[AEGEAN CUP] The U.S. under-17 men’s national team has been placed into Group B with Norway, Scotland and reigning champion France at the Aegean Cup, which runs from Jan. 20-25 in Manisa, Turkey. Richie Williams' roster includes 13 players who have been in residency since the fall. He also called up a pair of 15-year-olds, goalie Carlos Avilezand midfielder Nicholas Taitague.
This is the third international event for this edition of the U-17s, who went unbeaten 1-0-2 record during a tour of Madrid, Spain, last October, and most recently won the Nike International Friendlies by defeating Brazil 4-1 in the final match.
Two players on the team are based abroad: Luca de la Torre and Joe Gallardo, who both impressed at the Nike International Friendlies.
McKinzie Gaines was added to the Residency roster this spring.
GOALKEEPERS (2):Carlos Avilez (FC Dallas Academy; Dallas, Texas), Will Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va.)
DEFENDERS (6):Hugo Arellano (Chivas USA Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Tanner Dieterich (unattached, Tenn.), Edwin Lara (unattached; San Leandro, Calif.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (7):Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Luca de la Torre (Fulham/ENG; San Diego, Calif.), Thomas McCabe (PDA; South Orange, N.J.), Logan Panchot (St. Louis, Mo.; St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.), Nicholas Taitague (Richmond Strikers; Midlothian, Va.), Devin Vega (San Antonio Scorpions; San Antonio, Texas)
FORWARDS (5):Pierre Da Silva (New York SC; Port Chester, N.Y.), Orrin McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Joe Gallardo (Monterrey/MEX; San Diego, Calif.) Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.), Haji Wright (LA Galaxy Academy; Los Angeles, Calif.)