The 20-player roster Coach Richie Williams
named for the U.S. under-17 ('98 age group) national team trip
to Spain reflects the changing nature of the program. Six of the 20 players aren't in the residency program based in Bradenton, Fla. Four have moved to clubs abroad -- Daniel Barbir
(Manchester City), Luca de la Torre
(Fulham), Joshua Perez
(Fiorentina) and Joe Gallardo
(Monterrey) -- and two are players one year younger ('99 age group) playing on MLS academy teams -- Tyler
(New York Red Bulls) and Edwin Lara
(San Jose Earthquakes).
Williams' squad leaves for Spain on Wednesday and will train four days
before taking on Real Madrid Academy on Sept. 30. They will then play a game against an undetermined opponent on Oct. 2 before taking on Rayo Vallecano Academy on Oct. 4.
This is the
first wave of play with the current roster in preparation for the 2015 Concacaf U-17 Championship. U.S. U-17 Roster: GOALKEEPERS (2):
*Abraham Romero (LA Galaxy Academy; Altadena, Calif.), *Kevin Silva (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.) DEFENDERS (8):
(New York Red Bulls Academy; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), *Hugo Arellano (Chivas USA Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Daniel Barbir (PDA; Allentown, Pa.), *Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club; Port Chester,
N.Y.), *Tanner Dieterich (Tennessee Soccer Club; Nashville, Tenn.), Edwin Lara (San Jose Earthquakes Academy; San Leandro, Calif.), *John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), *Matthew Olosunde (New
York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.). MIDFIELDERS (6):
*Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Luca De La Torre (Fulham FC; San Diego),
*Thomas McCabe (PDA; South Orange, N.J.), *Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis), *Brian Zelaya (De Anza Force; San Mateo, Calif.), *Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El
Paso, Texas) FORWARDS (4):
Joe Gallardo (Monterrey FC; San Diego), Joshua Perez (Fiorentina; La Habra, Calif.), *Christian Pulisic (PA Classics;
Hershey, Pa.), *Haji Wright (LA Galaxy Academy; Los Angeles)
*Current residency player.