-Ike Ugbo (Chelsea), 19-Jahmal Hector-Ingram (West Ham)


  • The England roster features nine players who were part of the squad at the 2013 Nike International Friendlies: goalkeeper Alfie Whiteman, defenders Trent Arnold, Danny Collinge, Cameron Humphreys-Grant and Reece Oxford, midfielders Marcus Edwards, William Patching and Adam Phillips and forward Layton N’dukwu.
  • Phillips wore the captain’s armband and Edwards scored a goal during England’s 5-1 loss to the USA at last year’s tournament match.
  • In other matches at last year’s tournament, England defeated Portugal 4-3 on Dec. 13, and dropped a 2-1 decision against Brazil on Dec. 9 despite scoring the game’s opening goal in the 18th minute.
  • England won the 2014 UEFA European U-17 Championship in Malta, marking England’s second UEFA U-17 crown. In the final, England defeated the Netherlands 4-1 in penalties on May 21. The two teams were even 1-1 through regulation. Head coach John Peacock’s roster did not include players from the group taking part in the 2014 Nike International Friendlies.
  • Ten players on England’s 2014 Nike Friendlies roster took part in the Montaigu Tournament in France with England’s U-16s. England took third place.
  • The 2015 UEFA European U-17 Championship from May 6-22 will serve as England’s qualifying tournament for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

U-17 MNT Draws Qatar 1-1 in Chile

TALCA, Chile (Nov. 22, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team drew Qatar 1-1 at Estadio Fiscal de Talca to wrap up the 2014 Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins.

U.S. U-17 MNT goal scoring leader Haji Wright notched a 61st-minute equalizer for his 18th goal of the year in international competition.

The USA went 0-1-2 at the event, with a 2-2 draw against host Chile on Nov. 18 and a 4-3 loss to Brazil on Nov. 20. The U-17s are 15-7-2 in international play and 16-7-6 overall in 2014.

The U.S. U-17 MNT had the brunt of scoring chances throughout the match against Qatar. Both teams came up empty in the first half, but Qatar broke the stalemate early in the second half. Khalid Mazeed had a strong individual effort to work the ball into the middle and blast a right-footed shot just inside the left post for a 1-0 lead in the 57th minute.

Wright and the USA responded four minutes later with a right-footed shot from about 10 yards out that sneaked past Qatar’s goalkeeper at the near right post.

The U.S. U-17s will now put their focus toward the 2014 Nike International Friendlies, at Lakewood Ranch, Florida. The defending champion USA will face England (Nov. 28), Australia (Nov. 30) and Brazil (Dec. 2), with all games kicking off at 6 p.m. ET and available live on The preceding 3 p.m. ET matches also will be live on, featuring Australia vs. Brazil (Nov. 28), Brazil vs. England (Nov. 30) and England vs. Australia (Dec. 2).

More information from the USA-Chile match will be available on

U.S. U-17 MNT Drops 4-3 Heartbreaker to Brazil

TALCA, Chile (Nov. 20, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Boys’ National Team rallied from a two-goal deficit but ultimately fell 4-3 to Brazil in the USA’s second game of the 2014 Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins.

Brazil was in control early with a 2-0 halftime lead and a 3-1 lead through 73 minutes. U.S. forward Haji Wright scored his second goal in the 78th minute and Christian Pulisic added an 85th-minute equalizer to bring the teams level at 3-3.

However, Brazil found the game-winning tally in the third minute of stoppage time to pull off the late victory.

Wright, who earlier scored a goal in the 52nd minute, now has a team-leading 17 international goals this year. Pulisic scored his 14th goal this year and his second of the tournament.

The USA caps off its trip to Chile against Qatar on Saturday.

The U.S. U-17 MNT is 15-6-2 in international competition this year and 16-6-6 overall.

- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-17 MNT (’98-99) vs. Brazil
Date: Nov. 20, 2014
Competition: Copa Liberator Bernardo O’Higgins 2014
Venue: Estadio Fiscal de Talca Stadium
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. local
Weather: 85 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                         0 3 3
BRA                         2 2 4

BRA – Lincoln Henrique Oliverira dos Santos    13th minute
BRA – Leandro Henrique do Nascimento            44
USA – Haji Wright (Pierre Da Silva)                   53
BRA – Leandro Henrique do Nascimento            73
USA – Haji Wright (Danny Barbir)                      78
USA – Christian Pulisic                                        85
BRA – Eronildo dos Santos Rocha                      90+3

USA: 1-Kevin Silva (12-William Pulisic, 46); 3-John Nelson (14-Danny Barbir, 46), 5-Hugo Arellano (13-Logan Panchot, 83), 4-Alexis Velela, 2-Tyler Adams; 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.), 8-Alejandro Zendejas, 10-Christian Pulisic (Tommy McCabe, 90); 11- Josh Perez (17-McKinze Gaines, 46), 7-Haji Wright, 18-Pierre Da Silva (Keegan Kelly, 60)
Subs not used: 9-Kai Koreniuk , 15-Tanner Dieterich, 19-George Braima
Head Coach: Richie Williams

BRA: 1-Bruno Oliveira Bertinato (capt.); 6-Caique da Silva Maria, 14-Thiago Nascimento Parmigiani, 3-Ronaldo Rodrigues de Souza, 2-Kleber Augusto Caetano Leite Filho; 8-Matheus Fernandes Siqueira, 15-Renan Carvalho Areias; 17-Lincoln Henrique Oliveira dos Santos (20-Loran Romualdo dos Santos da Silva, 84), 7-Andrey Ramos do Nascimento (5-Matheus Fernandes Siqueira, 61); 19-Evander da Silva Ferreira, 10-Leandro Henrique do Nascimento (9-Eronildo dos Santos Rocha, 77)
Subs not used: 4-Leonardo Rodriques dos Santos, 11-Ramon de Araujo Siqueira, 12-Carlinhos Carlos Vinicius Pinto, 13-Alan Cardoso de Andrade, 16-Mauro Junior F. dos Santos, 18-Jean Pyerre C. Silveira Correa
Head Coach: Caio Zanardi

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Hugo Arellano (caution)                           58th minute
BRA – Ronaldo Rodrigues de Souza (caution)    60
USA – Eric Calvillo (caution)                              75
USA – Eric Calvillo (caution/ejection)                84

U.S. U-17 MNT Draws Chile in Opener of Copa Libertador O’Higgins

PEDRO AGUIRRE CERDA, Chile (Nov. 18, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team played Chile to a 2-2 draw in the opener of the 2014 Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins at Nelson Oyarzun de Chillan Stadium.

Christian Pulisic scored a goal and assisted Pierre Da Silva’s go-ahead score in the 81st minute. The latter gave the USA a 2-1 lead after trailing in the first half. However, Chile’s Rodrigo Agurto tallied an 86th-minute equalizer to manage a draw.

Pulisic scored off of an Alejandro Zendejas assist in the 62nd minute. It was Pulisic’s 13th international goal of the year, which is second among this age group behind only Haji Wright’s 15 tallies. Da Silva’s goal was his first of the year and his second-career with the U-17s.

The USA next faces Brazil on Thursday, Nov. 20, followed by a match against Qatar on Saturday, Nov. 22. Both matches take place in Talca.

The U.S. U-17 MNT is now 15-5-2 in international competition this year and 16-5-6 overall.

- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-17 MNT (98-99) vs. Chile U-17 MNT
Date: Nov. 18, 2014
Competition: Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins 2014
Venue: Nelson Oyarzun de Chillan Stadium
Kickoff: 6 p.m. local
Weather: 70 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                          0 2 2
CHI                           1 1 2

CHI – Diego Gonzalez                                       31st minute
USA – Christian Pulisic (Alejandro Zendejas)  62
USA – Pierre Da Silva (Christian Pulisic)         81
CHI – Rodrigo Agurto                                       86

USA: 1-Kevin Silva; 3-John Nelson, 5-Hugo Arellano, 4-Alexis Velela, 2-Tyler Adams; 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.), 8-Alejandro Zendejas, 10-Christian Pulisic; 11-Josh Perez (18-Pierre Da Silva, 72), 9-Kai Koreniuk (17-McKinze Gaines, 62), 7-Haji Wright
Subs not used:12-William Pulisic, 13-Logan Panchot, 14-Danny Barbir, 15-Tanner Dieterich, 16-Tommy McCabe , 19-George Braima, 20-Keegan Kelly
Head Coach: Richie Williams

CHI: 1-Zacarias Lopez; 3-Alonso Rodriguez (19-Juan Araya, 71), 4-Kevin Madariaga, 5-Diego Gonzalez (capt.), 2-Lukas Soza; 14-Yerko Leiva, 10-Branco Provoste (20-Rodrigo Agurto, 46), 6-Diego Fernadez (13-Maximiliano Riveros, 75); 7-Matias Rosas (15-Mathias Galdames, 46), 9- Mathias Pinto (16-Ivan Morales, 60), 8-Marcelo Sandoval (11 Rene Melendez, 60)
Subs not used: 12-Javier Cerruti, 17-Gabriel Mazuela, 18-Antonio Ramirez
Head Coach: Alfredo Grelak

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Pierre Da Silva (caution)              78th minute

U.S. U-17 MNT Head Coach Richie Williams Names Roster for Nov. 18-22 Trip to Chile

CHICAGO (Nov. 17, 2014) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has named a 20-player roster that will represent the USA for three international matches in Chile.

The USA faces Chile, Brazil and Qatar at the 2014 Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins from Nov. 18-22. The U.S. opens against host Chile on Tuesday, Nov. 18, in Chillan, and then travels north to Talca for its final two matches. The USA and Brazil square off on Thursday, Nov. 20, followed by a match against Qatar on Saturday, Nov. 22.

This is the USA’s first international competition since winning the Panama International Tournament from Oct. 1-5 that included victories against Costa Rica, Canada and host Panama.

Among this roster, forward Haji Wright is the leading goal scorer on the team with 15 tallies in 16 international games. He also has five assists. For his U-17 tenure, Wright has scored 21 goals in 20 international matches. Wright has also represented the U.S. U-18 MNT earlier this year during the USA’s championship run at the 2014 International Tournament of Vaclav Jezek in the Czech Republic.

Midfielder Christian Pulisic has contributed 12 goals and six assists in 16 international games for the U-17s. Forward Pierre Da Silva is the U-17 MNT’s leader with seven assists this year. The goalkeeping tandem of Kevin Silva and Will Pulisic has accounted for seven of the team’s eight clean sheets this year. Silva has four shutouts and Will Pulisic has three. Both goalkeepers have seven victories in 2014.

Thirteen players are currently registered with Development Academy teams, and 19 of the 20 have ties to the Academy.

The U.S. U-17 MNT is 15-5-1 in international competition this year and 16-5-5 overall.

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): William Pulisic (Richmond United; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (7): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Daniel Barbir (West Bromwich Albion; Allentown, Pa.), Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake AZ; Nashville, Tenn.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo.) Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): George Braima (Crew Soccer Academy; Columbus, Ohio), Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Keegan Kelly (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore, Md.), Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy; South Orange, N.J.), Christian Pulisic (Unattached; Hershey, Pa.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas, El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (5): Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club; Port Chester, N.Y.), McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Kai Koreniuk (Vitesse; Ormond Beach, Fla.), Josh Perez (Unattached; La Habra, Calif.), Haji Wright (Unattached; Los Angeles, Calif.)

Academy Coaches Soak in U-17 MNT Program’s Methodology

The Southeast region of the Development Academy has the advantage of being located close to the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team’s Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida.

The connection from the Academy to the Youth National Team system and senior National Team is a continual point of emphasis, so for Academy coaches and scouts, it was an invaluable opportunity to spend a full day recently with the U-17 MNT and head coach Richie Williams. They had the chance to see firsthand how their program works.

U.S. Soccer Technical Advisor Juan Carlos Michia, who regularly scouts players and teams in the Academy’s Southeast Division, invited a group of coaches and scouts to take part in the event, and the response was strong. There were 42 coaches on hand from the Southeast, with nearly every Academy club represented.

The morning included a meeting with Michia, an introduction by Williams, and then the opportunity to watch a full training session, from the warm-up process to specific goalkeeping session work led by U-17 assistant coach Anthony Latronica.

The coaches had multiple meetings, including an afternoon presentation by Williams focusing on style of play, training sessions and scheduling.

Academy coaches and scouts also had an open conversation about systems and high-level training environments, as well as video analysis from previous U-17 MNT games.

“It was a very good experience, and I received some great response from many of the coaches who spent the day with the U-17 National Team,” Michia said. “Richie Williams and his staff did a tremendous job and were open with sharing the U-17 program’s system and methodology. It’s something that many of the coaches want to be a part of again in the future.”

Juan Carlos Michia

Christian Pulisic, U-17 MNT Riding Yearlong Wave of Success

Christian Pulisic reflects on the U-17 MNT's improvement and growth after a year of residency, his start at PA Classics, and the healthy pressure the team feels after tasting international success.

Current U-17 MNT Crop Reflects on Donovan’s Impact

While most people tend to focus on U.S. Men’s National Team forward Landon Donovan’s accolades on the senior team, it was his U-17 Men’s National Team impact that immediately put him on the map.

As Donovan prepares for his MNT swan song on Friday against Ecuador to cap off his illustrious 15-year career, caught up with three players on the current U-17 MNT to get their perspective on Donovan: midfielder Christian Pulisic, forwards Haji Wright and defender Hugo Arellano.

The trio sat down with U.S. Soccer during its impressive three-game sweep to win the Panama U-17 International Tournament. Wright and Arellano both have ties to the Development Academy’s LA Galaxy, and Pulisic is a PA Classics product:

U-17 MNT Wins Panama Tournament, Tops Host Side 1-0

PANAMA CITY, Panama (Oct. 5, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team wrapped up the Panama U-17 International Tournament in thrilling fashion at Estadio Maracana. Christian Pulisic scored an 86th-minute goal and the USA defeated hosted Panama 1-0 to win the event.

Pulisic scored his 12th goal this year in international play with the U-17s, tallying off of a Haji Wright assist.

The USA went a perfect 3-0-0 during the tournament, previously posting a 5-2 win against Costa Rica on Oct. 1 and a 2-0 victory against Canada on Friday, Oct. 3.

The U.S. U-17 MNT is now 15-5-1 in international competition in 2014.

This marks the team’s fourth tournament crown over the past 10 months. The USA also won the 2013 Nike International Friendlies in December, the Aegean Cup in January and the Josip Katalinski International Tournament in April.

-U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-17 MNT vs. Panama
Date: Oct. 5, 2014
Competition: International Tournament Sub-17
Venue: Estadio Maracana
Kickoff: 6 p.m. local
Weather: 85 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                          0 1 1
Panama                     0 0 0

USA – Christian Pulisic (Haji Wright)      86th minute

USA: 1-Kevin Silva; 3-John Nelson, 5-Hugo Arellano (14-Daniel Barbir, 38), 4-Alexis Velela, 2-Matt Olosunde; 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.), 8-Luca de la Torre (18-Pierre Da Silva, 64), 10-Christian Pulisic; 11-Josh Perez (17-McKinze Gaines, 72), 9-Alejandro Zendejas (13-Tyler Adams, 90+2), 7-Haji Wright
Subs Not Used:12-William Pulisic,15-Tanner Dieterich, 16-Tommy McCabe , 19-Elijah Rice, 20-Keegan Kelly
Head Coach: Richie Williams

PAN: 1-Javier Cruz; 14-Andres Andrade (3-Jorge Gutierrez, 84), 13-Cesar Blackman, 23-Emanuel Chanis, 2-John Del Busto; 17-Chamel Asprilla (19-Joel Thompson, 72), 6-Giandermir Jaen (8-Carlos Kirton, 43), 20-Adalberto Carrasquilla (capt.), 10-Damaso Santos; 9-Ronaldo Cordoba (15-Rafael Rodriguez, 83), 7-Jose Rodriguez
Subs Not Used: 4-Luis Arias, 11-Leandro Avila, 12-Marcos Mendez, 16-Kevin Nelson, 18-Rodolfo Forde, 21-Randolf Ramos, 22-Luis Vasquez
Head Coach: Juan Carlos Cubilla

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Eric Calvillo (caution)              10th minute
USA – Alejandro Zendejas (caution)   44
PAN – Ronaldo Cordoba (caution)      57
PAN – Emanuel Chanis (caution)        77
USA – Haji Wright (caution)               89

Referee: Roberto Moreno
Assistant Referee 1: David Barria
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Victoria
Fourth Official: John Pitti

U-17 MNT Blanks Canada at Panama Tournament

PANAMA CITY, Panama (Oct. 3, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team scored a goal in each half and shut out Canada 2-0 in the four-team Panama U-17 International Tournament. Alejandro Zendejas and Haji Wright each scored a goal, both assisted by Pierre Da Silva.

Zendejas wasted little time giving the USA a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute with a strong dribble past three Canada defenders in the left side of the box and shooting to the far right corner of the frame.

The score stayed that way until the 69th minute when Da Silva took a left-footed corner kick on the right side and whipped the ball into the six-yard box to Wright. The USA striker headed it home for the two-goal lead. Wright now has four goals in this tournament and a team-leading 15 this year in international matches.

The U.S. wraps up the tournament on Sunday, Oct. 5, against host Panama.

-U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Canada
Date: Oct. 3, 2014
Competition: International Tournament Sub-17
Venue: Maracana Stadium
Kickoff: 6 p.m. local
Weather: 85 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                         1 1 2
Canada                     0 0 0

USA – Alejandro Zendejas (Pierre Da Silva)  6th minute
USA – Haji Wright (Pierre Da Silva)              69 minute

USA: 12-William Pulisic; 13-Tyler Adams, 14-Daniel Barbir, 15-Tanner Dieterich, 2-Matt Olosunde (3-John Nelson, 46); 16-Tommy McCabe, 9-Alejandro Zendejas (capt.) (10-Christian Pulisic, 46), 20-Keegan Kelly (8-Luca de la Torre, 62); 18-Pierre Da Silva, 19-Elijah Rice (7-Haji Wright, 62), 17-McKinze Gaines (11-Josh Perez, 71)
Subs Not Used: 1-Kevin Silva, 4-Alexis Velela, 5-Hugo Arellano, 6-Eric Calvillo
Head Coach: Richie Williams

CAN: 18-Matthew Nogueira; 7-Andrew Dias,10-Matthew Baldisimo, 15-Julian Takagi-Stewart, 6-Kadin Chung; 12-Terran Campbell (2-Tristan Borges, 78), 14-David Norman (8-Luca Ricci, 71), 9-Munir Saleh, 5-Gabriel Boakye; 4-Malik Johnson, 19-Kevin Timachy (20-Duwayne Ewart, 66)
Subs Not Used: 1-Brogan Engbers, 11-Kosaovar Sadiki, 13-Jordan Montoya, 16-Daniel Sagno
Head Coach: Sean Fleming

Misconduct Summary:
CAN – Gabriel Boakye (caution)    29th minute
USA – Keegan Kelly (caution)       45
CAN – David Norman (caution)     59

Referee: John Pitti
Assistant Referee 1: Ronald Bruna
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Victoria
Fourth Official: Rolando Vidal