SVITAVY, Czech Republic (Aug. 19, 2015) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team bounced back in the Vaclav Jezek Tournament with a 1-1 draw against Slovenia.
Alejandro Zendejas scored the opening goal of the game. Haji Wright was the architect and he bent in a perfect cross that Zendejas jumped to head home in the 17ht minute. The U.S. maintained the lead for much of the match, but Slovenia broke through late with an 85th minute stunner that tied the game.
With the draw, the U-17’s group record moves to 0-1-1 in the tournament. The team plays its final group game against Slovakia on Aug. 21.
-U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report-
Match: United States U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Slovenia
Date: Aug. 19, 2015
Competition: 22nd International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek
Venue: Svitavy; Czech Republic
Kickoff: 9 a.m. ET local (5 pm local)
Weather: 61 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 0 1
SVN 0 1 1
USA Alejandro Zendejas (Haji Wright) 17th minute
SVN Jan Mlakar 85
USA: 12-Kevin Silva; 3-John Nelson (4-Hugo Arellano, 46), 15-Auston Trusty, 14-Tanner Dieterich, 13-Reginald Cannon; 16-Tommy McCabe, 18-Eric Calvillo, 10-Christian Pulisic (8-Luca de la Torre, 46); 17-Haji Wright, 19-Joe Gallardo (7-Josh Perez, 62), 20-Alejandro Zendejas
Subs Not Used: 1-Will Pulisic, 5-Daniel Barbir, 2-Alexis Velela; 6-Tyler Adams, 9-Brandon Vazquez, 11-Pierre Da Silva
Head Coach: Richie Williams
SVN: 1-Rok Vodisek; 2-Sandi Coralic, 3-Sven Sostaric- Karic, 16-Janez Pisek, 17-Matija Rom; 4-Sandi Ogrinec (21-Nejc Pusnik, 67), 18-Rok Buzinel, 10-Dejan Petrovic (19-Luka Kambic, 81); 14-Kristjan Sredojevic (8-Matic Ficko, 53), 9-Jan Mlakar (capt.), 20-Gaber Petric (11-Luka Stor, 67)
Subs Not Used: 7-Jakob Novak,12-Igor Vekic, 13-Tilen Pecnik
Head Coach: Igor Benedejcic
USA-Hugo Arellano (Caution) 58th minute
SVN-Nejc Pusnik (Caution) 67
Head Referee: Brychta Ondrej
Referee 2: Raplik Lukas
Referee 3: Horinek Lukas
CHICAGO (Aug. 13, 2015) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has named a 20-player roster that will head to Pardubice, Czech Republic, for the 2015 U-17 International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek, which runs from Aug. 14-22.
The U-17’s begin play on Tuesday, Aug. 18, when they face Russia. The team will play again the following day on Aug. 19 against Slovenia and will conclude group play on Aug. 21 against Slovakia. The opponent for a final placement game, which will be played on Saturday, Aug. 22, will be determined following the conclusion of group play.
The U.S. competed with its U-18 team in this tournament a year ago, and defeated Ukraine 1-0 to take the title.
The trip will serve as part of the U-17’s continued preparation for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile, where the team has been grouped with Nigeria, Croatia and Chile. The USA kicks off with the first game of that tournament on Oct. 17.
Nineteen players on the roster have ties to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): William Pulisic (Richmond United; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (7): Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Danny Barbir (West Bromwich Albion; Allentown, Pa.), Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake Academy; Nashville, Tenn.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union Academy; Media, Pa.), Alexis Velela (New York Cosmos; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls II; Wappinger Falls, N.Y.), Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Luca de la Torre (Fulham; San Diego, Calif.), Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy; South Orange, N.J.), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund; Hershey, Pa.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (5): Pierre da Silva (Orlando City SC Academy; Port Chester, N.Y.), Joe Gallardo (C.F. Monterrey; San Diego, Calif.), Josh Perez (Unattached; La Habra, Calif.), Brandon Vazquez (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Haji Wright (New York Cosmos; Los Angeles, Calif.)