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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 ussoccer.com. 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 ussoccer.com, 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.

USA ROSTER NOTES:

  • 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.

USA VS. ENGLAND:

  • 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.

ON USSOCCER.COM:

England U-17's Reece Oxford

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

ENGLAND U-17 ROSTER BY POSITION:
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)

ENGLAND U-17 ROSTER NOTES:

  • 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 ussoccer.com. The preceding 3 p.m. ET matches also will be live on ussoccer.com, 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 ussoccer.com.

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

Lineups:
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

Lineups:
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, ussoccer.com 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

Lineups:
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

Officials:
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

Lineups:
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

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

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

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, ussoccer.com 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:

The Younger Yanks Are Coming

ussoccer.com: Having reviewed the win against the Czech Republic, what are your lasting impressions of the performance?
Jurgen Klinsmann: “There are a lot of positives we can take out of this game. We asked this younger generation - the group that here and there was not a big part of the World Cup in Brazil - to step it up and make statements. I think that young group made a very, very strong statement. We asked players such as Mix Diskerud, Joe Corona, Jozy Altidore and others to take the responsibilities into their hands and guide that young team in Prague, and that’s what they did. Winning in Prague against a Czech team that barely missed out on qualifying for the World Cup is a strong statement. So overall, it was a very positive trip. We learned a lot, and this group deserves to come along.”

ussoccer.com: There seemed to be an increased aggressiveness in the midfield. What were your instructions to those guys?
JK: “With every young group that comes through the system, you want them to step it up physically year by year. You want them to take over responsibilities, you want them to grow, to be louder on the field, but also to send out signals physically. It’s a physical sport, and in many cases it’s about one-on-one battles on the field and winning those battles. That’s what Mix, Michael Orozco, Joe Corona, John Brooks, Jozy Altidore, Ale Bedoya did. They stepped up and showed they can compete physically. That’s what we wanted to see, so for that reason they deserve a compliment.”

ussoccer.com: The team also seemed to show a commitment to playing out of the bac, particularly with the distribution by Brad Guzan. Did you ask them to stick with that plan and not be afraid to take risks? Is that something you plan to preach moving forward?
JK: “It’s definitely a huge step for us to play out of the back, to find defenders and open up the game right away and not to play long balls all the time. Pretty much every long ball is a turn over. In the first half with Brad Guzan delivering those balls into Diskerud, into the fullbacks, into the centerbacks, that looked really nice. Obviously for Nick Rimando, he’s used to doing that. He’s almost like a field player and he’s very comfortable playing out of the back. We told them not to worry about making mistakes. Here and there it might happen, but we want this game to be developed from the back into the midfield and then into the forwards and not to be forced always to play long balls. This is something we are going to encourage more and more going forward. We want to keep the ball. We want to build out of the back. We want them to have the confidence to do that and not worry about mistakes. I think it was a big step forward, and we will emphasize that going into the October games as well.”

ussoccer.com: While Jozy didn’t have many scoring chances, he seemed to show improved hold up play. What were your impressions?
JK: “It was huge for us to have Jozy Altidore back in our lineup. This was the biggest bummer for us in the World Cup, to lose Jozy in the first game. I think we could have made a huge step in the World Cup, especially facing a team like Belgium in the Round of 16, if Jozy had been on the field.  I asked him to guide this young group. He’s still a young guy himself - he’s 24 years old but he already has 70 caps. We made him the captain and told him to guide these guys and he enjoyed that. He battled the whole game. He won most of his one-on-one battles, he provided great assists. He connected with Joe Gyau to the right and Julian green to the left, and connected to the midfield. It was a very strong performance by Jozy, even if he didn’t score. This is what we want to see from him. Sooner or later, I told him you are going to score your goals in the Premier League and continue to score goals for the National Team.”

Photo Gallery: Nike International Friendlies Over the Years

The Nike International Friendlies event has been a stomping ground for players who have featured for the U.S. Men’s National Team. From Jozy Altidore in 2004 to Rubio Rubin in multiple Nike Friendlies, here is a sampling of the players who have progressed to the senior team after playing for the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team at this prestigious tournament. The 2014 Nike International Friendlies will be held Nov. 28-Dec. 2 at Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

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 ussoccer.com. 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 ussoccer.com, 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.

USA ROSTER NOTES:

  • 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.

USA VS. ENGLAND:

  • 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.

ON USSOCCER.COM:

England U-17's Reece Oxford

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

ENGLAND U-17 ROSTER BY POSITION:
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)

ENGLAND U-17 ROSTER NOTES:

  • 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 ussoccer.com. The preceding 3 p.m. ET matches also will be live on ussoccer.com, 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 ussoccer.com.

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

Lineups:
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

Lineups:
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.)

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

Lineups:
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

Officials:
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

Lineups:
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

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

U-17 MNT Starts Strong in Panama with 5-2 Win Against Costa Rica

PANAMA CITY (Oct. 1, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team defeated Costa Rica 5-2 to open the Panama U-17 International Tournament at Estadio Maracaná.

Haji Wright scored three goals to lead the way for the USA – an 18th-minute redirect in the six-yard box, a 58th-minute shot to the far post from a difficult angle on the left side of the box and a third tally in the 68th minute. Wright also deflected a Christian Pulisic corner kick to assist Hugo Arellano’s 51st-minute goal.

Arellano’s goal gave the USA a 3-1 lead and proved to be the game-winner. Josh Perez also added a goal in the 22nd minute, set up by John Nelson – a left-footed blast to the upper left corner of the frame from approximately 21 yards out.

Costa Rica’s Jonathan Martinez scored both of his team’s goals, including a long-distance free kick tally just before halftime.

Wright now has a team-leading 14 goals this year and 20 total for his U-17 career in international matches. Pulisic leads the USA with six assists in 2014.

The U-17s scored five goals in a game for the fourth time this year and they improved to 13-5-1 in international competition.

Next up, the USA faces Canada on Friday, Oct. 3, followed by a game against host Panama on Sunday, Oct. 5.

-U.S. U-17 MNT Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-17 MNT vs. Costa Rica
Date: Oct. 1, 2014
Competition: International Tournament Sub-17
Venue: Estadio Maracaná
Kickoff: 6 p.m. local
Weather: 85 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                          2 3 5
Costa Rica                 1 1 2

USA – Haji Wright (Christian Pulisic)        18th minute
USA – Josh Perez (John Nelson)                 22
CRC – Jonathan Martinez                            45
USA – Hugo Arellano (Haji Wright)           51
USA – Haji Wright (Christian Pulisic)        58
USA – Haji Wright (Alejandro Zendejas)   68
CRC – Jonathan Martinez                            69

Lineups:
USA: 1-Kevin Silva; 3-John Nelson, 5-Hugo Arellano, 4-Alexis Velela, 2-Matt Olosunde (20-Keegan Kelly, 89); 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.) (13-Tyler Adams, 83), 8-Luca de la Torre (16-Tommy McCabe, 76), 10-Christian Pulisic (17-McKinze Gaines, 76); 11-Josh Perez, 9-Alejandro Zendejas, 7-Haji Wright
Subs Not Used:12-William Pulisic, 14-Daniel Barbir, 15-Tanner Dieterich, 18-Pierre Da Silva, 19-Elijah Rice
Head Coach: Richie Williams

CRC: 1-Alejandro Barrientos; 6-Luis Hernandez, 2-Diego Mesen, 3-Pablo Arboine (capt.), 4-Ian Smith; 7- Kevin Masis (15-Barlon Sequeira, 46), 10-Jonathan Martinez, 8-Sergio Nunez (5-Jaylon Hadden, 46), 13-Jesus Chaves (14-Roberto Cordoba, 27); 9- Andy Reyes (21-Yostin Daily,68), 11-Shawn Manley
Subs Not Used:12-Daniel Villegas, 16-Allan Ramos, 17-Yarik Granados, 18-Patrick Sequeira, 19-Yael Lopez
Head Coach: Luis Fernando

Misconduct Summary:
CRC – Diego Mesen (caution) 42nd minute
CRC – Jaylon Hadden (caution) 70
USA – Alexis Velela (caution) 83
USA – Hugo Arellano (caution) 88

Officials:
Referee: Ameth Sanchez
Assistant Referee 1: David Barria
Assistant Referee 2: Antonio Garrido
Fourth Official: Jafeth Perea

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster Named for Panama International Tournament

CHICAGO (Sept. 26, 2014) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams named a 20-player roster for the four-team Panama U-17 International Tournament from Oct. 1-5.

The USA will face Costa Rica on Wednesday, Oct. 1, followed by Canada on Oct. 3 and host Panama on Oct. 5, with all games played at Estadio Maracaná in Panama City.

The U-17s most recently played in the Nordic Open Cup Tournament in Denmark and the third Copa Mexico in Mexico City, with the two events overlapping each other from late July to early August. The USA took sixth place in the Nordic Open Cup and earned fourth place at the Copa Mexico.

In international competition, Haji Wright and Christian Pulisic lead this group with 11 goals apiece this year. Six of Pulisic’s goals came during the Copa Mexico. Wright is the top goal scorer for the U-17s dating back to last year with a combined 17 goals over this stretch in 17 games.

The goalkeeping duo of William Pulisic (6-3-0) and Kevin Silva (5-0-1) has handled the majority of international play in 2014. Silva leads the team with three shutouts and a 0.87 goals against average.

The USA roster includes 15 players who are in the midst of their fall semester in the U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida. Fourteen players have current ties to the Development Academy.

The U.S. U-17 MNT is 12-5-1 in international competition and 13-5-5 overall in 2014.

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): William Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (PDA; 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), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Luca de la Torre (Fulham; San Diego, Calif.), Keegan Kelly (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore, Md.), Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy; South Orange, N.J.), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.)
FORWARDS (6):  Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club; Port Chester, N.Y.), McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Josh Perez (Unattached; La Habra, Calif.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.), Haji Wright (Unattached; Los Angeles, Calif.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)

2014 Nike Friendlies and Academy Winter Showcase Set for Nov. 28-Dec. 3 in Lakewood Ranch, Florida

CHICAGO (Sept. 10, 2014) – The 2014 Nike International Friendlies and Development Academy Winter Showcase event will return to the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, from Nov. 28-Dec. 3.

The Nike Friendlies feature the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team and three other international opponents: Australia, Brazil and England. The format of the tournament includes three doubleheaders, with the USA match serving as the marquee second game. The U.S. faces England on Nov. 28, Australia on Nov. 30 and Brazil on Dec. 2.

All six games at the Nike Friendlies will be live on ussoccer.com, with the first game kicking off at 3 p.m. ET and the USA game at 6 p.m. This marks the 12th edition of the Nike International Friendlies.

In conjunction with this event, the Academy Winter Showcase brings together the U-15/16 and U-17/18 teams in the Academy for an important three-game set against teams outside their respective conferences and divisions. On Thursday, Dec. 1, two Academy Select teams will compete against each other in a match showcasing 1997- and 1998-born players handpicked by U.S. Soccer Technical Advisors and Youth National Team staff.

The Academy Winter Showcase schedule runs on Nov. 29, Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 for the U-17/18 age group and Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 3 for the U-15/16s.

The U.S. U-17s have had a strong spell at the Nike Friendlies, winning the tournament in 2011 and 2013. Last year’s tournament was capped off by the USA’s 4-1 victory against Brazil on Dec. 13, 2013, with LA Galaxy Academy product Haji Wright scoring two goals in that final game to earn the tournament’s Golden Boot with five tallies for the tournament. Players Development Academy alum Kevin Silva was awarded the Golden Glove award as the event’s top goalkeeper and PA Classics product Christian Pulisic was named the tournament MVP.

U.S. Soccer’s Nike Friendlies were established in 2001 to provide top-level competition for the U.S. U-17 MNT and is one of the premier annual events on the youth soccer calendar. Starting in 2008, the event evolved to incorporate U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy. This event also allows the U.S. Scouting Network to have a presence at every match to evaluate players.

2014 Nike International Friendlies Schedule
All games live on ussoccer.com
Friday, Nov. 28
Australia vs. Brazil, 3 p.m. ET
USA vs. England, 6 p.m. ET

Sunday, Nov. 30
Brazil vs. England, 3 p.m. ET
USA vs. Australia, 6 p.m. ET

Tuesday, Dec. 2
England vs. Australia, 3 p.m. ET
USA vs. Brazil, 6 p.m. ET

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.

U-17 MNT vs. Ecuador: Highlights - Aug. 8, 2014

The U.S. U-17 MNT fell to Ecuador 2-1 in the semifinals of the 2014 Copa Mexico de Naciones.

U-17 MNT vs. Colombia: Highlights - Aug. 6, 2014

The U.S. U-17 MNT advanced to the semifinals of the 2014 Copa Mexico de Naciones after outlasting Colombia in a penalty kick shootout.

U-17 MNT vs. Paraguay: Highlights - August 4, 2014

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team scored two first-half goals and beat Paraguay 2-1 in a match to decide Group C at the 2014 Copa Mexico de Naciones.

U-17 MNT vs. Mexico: Highlights - August 3, 2014

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team clinched a spot in the quarterfinals with its second win at the Copa Mexico de Naciones in Mexico City, beating Mexico’s second squad 2-0.

U-17 MNT vs. China: Highlights - August 2, 2014

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team got a pair of hat tricks from Christian Pulisic and Haji Wright to defeat China PR 6-0 in the team’s opener of the Copa Mexico de Naciones.

U-17 MNT vs. Faroe Islands: Highlights - July 31, 2014

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team defeated the Faroe Islands 4-0 in its third match of the 2014 Open Nordic Tournament at Mosevej Stadium. McKinze Gaines scored two goals while Kai Koreniuk and Eric Matzelevich also provided a goal apiece for the USA.

U-17 MNT vs. Norway: Highlights - July 29, 2014

The U.S. U-17 MNT dropped its second game of the Open Nordic Cup, a 4-1 loss to Norway Tuesday at Norre Aaby Stadium.

U-17 MNT vs. Denmark: Highlights - July 28, 2014

Denmark’s Mark Christensen scored in the fourth minute to give his squad an early 1-0 lead. Marco Ramkilde scored in the 28th minute and the Denmark defense held the U.S. at bay to preserve the shutout victory. Full time is 80 minutes in all games in the Open Nordic Tournament.

U-17 MNT vs. Croatia: Highlights - Zagreb, Croatia

The U.S. Under-17 MNT brought down Croatia in a 1-0 nail-biter with the help of an early header by forward Elijah Rice.
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