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Richie Williams Names 29 Players to U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team 2014 Fall Residency Roster

CHICAGO (Sept. 2, 2014) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has invited 29 players to the 2014 Fall Semester of the U.S. U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida.

Twenty players return from the 2014 Spring Semester. The nine newcomers include defenders Tyler Adams and Miles Stray, midfielders Keegan Kelly and Luka Prpa, and forwards Lucas Del Rosario, Ronaldo Escudero, Joe Gallardo, Lagos Kunga and Nick Taitague.

Gallardo is the leading goal scorer on the roster with nine tallies in 11 games with the U-17s. He has four goals and three assists in seven matches in 2014. The most-capped player among this roster at the U-17 level is defender Hugo Arellano, who has played in 16 internationals, including 13 games in 2014.

This group features 26 players who are currently registered with clubs in U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy.

The U-17s recently competed in the Nordic Tournament and the third Copa Mexico, and 24 of the players on the Fall Residency roster played in either one of these tournaments or both.

The next major event for the U.S. U-17 MNT is the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. The tournament, hosted by Honduras from Feb. 27-March 14, serves as the qualification process for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup from May 30-June 20 in New Zealand.

About the U-17 Residency Program:
The U.S. players live on campus at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, and train in the morning under the guidance of the U.S. U-17 MNT coaching staff. In the afternoon, the players attend classes at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. While in the full-time residency program, the U.S. not only trains daily, but also has access to the IMG Academy facilities. The team regularly uses IMG’s state-of-the-art strength-training facilities, as well as some of the nation’s best sports psychologists who work at the Academy. The IMG Academies include top-of-the-line soccer equipment, Bermuda grass fields, renovated student housing and dining facilities.

Since its inception, approximately 400 players have been through the full-time Residency Program, and more than 100 players have moved on to Major League Soccer and other professional leagues.

The first full-time U.S. Soccer Residency Program began on Jan. 17, 1999, when U.S. Soccer collected 20 of the country’s elite youth players to train year-round.

U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy Academy; Westminster, Calif.), William Pulisic (Richmond United; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (9): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Nikkye De Point (Empire Revolution; Rochester, N.Y.), Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake AZ; Nashville, Tenn.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo.), Miles Stray (Real Salt Lake AZ; Point Reyes, Calif.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): 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.), Weston McKennie (FC Dallas Academy; Little Elm, Texas), Luka Prpa (Chicago Magic PSG; Wind Lake, Wis.), Brian Zelaya (De Anza Force; San Mateo, Calif.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (9): Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club; Port Chester, N.Y.), Lucas Del Rosario (Capital Area RailHawks – CASL; Durham, N.C.), Ronaldo Escudero (Pateadores; Placentia, Calif.), McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Joe Gallardo (Monterrey; San Diego, Calif.), Lagos Kunga (DDYSC 98 Wolves Elite; Atlanta, Ga.), Eric Matzelevich (Bethesda-Olney; Washington, D.C.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.), Nick Taitague (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.)

U.S. U-17s Finish Fourth in Copa Mexico Following 2-0 Loss to Brazil

MEXICO CITY (Aug. 10, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team took fourth place in the Copa Mexico de Naciones, losing 2-0 in the third-place match to Brazil. It was the first time the U.S. offense was held scoreless in the tournament.

Brazil’s Evander Da Silva recorded a brace and provided all the scoring to lead Brazil, netting his first in the 26th minute and scoring again in the 36th minute.

After sweeping Group C and winning its quarterfinal matchup, the U.S. fell to Ecuador in the semifinals before meeting Brazil in the third-place match.

Christian Pulisic led the U.S. with six goals in the tournament. He recorded a hat trick in the opener against China PR and scored one goal in each of the other two group matches and the quarterfinal match. Haji Wright contributed four goals to help pace the offense, also netting a hat trick against China.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Brazil
Date: Aug. 10, 2014
Competition: 3rd Copa Mexico de Naciones  (3rd Place Match)
Venue: Azteca
Kickoff: 10:06 a.m. local
Weather: 70 degrees

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

BRA – Evander Da Silva        26th minute    
BRA – Evander Da Silva        36       

Lineups:
USA: 12-Will Pulisic; 13-Edwin Lara, 5-Hugo Arellano, 15-Tanner Dieterich (17-Danny Barbir, 30), 2-Matt Olosunde; 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.) (8-Luca de la Torre, 43), 16-Tommy McCabe, 20-Alex Zendejas; 18-Josh Perez (10-Christian Pulisic, 36), 19-Elijah Rice (7-Haji Wright, 36), 14-McKinze Gaines
Subs not used: 1- Kevin Silva, Pierre Da Silva
Head Coach: Richie Williams

BRA: 1-Bruno Oliveira; 14-Alan Cardoso, 4-Jose Alves (capt.), 3-Ronaldo Rodrigues, 2-Kleber Leite; 13-Thiago Nasciemento (5-Lucas De Souza, 67), 7-Matheus Fernandes (17-Marco Oliveira, 36), 16-Andrey Ramos; 19-Evander Da Silva, 20-Luis Farinhas (9-Geovane Santana, 52), 10-Mauro Ferreira (11-Siqueira Ramon De Araujo, 52)
Subs not used: 8-Matheus Dos Anjos, 12-Juliano Marlon, 15-Ralph Machado, 18-Matheus Moresche
Head Coach: Caio Zanardi

**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 70 minutes**

U-17s Fall to Ecuador 2-1 in Copa Mexico de Naciones Semifinals

MEXICO CITY (Aug. 8, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team lost for the first time in the Copa Mexico de Naciones, dropping its semifinal matchup against Ecuador 2-1. With the loss, the U.S. plays Brazil in the third-place game on Sunday, Aug. 10.

After battling through a scoreless first half, the U.S. finally conceded a goal in the 59th minute as Ecuador took a 1-0 lead on Washington Corozo’s tally. Just seven minutes later, Jhoner Montezume converted a penalty kick to extend Ecuador’s lead to 2-0 after an Ecuador forward was taken down in the box.

The U.S. comeback attempt fell short, as Alex Zendejas put in a left-footed strike from the edge of the box in stoppage time but the U.S. failed to net an equalizer.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 National Team vs. Ecuador
Date: Aug. 8, 2014
Competition: 3rd Copa Mexico de Naciones Semifinal
Venue: CECAP Field No. 1; Mexico City
Kickoff: 10:06 a.m. local
Weather: 65 degrees

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F                                                         

USA                            0          1          1        
ECU                            0          2          2         

ECU – Washington Corozo                             59th minute
ECU – Jhoner Montezume (penalty)             66
USA – Alex Zendejas (Christian Pulisic)        70

Lineups:
USA: 1-Kevin Silva; 13-Edwin Lara, 17-Danny Barbir, 5-Hugo Arellano, 2- Matt Olosunde; 6-Eric Calvillo, 8-Luca de la Torre, 10-Christian Pulisic; 11-Pierre Da Silva (20-Alex Zendejas, 59), 7-Haji Wright, 18-Josh Perez (14-McKinze Gaines, 48)
Subs not used: 12-Will Pulisic, 15-Tanner Dieterich, 16-Tommy McCabe, 19-Elijah Rice
Head Coach: Richie Williams

ECU: 1-Jose Cevallos; 6-Jhoner Montezuma, 4-Francisco Obando, 3-Jose Quintero, 13-Byron Castillo; 10-Fabiano Tello (17-Pervis Estupinan, 70), 14-Renny Jaramillo, 16-Joao Montano, 8-Andy Casquete; 15-Jhoel Montano (9-Edgar Viviero, 36), 11-Jhon Pereira (7-Washington Corozo, 58)
Subs not used: 2-Victor Narvaez, 5-Juan Nazareno, 12-Gian Terreros, 18-Tana Bryan, 19-Ronaldo Villa, 20-Jean Pena
Head Coach: Javier Rodriguez

**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 70 minutes**

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.S. U-17s Win Group at Copa Mexico de Naciones with 2-1 Victory Over Paraguay

MEXICO CITY (Aug. 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. With the win, the U.S. swept the group to finish with nine points and punch its ticket to a quarterfinal matchup with Colombia on Wednesday, Aug. 6.

Haji Wright scored his fourth goal of the tournament in the 23rd minute to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead, finishing an assist from Luca de la Torre. Christian Pulisic extended the lead to 2-0 in the 34th minute on a Josh Perez assist. Pulisic scored in all three group matches, netting a hat trick against China PR in the opener and one each against Mexico 2 and Paraguay. Wright and Pulisic led the U.S. to the highest scoring output of any team in the group stage with a combined 10 goals.

Having clinched a spot in the quarterfinals already, the U.S. needed a win or a tie against Paraguay to take the top spot in Group C. Paraguay ended up in second place in the group with four points and will play Group D winner Portugal on Wednesday. Mexico 2 placed third with three points and China PR took fourth with one point. 

The U.S. now faces Colombia in Wednesday’s quarterfinal matchup. Colombia finished second in Group D with a 2-1-0 record. Colombia lost only to Group D winner Portugal. The quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinals on Friday, Aug. 8.

 

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

Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Paraguay
Date: Aug. 4, 2014
Competition: 3rd Copa Mexico de Naciones  
Venue: CECAP Field No. 2; Mexico City
Kickoff: 10 a.m. local
Weather: 65 degrees

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

USA – Haji Wright (Luca de la Torre)             23rd minute    
USA – Christian Pulisic (Josh Perez)             34
PAR – Jonathan Valiente                                3

Lineups:
USA: 1-Kevin Silva; 3-John Nelson (13-Edwin Lara, 62), 5-Hugo Arellano, 4-Alexis Velela (15-Tanner Dieterich, 36), 2-Matt Olosunde; 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.), 8-Luca de la Torre, 10-Christian Pulisic; 7-Haji Wright, 11-Pierre Da Silva (14-McKinze Gaines, 57), 18-Josh Perez
Subs not used: 12-Will Pulisic, 16-Tommy McCabe, 17-Danny Barbir, 19- Elijah Rice, 20-Alex Zendejas
Head Coach: Richie Williams 

PAR: 12-Oscar Meza; 4-Blas Riveros, 5-Elvis Echague, 3-Juan Ojeda, 2-Rodi David; 6-Arturo Aranda (capt.), 15-Jorge Morel, 18-Cristhian Paredes (7-Julio Villalba, 56); 10-David Colman (17-Gill, 68), 19-Jonathan Valiente, 8-Richard Toledo (14-Luis Gimenez, 56)
Subs not used: 1-Blas Aguilar, 9-Carlos Ferreira, 11-Hector Santander, 13-Carlos Paredes, 16-Fernando Lomaquis, 20-Angelo Orue
Head Coach: Carlos De Los Santos 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Haji Wright (caution)                            6th minute
PAR – Jorge Morel (caution)                          17 

Officials:
Referee: Michel Caballero Galicia
Assistant Referee 1: Enrique Martìnez Sandoval
Assistant Referee 2: Angel Francisco Hernandez Alcantara
Fourth Official: Adalid Maganda Villalva

**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 70 minutes**

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.S. U-17 MNT Clinches Quarterfinal Spot in Copa Mexico with 2-0 Win Against Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Aug. 3, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team won its second game at the Copa Mexico de Naciones in Mexico City, beating Mexico’s second squad 2-0 to sit atop Group C with six points. With its second tournament win, the USA has already clinched a spot in Wednesday’s quarterfinals.

Mexico fielded a second team in the tournament because of the late withdrawal by Argentina due to the death of Julio Gondona, the late President of the Argentine Football Association. Mexico 2 joined Group C with the United States, China PR and Paraguay.

After recording a hat trick in the opener against China PR, Christian Pulisic scored his fourth goal of the group stage. His second-minute tally put the U.S. up early and would prove to be the game-winner. Haji Wright, who also recorded a hat trick against China PR, assisted Pulisic on the goal. McKinze Gaines scored an insurance goal in the 24th minute, with Matt Olosunde assisting.

Copa Mexico games are 70 minutes in length.

The U.S. has now scored eight goals and surrendered none in its two victories. Paraguay holds second place in Group C with four points, setting up a deciding match between the U.S. and Paraguay in the group finale on Monday, Aug. 4, to determine the group’s top spot. China PR has one point and Mexico 2 has none.

Following the group stage and Wednesday’s quarterfinals, the tournament semifinals take place on Friday and the final and third-place games will be held on Sunday.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs Mexico 2
Date: Aug. 3, 2014
Competition: 3rd Copa Mexico de Naciones  
Venue: CECAP Field No. 1; Mexico City, Mexico
Kickoff: 12 p.m. local
Weather: 70 degrees

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

USA – Christian Pulisic (Haji Wright)            2nd minute      
USA – McKinze Gaines (Matt Olosunde)     24

Lineups:

USA: 12-Will Pulisic; 3-John Nelson (5-Hugo Arellano, 36), 17-Danny Barbir, 15-Tanner Dieterich, 2-Matt Olosunde (4-Alexis Velela, 36); 16-Tommy McCabe, 20-Alex Zendejas, 10-Christian Pulisic (capt.) (8-Luca de la Torre, 36); 11-Pierre Da Silva, 7-Haji Wright (18-Josh Perez, 36), 14-McKinze Gaines
Subs not used: 1-Kevin Silva, 6-Eric Calvillo
Head Coach: Richie Williams

MEX 2: 1-Gustavo Soto; 3-Oscar De La Mora (16-Elgar Medina, 27), 5-Jose Ibarra (capt.), 4-Oswaldo Leon, 14-Edgar Hernandez; 8-Luis Gonzalez, 10-Diego Padilla, 6- Jose Hernandez, 2-Christian Vazquez, 13-Mario Briceno, 7-Leopoldo Cortes
Subs not used: 9-Fernando Dammann, 11-Nestor Monroy, 12-Luis Herrera, 15-Diego Garibay, 16-Elgar Medina, 17-Rolando Marino, 18-Pedro Dammann, 19-Pablo Leyva, 20-Gerardo Ramirez
Head Coach: Enrique Contreras

Misconduct Summary:
MEX 2 – Jose Ibarra (caution)           29th minute

Officials:
Referee: Marco Antonio Ortiz Nava
Assistant Referee 1: Enedina Caudillo Gómez
Assistant Referee 2: Michel Alejandro Morales Morales
Fourth Official: Victor Alfonso Caceres Hernandez

**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 70 minutes**

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.S. U-17s Win Opener of Copa Mexico de Naciones Over China PR 6-0

MEXICO CITY (Aug. 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.

Pulisic and Wright each netted a first-half goal in the 70-minute game to put the U.S. up 2-0 at halftime. Both poured in two each in the second half to put the game out of reach and lead the scoring outburst.

Wright is the USA’s leading goal scorer in this cycle, having now tallied 16 goals in 12 international U-17 games.

The opener was on the same day as the U-17’s fifth-place game of the Open Nordic Tournament in Denmark, a 4-3 loss to Finland. Four players who were on the Open Nordic Tournament roster are also on the roster for the Copa Mexico de Naciones: goalkeeper William Pulisic, defender Edwin Lara and forwards McKinze Gaines and Elijah Rice.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. China PR
Date: Aug. 2, 2014
Competition: 3rd Copa Mexico de Naciones
Venue: CECAP Field No. 2; Mexico City, Mexico
Kickoff: 10 a.m. local
Weather: 72 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1  2  F
USA                        2  4  6
China                       0  0  0

USA – Christian Pulisic                        20th minute
USA – Haji Wright (Joe Gallardo)       28
USA – Christian Pulisic (Haji Wright)   42
USA – Christian Pulisic                        57
USA – Haji Wright (Pierre Da Silva)    58
USA – Haji Wright (Matt Olosunde)    61

Lineups:
USA: 1-Kevin Silva; 3-John Nelson, 5-Hugo Arellano, 4-Alexis Velela (15-Tanner Dieterich, 58), 2-Matt Olosunde; 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.) (16-Tommy McCabe, 58), 8-Luca de la Torre, 10-Christian Pulisic (20-Alex Zendejas, 58); 7-Haji Wright, 9-Joe Gallardo (11-Pierre Da Silva, 58), 18-Josh Perez
Subs not used: 12-Will Pulisic, 14-McKinze Gaines
Head Coach: Richie Williams

CHN: 1-Chen Zirong (12-Li Guanxi, 56); 3-Xie Xiaofan, 14-Zhou Xin (capt.), 23-Yan Ziran, 17-Zhao Zeyu; 19-Lin Zefeng, 17-Zhao Zeyu (5-Guo Tianyu, 50), 7-Zhang Huachen, 11-Nie Meng (26-Xie Zhiwei, 51); 20-Duan Liuyu
Subs not used: 15-ZangLiming, 21-Liu Weicheng, 25-Zhao Shijie, 30-Jin Ziyang
Head Coach: Cui Yongli

Misconduct Summary:
CHN – Yan Ziran (caution)       35th minute
USA – Eric Calvillo (caution)    41
CHN – Chen Zirong (ejection)  54

Officials:
Referee: Victor Alfonso Caceres Hernandez
Assistant Referee: Adrian Bazan Lopez
Assistant Referee: Carlos Rodrigo Arroyo Cruz
Fourth Official: Reinhold Enrique Ortiz Tienda

**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 70 minutes**

Richie Williams Names 29 Players to U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team 2014 Fall Residency Roster

CHICAGO (Sept. 2, 2014) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has invited 29 players to the 2014 Fall Semester of the U.S. U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida.

Twenty players return from the 2014 Spring Semester. The nine newcomers include defenders Tyler Adams and Miles Stray, midfielders Keegan Kelly and Luka Prpa, and forwards Lucas Del Rosario, Ronaldo Escudero, Joe Gallardo, Lagos Kunga and Nick Taitague.

Gallardo is the leading goal scorer on the roster with nine tallies in 11 games with the U-17s. He has four goals and three assists in seven matches in 2014. The most-capped player among this roster at the U-17 level is defender Hugo Arellano, who has played in 16 internationals, including 13 games in 2014.

This group features 26 players who are currently registered with clubs in U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy.

The U-17s recently competed in the Nordic Tournament and the third Copa Mexico, and 24 of the players on the Fall Residency roster played in either one of these tournaments or both.

The next major event for the U.S. U-17 MNT is the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. The tournament, hosted by Honduras from Feb. 27-March 14, serves as the qualification process for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup from May 30-June 20 in New Zealand.

About the U-17 Residency Program:
The U.S. players live on campus at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, and train in the morning under the guidance of the U.S. U-17 MNT coaching staff. In the afternoon, the players attend classes at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. While in the full-time residency program, the U.S. not only trains daily, but also has access to the IMG Academy facilities. The team regularly uses IMG’s state-of-the-art strength-training facilities, as well as some of the nation’s best sports psychologists who work at the Academy. The IMG Academies include top-of-the-line soccer equipment, Bermuda grass fields, renovated student housing and dining facilities.

Since its inception, approximately 400 players have been through the full-time Residency Program, and more than 100 players have moved on to Major League Soccer and other professional leagues.

The first full-time U.S. Soccer Residency Program began on Jan. 17, 1999, when U.S. Soccer collected 20 of the country’s elite youth players to train year-round.

U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy Academy; Westminster, Calif.), William Pulisic (Richmond United; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (9): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Nikkye De Point (Empire Revolution; Rochester, N.Y.), Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake AZ; Nashville, Tenn.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo.), Miles Stray (Real Salt Lake AZ; Point Reyes, Calif.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): 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.), Weston McKennie (FC Dallas Academy; Little Elm, Texas), Luka Prpa (Chicago Magic PSG; Wind Lake, Wis.), Brian Zelaya (De Anza Force; San Mateo, Calif.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (9): Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club; Port Chester, N.Y.), Lucas Del Rosario (Capital Area RailHawks – CASL; Durham, N.C.), Ronaldo Escudero (Pateadores; Placentia, Calif.), McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Joe Gallardo (Monterrey; San Diego, Calif.), Lagos Kunga (DDYSC 98 Wolves Elite; Atlanta, Ga.), Eric Matzelevich (Bethesda-Olney; Washington, D.C.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.), Nick Taitague (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.)

U.S. U-17s Finish Fourth in Copa Mexico Following 2-0 Loss to Brazil

MEXICO CITY (Aug. 10, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team took fourth place in the Copa Mexico de Naciones, losing 2-0 in the third-place match to Brazil. It was the first time the U.S. offense was held scoreless in the tournament.

Brazil’s Evander Da Silva recorded a brace and provided all the scoring to lead Brazil, netting his first in the 26th minute and scoring again in the 36th minute.

After sweeping Group C and winning its quarterfinal matchup, the U.S. fell to Ecuador in the semifinals before meeting Brazil in the third-place match.

Christian Pulisic led the U.S. with six goals in the tournament. He recorded a hat trick in the opener against China PR and scored one goal in each of the other two group matches and the quarterfinal match. Haji Wright contributed four goals to help pace the offense, also netting a hat trick against China.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Brazil
Date: Aug. 10, 2014
Competition: 3rd Copa Mexico de Naciones  (3rd Place Match)
Venue: Azteca
Kickoff: 10:06 a.m. local
Weather: 70 degrees

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

BRA – Evander Da Silva        26th minute    
BRA – Evander Da Silva        36       

Lineups:
USA: 12-Will Pulisic; 13-Edwin Lara, 5-Hugo Arellano, 15-Tanner Dieterich (17-Danny Barbir, 30), 2-Matt Olosunde; 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.) (8-Luca de la Torre, 43), 16-Tommy McCabe, 20-Alex Zendejas; 18-Josh Perez (10-Christian Pulisic, 36), 19-Elijah Rice (7-Haji Wright, 36), 14-McKinze Gaines
Subs not used: 1- Kevin Silva, Pierre Da Silva
Head Coach: Richie Williams

BRA: 1-Bruno Oliveira; 14-Alan Cardoso, 4-Jose Alves (capt.), 3-Ronaldo Rodrigues, 2-Kleber Leite; 13-Thiago Nasciemento (5-Lucas De Souza, 67), 7-Matheus Fernandes (17-Marco Oliveira, 36), 16-Andrey Ramos; 19-Evander Da Silva, 20-Luis Farinhas (9-Geovane Santana, 52), 10-Mauro Ferreira (11-Siqueira Ramon De Araujo, 52)
Subs not used: 8-Matheus Dos Anjos, 12-Juliano Marlon, 15-Ralph Machado, 18-Matheus Moresche
Head Coach: Caio Zanardi

**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 70 minutes**

U-17s Fall to Ecuador 2-1 in Copa Mexico de Naciones Semifinals

MEXICO CITY (Aug. 8, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team lost for the first time in the Copa Mexico de Naciones, dropping its semifinal matchup against Ecuador 2-1. With the loss, the U.S. plays Brazil in the third-place game on Sunday, Aug. 10.

After battling through a scoreless first half, the U.S. finally conceded a goal in the 59th minute as Ecuador took a 1-0 lead on Washington Corozo’s tally. Just seven minutes later, Jhoner Montezume converted a penalty kick to extend Ecuador’s lead to 2-0 after an Ecuador forward was taken down in the box.

The U.S. comeback attempt fell short, as Alex Zendejas put in a left-footed strike from the edge of the box in stoppage time but the U.S. failed to net an equalizer.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 National Team vs. Ecuador
Date: Aug. 8, 2014
Competition: 3rd Copa Mexico de Naciones Semifinal
Venue: CECAP Field No. 1; Mexico City
Kickoff: 10:06 a.m. local
Weather: 65 degrees

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F                                                         

USA                            0          1          1        
ECU                            0          2          2         

ECU – Washington Corozo                             59th minute
ECU – Jhoner Montezume (penalty)             66
USA – Alex Zendejas (Christian Pulisic)        70

Lineups:
USA: 1-Kevin Silva; 13-Edwin Lara, 17-Danny Barbir, 5-Hugo Arellano, 2- Matt Olosunde; 6-Eric Calvillo, 8-Luca de la Torre, 10-Christian Pulisic; 11-Pierre Da Silva (20-Alex Zendejas, 59), 7-Haji Wright, 18-Josh Perez (14-McKinze Gaines, 48)
Subs not used: 12-Will Pulisic, 15-Tanner Dieterich, 16-Tommy McCabe, 19-Elijah Rice
Head Coach: Richie Williams

ECU: 1-Jose Cevallos; 6-Jhoner Montezuma, 4-Francisco Obando, 3-Jose Quintero, 13-Byron Castillo; 10-Fabiano Tello (17-Pervis Estupinan, 70), 14-Renny Jaramillo, 16-Joao Montano, 8-Andy Casquete; 15-Jhoel Montano (9-Edgar Viviero, 36), 11-Jhon Pereira (7-Washington Corozo, 58)
Subs not used: 2-Victor Narvaez, 5-Juan Nazareno, 12-Gian Terreros, 18-Tana Bryan, 19-Ronaldo Villa, 20-Jean Pena
Head Coach: Javier Rodriguez

**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 70 minutes**

U.S. U-17s Win Group at Copa Mexico de Naciones with 2-1 Victory Over Paraguay

MEXICO CITY (Aug. 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. With the win, the U.S. swept the group to finish with nine points and punch its ticket to a quarterfinal matchup with Colombia on Wednesday, Aug. 6.

Haji Wright scored his fourth goal of the tournament in the 23rd minute to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead, finishing an assist from Luca de la Torre. Christian Pulisic extended the lead to 2-0 in the 34th minute on a Josh Perez assist. Pulisic scored in all three group matches, netting a hat trick against China PR in the opener and one each against Mexico 2 and Paraguay. Wright and Pulisic led the U.S. to the highest scoring output of any team in the group stage with a combined 10 goals.

Having clinched a spot in the quarterfinals already, the U.S. needed a win or a tie against Paraguay to take the top spot in Group C. Paraguay ended up in second place in the group with four points and will play Group D winner Portugal on Wednesday. Mexico 2 placed third with three points and China PR took fourth with one point. 

The U.S. now faces Colombia in Wednesday’s quarterfinal matchup. Colombia finished second in Group D with a 2-1-0 record. Colombia lost only to Group D winner Portugal. The quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinals on Friday, Aug. 8.

 

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

Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Paraguay
Date: Aug. 4, 2014
Competition: 3rd Copa Mexico de Naciones  
Venue: CECAP Field No. 2; Mexico City
Kickoff: 10 a.m. local
Weather: 65 degrees

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

USA – Haji Wright (Luca de la Torre)             23rd minute    
USA – Christian Pulisic (Josh Perez)             34
PAR – Jonathan Valiente                                3

Lineups:
USA: 1-Kevin Silva; 3-John Nelson (13-Edwin Lara, 62), 5-Hugo Arellano, 4-Alexis Velela (15-Tanner Dieterich, 36), 2-Matt Olosunde; 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.), 8-Luca de la Torre, 10-Christian Pulisic; 7-Haji Wright, 11-Pierre Da Silva (14-McKinze Gaines, 57), 18-Josh Perez
Subs not used: 12-Will Pulisic, 16-Tommy McCabe, 17-Danny Barbir, 19- Elijah Rice, 20-Alex Zendejas
Head Coach: Richie Williams 

PAR: 12-Oscar Meza; 4-Blas Riveros, 5-Elvis Echague, 3-Juan Ojeda, 2-Rodi David; 6-Arturo Aranda (capt.), 15-Jorge Morel, 18-Cristhian Paredes (7-Julio Villalba, 56); 10-David Colman (17-Gill, 68), 19-Jonathan Valiente, 8-Richard Toledo (14-Luis Gimenez, 56)
Subs not used: 1-Blas Aguilar, 9-Carlos Ferreira, 11-Hector Santander, 13-Carlos Paredes, 16-Fernando Lomaquis, 20-Angelo Orue
Head Coach: Carlos De Los Santos 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Haji Wright (caution)                            6th minute
PAR – Jorge Morel (caution)                          17 

Officials:
Referee: Michel Caballero Galicia
Assistant Referee 1: Enrique Martìnez Sandoval
Assistant Referee 2: Angel Francisco Hernandez Alcantara
Fourth Official: Adalid Maganda Villalva

**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 70 minutes**

U.S. U-17 MNT Clinches Quarterfinal Spot in Copa Mexico with 2-0 Win Against Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Aug. 3, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team won its second game at the Copa Mexico de Naciones in Mexico City, beating Mexico’s second squad 2-0 to sit atop Group C with six points. With its second tournament win, the USA has already clinched a spot in Wednesday’s quarterfinals.

Mexico fielded a second team in the tournament because of the late withdrawal by Argentina due to the death of Julio Gondona, the late President of the Argentine Football Association. Mexico 2 joined Group C with the United States, China PR and Paraguay.

After recording a hat trick in the opener against China PR, Christian Pulisic scored his fourth goal of the group stage. His second-minute tally put the U.S. up early and would prove to be the game-winner. Haji Wright, who also recorded a hat trick against China PR, assisted Pulisic on the goal. McKinze Gaines scored an insurance goal in the 24th minute, with Matt Olosunde assisting.

Copa Mexico games are 70 minutes in length.

The U.S. has now scored eight goals and surrendered none in its two victories. Paraguay holds second place in Group C with four points, setting up a deciding match between the U.S. and Paraguay in the group finale on Monday, Aug. 4, to determine the group’s top spot. China PR has one point and Mexico 2 has none.

Following the group stage and Wednesday’s quarterfinals, the tournament semifinals take place on Friday and the final and third-place games will be held on Sunday.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs Mexico 2
Date: Aug. 3, 2014
Competition: 3rd Copa Mexico de Naciones  
Venue: CECAP Field No. 1; Mexico City, Mexico
Kickoff: 12 p.m. local
Weather: 70 degrees

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

USA – Christian Pulisic (Haji Wright)            2nd minute      
USA – McKinze Gaines (Matt Olosunde)     24

Lineups:

USA: 12-Will Pulisic; 3-John Nelson (5-Hugo Arellano, 36), 17-Danny Barbir, 15-Tanner Dieterich, 2-Matt Olosunde (4-Alexis Velela, 36); 16-Tommy McCabe, 20-Alex Zendejas, 10-Christian Pulisic (capt.) (8-Luca de la Torre, 36); 11-Pierre Da Silva, 7-Haji Wright (18-Josh Perez, 36), 14-McKinze Gaines
Subs not used: 1-Kevin Silva, 6-Eric Calvillo
Head Coach: Richie Williams

MEX 2: 1-Gustavo Soto; 3-Oscar De La Mora (16-Elgar Medina, 27), 5-Jose Ibarra (capt.), 4-Oswaldo Leon, 14-Edgar Hernandez; 8-Luis Gonzalez, 10-Diego Padilla, 6- Jose Hernandez, 2-Christian Vazquez, 13-Mario Briceno, 7-Leopoldo Cortes
Subs not used: 9-Fernando Dammann, 11-Nestor Monroy, 12-Luis Herrera, 15-Diego Garibay, 16-Elgar Medina, 17-Rolando Marino, 18-Pedro Dammann, 19-Pablo Leyva, 20-Gerardo Ramirez
Head Coach: Enrique Contreras

Misconduct Summary:
MEX 2 – Jose Ibarra (caution)           29th minute

Officials:
Referee: Marco Antonio Ortiz Nava
Assistant Referee 1: Enedina Caudillo Gómez
Assistant Referee 2: Michel Alejandro Morales Morales
Fourth Official: Victor Alfonso Caceres Hernandez

**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 70 minutes**

U.S. U-17s Win Opener of Copa Mexico de Naciones Over China PR 6-0

MEXICO CITY (Aug. 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.

Pulisic and Wright each netted a first-half goal in the 70-minute game to put the U.S. up 2-0 at halftime. Both poured in two each in the second half to put the game out of reach and lead the scoring outburst.

Wright is the USA’s leading goal scorer in this cycle, having now tallied 16 goals in 12 international U-17 games.

The opener was on the same day as the U-17’s fifth-place game of the Open Nordic Tournament in Denmark, a 4-3 loss to Finland. Four players who were on the Open Nordic Tournament roster are also on the roster for the Copa Mexico de Naciones: goalkeeper William Pulisic, defender Edwin Lara and forwards McKinze Gaines and Elijah Rice.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. China PR
Date: Aug. 2, 2014
Competition: 3rd Copa Mexico de Naciones
Venue: CECAP Field No. 2; Mexico City, Mexico
Kickoff: 10 a.m. local
Weather: 72 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1  2  F
USA                        2  4  6
China                       0  0  0

USA – Christian Pulisic                        20th minute
USA – Haji Wright (Joe Gallardo)       28
USA – Christian Pulisic (Haji Wright)   42
USA – Christian Pulisic                        57
USA – Haji Wright (Pierre Da Silva)    58
USA – Haji Wright (Matt Olosunde)    61

Lineups:
USA: 1-Kevin Silva; 3-John Nelson, 5-Hugo Arellano, 4-Alexis Velela (15-Tanner Dieterich, 58), 2-Matt Olosunde; 6-Eric Calvillo (capt.) (16-Tommy McCabe, 58), 8-Luca de la Torre, 10-Christian Pulisic (20-Alex Zendejas, 58); 7-Haji Wright, 9-Joe Gallardo (11-Pierre Da Silva, 58), 18-Josh Perez
Subs not used: 12-Will Pulisic, 14-McKinze Gaines
Head Coach: Richie Williams

CHN: 1-Chen Zirong (12-Li Guanxi, 56); 3-Xie Xiaofan, 14-Zhou Xin (capt.), 23-Yan Ziran, 17-Zhao Zeyu; 19-Lin Zefeng, 17-Zhao Zeyu (5-Guo Tianyu, 50), 7-Zhang Huachen, 11-Nie Meng (26-Xie Zhiwei, 51); 20-Duan Liuyu
Subs not used: 15-ZangLiming, 21-Liu Weicheng, 25-Zhao Shijie, 30-Jin Ziyang
Head Coach: Cui Yongli

Misconduct Summary:
CHN – Yan Ziran (caution)       35th minute
USA – Eric Calvillo (caution)    41
CHN – Chen Zirong (ejection)  54

Officials:
Referee: Victor Alfonso Caceres Hernandez
Assistant Referee: Adrian Bazan Lopez
Assistant Referee: Carlos Rodrigo Arroyo Cruz
Fourth Official: Reinhold Enrique Ortiz Tienda

**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 70 minutes**

U.S. Takes Sixth at Open Nordic Tournament After 4-3 Loss to Finland

NORRE AABY, Denmark (Aug. 2, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team fell to Finland 4-3 on Saturday at Norre Aaby Stadium to take sixth place at the 2014 Open Nordic Tournament. The U.S. finished with a 1-3-0 record in the event.

The U.S. trailed 3-0 at the end of the first half and gave up an early second-half goal to go down by four. However, the USA managed to muster a significant response to work its way back into the game.

Logan Panchot sparked the U.S. attack when he scored in the 56th minute, followed by Elijah Rice’s tally in the 60th to give the U-17s some hope. George Braima’s goal in the 70th minute cut Finland’s lead to 4-3, but the U.S. failed to net an equalizer in the final 10 minutes.

With the end of the Open Nordic Tournament, the U.S. U-17 MNT now turns its attention to the Copa Mexico de Naciones. Four players who were on the Open Nordic Tournament roster are also on the roster for the Copa Mexico de Naciones: goalkeeper William Pulisic, defender Edwin Lara and forwards McKinze Gaines and Rice.

The tournament begins today, Aug. 2, against China PR in Mexico City.

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

Match: United States Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Finland
Date: Aug. 2, 2014
Competition: Open Nordic Tournament  
Venue: Norre Aaby Stadium; Norre Aaby, Denmark
Kickoff: 12 p.m. local
Weather: 76 degrees

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

FIN – Ansu Sherrif                    13th minute
FIN – Otto Lahikainen (penalty)           18
FIN – Mikael Soisalo                31
FIN – Benjamin Kallman         46
USA – Logan Panchot             56
USA – Elijah Rice                    60
USA – George Braima             70

Lineups:

USA: 12-Eric Lopez; 3-Edwin Lara, 4-Nikkye De Point, 16-Miles Stray, 14-Tyler Adams; 21-Brian Zelaya, 20-George Braima (capt.), 8-Jonathan Gonzalez (2-Logan Panchot, 52); 7-Elijah Rice, 9- Kai Koreniuk (13-Eric Matzelevich, 58), 10-Keegan Kelly
Subs not used: 6-Kyle Gurrieri, 15-AJ Palazzolo, 24-Weston McKennie
Head Coach: Richie Williams

FIN: 1-Hugo Keto; 5-Aapo Maenpaa (4-William Lindqvist, 76), 2-Kalle Salmi, 3-Aapo Halme (capt.), 18-Oskar Sandstrom (13-Saikou Ceesay, 15); 17-Ansu Sherrif (9-Benjamin Kallman, 41), 8-Omar Jama, 14-Niilo Maenpaa, 15-Mikko Jalkanen (6-Kaan Kairinen,41); 7-Mikael Soisalo (11-Lassi Lappalainen, 57), 16-Otto Lahikainen (10-Lucas Lingman, 57)
Subs not used: 12-Felix Ferahyan
Head Coach: Kimmo Lipponen

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Miles Stray (caution)     44th minute
USA – Tyler Adams (caution)   80

Officials:
Referee: Ivar Kristjansson
Assistant Referee: Helgi Guomundson
Assistant Referee: Jan Hermansen
Fourth Official: Kari Hovdanum

**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 80 minutes**

U-17 MNT Blanks Faroe Islands 4-0 at Open Nordic Tournament

KOLDING, Denmark (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.

With the victory, the U.S. U-17 MNT moves on to the tournament’s fifth-place game against Finland on Saturday, Aug. 2.

After dropping its first two games of the Open Nordic Tournament, the U.S. offense found its groove with three goals in the first 21 minutes. Koreniuk’s fourth-minute goal would prove to be the game-winner, and Gaines followed that up with a first-half brace, scoring in the 14th and 21st minutes.

With the match out of reach for Faroe Islands, Matzelevich capped off the scoring with the game’s final goal in the 82nd minute.

The U.S. U-17 MNT has a split squad competing at two different international tournaments. With one group competing in Saturday’s Open Nordic Tournament placement game, the other half of the U-17 squad opens the third Copa Mexico de Naciones against China PR later that day in Mexico City.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Faroe Islands
Date: July 31, 2014
Competition: Open Nordic Tournament  
Venue: Mosevej Stadium; Kolding, Denmark
Kickoff: 3 p.m. local
Weather: 73 degrees

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                             
USA                             3          1          4
Faroe Islands                0          0          0

USA – Kai Koreniuk                   4th minute
USA – McKinze Gaines              14
USA – McKinze Gaines              21
USA – Eric Matzelevich              82

Lineups:

USA: 12-Eric Lopez; 2-Logan Panchot, 15-AJ Palazzolo (4-Nikkye De Point, 41), 16-Miles Stray, 14-Tyler Adams (21-Brian Zelaya, 41); 6-Kyle Gurrieri (10-Keegan Kelly, 60), 20-George Braima (capt.), 8-Jonathan Gonzalez; 11-McKinze Gaines, 9-Kai Koreniuk (13-Eric Matzelevich, 60), 24-Weston McKennie
Subs not used: 1-William Pulisic, 3-Edwin Lara, 7-Elijah Rice
Head Coach: Richie Williams

FRO: 1-Roi Zachariasen (16-Silas Eyosteinsson, 41); 18-Eyostein Zachariasen, 5-Olavur Niclasen, 17-Johann Gaardbo, 2-Ari Olsen; 6-Svein Magnussen, 10-Jakup Andreasen (12-Paetur Petersen, 55), 14-Johan Hognesen, 8-Petur Knudsen (13-Jannik Olsen, 78); 9-Teit Jacobsen (capt.), 11-Janus Samuelsen (15-Hannes Agnarsson, 62)
Subs not used: 3-Fannhard Skoradal, 4-Bjarni Petersen, 7-Adrian Justinusen
Head Coach: Aki Johansen

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Logan Panchot (caution)              44th minute

Officials:
Referee: Petri Vijanen
Assistant Referee: Jarno Kiistala
Assistant Referee: Michael Salisbury
Fourth Official: James Adcock

**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 80 minutes**

CONCACAF Announces Honduras as Host of 2015 U-17 Championship

CHICAGO (July 29, 2014) – CONCACAF announced that Honduras will host the 2015 U-17 Championship with the tournament set to take place in February. The CONCACAF Championship will qualify four teams for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.

The tournament will take place in the city of San Pedro Sula at Estadio Olimpico and Estadio General Francisco Morazan. Both stadiums will host group stage matches and Estadio Olimpico will host the final rounds, culminating with the final on March 14.

The field will consist of 12 teams, including five from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), four from the Central American Football Union (UNCAF) and three from North America. The format for the 2015 CONCACAF Championship has been altered to increase development and competition by playing more matches, with 33 total games over 11 match days.

The teams will be divided into two groups of six and will play a round-robin format in the group stage. The winners of each group automatically qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup and will square off for the championship. The second- and third-place teams from each group will then be pooled into a group and reseeded. The top team will play the fourth seed, and the second- and third-seed will meet. The winner of each match will also earn a trip to Chile for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Mexico is the defending CONCACAF Champion, having won the tournament in 2013 in Panama and taking second in the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Mexico won the U-17 World Cup title in 2011.

2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship
Dates
: Feb. 27-March 14, 2015
Location
: San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Stadiums
: Estadio Olímpico and Estadio General Francisco Morazán
Participating Teams
: 12 (Caribbean Football Union, 5), Central American Football Union, 4), North America, 3)
Number of teams qualifying to the FIFA World Cup
: 4
Format
: The twelve (12) teams shall be divided into a group stage consisting of two (2) groups (A, B) of six (6) teams each. The group winners qualify automatically for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile. The second- and third-place teams from each group are reseeded by group stage results, with the top team of the four facing the fourth-best team, and the second-best finisher facing the third-best. The winner of each of those two matches also advances to the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

U.S. U-17s Fall 2-0 to Denmark in First Match of Open Nordic Tournament

KOLDING, Denmark (July 28, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team gave up two first-half goals and fell 2-0 to Denmark in the first game of the Open Nordic Tournament at Mosevej Stadium.

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.

The U.S. is currently playing with a split squad, as the USA is also participating in the upcoming Copa Mexico de Naciones. The U.S. opens play in Mexico City against China PR on Aug. 2.

The U-17 MNT resumes play in the Open Nordic Tournament on Tuesday against Norway.


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

Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Denmark
Date: July 28, 2014
Competition: Open Nordic Tournament  
Venue: Mosevej Stadium, Kolding
Kickoff: 6 p.m. local
Weather: 85 degrees 

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

DEN – Mark Christensen            4th minute
DEN – Marco Ramkilde             28 

Lineups:

USA: 1-William Pulisic; 3-Edwin Lara, 4-Nikkye De Point, 15-AJ Palazzolo, 2-Logan Panchot (capt.); 8-Jonathan Gonzalez (14-Tyler Adams, 54), 6-Kyle Gurrieri (20-George Braima, 54), 10-Keegan Kelly (24-Weston McKennie, 67); 11-McKinze Gaines, 9-Kai Koreniuk (13-Eric Matzelevich, 54), 7-Elijah Rice
Subs not used: 12- Eric Lopez, 16-Miles Stray, 21-Brian Zelaya
Head Coach: Richie Williams 

DEN: 1-Oscar Hedvall; 13-Gonzalo Jorgensen (5-Mark Petersen, 58), 2-Oskar Buur, 3-Adnan Curovic, 18-Andreas Sorensen (4-Jeppe Schultz, 80); 11-Jacob Larsen, 6-Alexander Hansen (12-Agon Mucolli, 41), 8-Mark Christensen (capt.) (14-Mathias Bonde, 72), 17-Nicklas Rojkjaer, 10-Nikolai Laursen (7-Nikolaj Kirk, 58); 9-Marco Ramkilde, (15-Mathias Laursen, 58)
Subs not used: 16- Jacob Larsen
Head Coach: Jan Michaelsen 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Jonathan Gonzalez (caution)        43rd minute
USA – Tyler Adams (caution)                  62

Officials:
Referee: Nermin Cisic
Assistant Referee 1: Conny Hugman
Assistant Referee 2: Erik Hegstad
Fourth Official: Kristoffer Hagenes 

**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 80 minutes**

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.

Academy and YNT Benefit from Head-to-Head Duels

A unique element of the 2013-14 Development Academy season has been the opportunity to reward some of the top Academy programs with matchups against the U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team and U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team. U.S. Soccer Technical Advisors and players discussed the twofold benefits from this experience – the YNT squads having the chance to play against older U-15/16 and U-17/18 Academy players, and the Academy clubs earning the chance to face top Youth National Team talent during the 2013 Academy Winter Showcase.
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