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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, 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
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