[U.S. UNDER-17 BOYS] Coach Wilmer Cabrera named the 21 players who leave Friday for the Under-17 World Cup in Mexico and begin play June 19 with a game against the Czech Republic (TV: ESPN2, live, 7 pm ET).
The U.S. roster features 18 players who took home the regional crown at the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in February. Only leading scorer Andrew Oliver, who left the residency program, and midfielder Jordan Allen are not headed to Mexico.
The three additions to the team are goalie Wade Hamilton, defender Alessandro Mion and midfielder Nico Melo.
The USA, which returns to the finals for a record 14th straight time, will also face Uzbekistan on June 22 and New Zealand on June 26. It was one of six teams seeded ahead of the draw along with host Mexico, Argentina, England, Germany and Brazil.
“These are the 21 players who earned the right to represent their country in the World Cup,” said Cabrera. “It’s not us, the coaching staff picking them. They make the decision for us by competing every day. They know they have to compete every day, and every day there is someone challenging for their spot. The roster was open until the last day and these players demonstrated that they were the top in the country, but they also showed the commitment, sacrifice and mentality to represent the United States at this important tournament.”
U.S U-17 Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 21-Wade Hamilton (Arsenal FC; Murrieta, Calif.), 1-Kendall McIntosh (San Jose Earthquakes Academy; Santa Rosa, Calif.), 12-Fernando Pina (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6): 16-Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas Academy; Plano, Texas), 4-Joe Amon (South Carolina United; Summerville, S.C.), 2-Zach Carroll (Vardar; Grand Blanch, Mich.), 6-Mobi Fehr (Tokyo Verdy 1969; Tokyo, Japan), 15-Alessandro Mion (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.), 3-Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.),
MIDFIELDERS (8): 5-Matt Dunn (FC Cologne; Dallas, Texas), 10-Alejandro Guido (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), 13-Nico Melo (Florida Rush; Kissimmee, Fla.), 11-Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), 8-Esteban Rodriguez (Cosmos Academy West; Palmdale, Calif.), 14-Tarik Salkicic (Strictly Soccer; Pinellas Park, Fla.), 17-Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids Academy; Brighton, Colo.), 20-Andrew Souders (Crew Soccer Academy; Amherst, Ohio)
FORWARDS (4): 18-Paul Arriola (Arsenal FC; Chula Vista, Calif.), 7-Alfred Koroma (Solar SC; Arlington, Texas), 19-Jack McBean (Los Angeles Galaxy; Newport Beach, Calif.) 9-Mario Rodriguez (Central Aztecs; North Hollywood, Calif.)