Four newcomers join U-17 residency program

Coach Richie Williams' spring semester roster of 28 players for the U.S. under-17 residency program in Bradenton, Fla., includes four newcomers. Williams is preparing the team for the 2015 U-17 World Cup qualifying tournament.

The four newcomers are defender Matthew Constant, midfielder Giuseppe Barone and forwards Elvir Ibisevic and Josh Perez.

“This is an important semester for us and an important year for this cycle,” Williams said. “With World Cup qualifying at the beginning of March, it will be important for us to continue training well and performing well. We also need to find a balance with this group and some of the players who are not with us on a regular basis to form a 20-man roster that will head to qualifying to compete and get results.”

The USA’s streak of qualifying for 15 straight U-17 World Cups ended in 2013.

U.S. U-17 Men’s Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy), Will Pulisic (Richmond United), Kevin Silva (PDA).
DEFENDERS (9): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy), Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy), Matthew Constant (Dallas Texans), Nikkye De Point (Revolution Empire), Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake AZ), John Nelson (Internationals), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf).
MIDFIELDERS (8): Giuseppe Barone (Crew SC Academy Wolves), George Braima (Crew SC Academy), Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal), Keegan Kelly (Baltimore Celtic), Thomas McCabe (PDA), Luka Prpa (Chicago Magic PSG), Nick Taitague (Richmond United), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy).
FORWARDS (8): Pierre Da Silva (Orlando City SC), Lucas Del Rosario (Capital Area RailHawks Academy-CASL), McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC), Joe Gallardo (Monterrey/MEX), Elvir Ibisevic (Sporting Iowa), Eric Matzelevich (Bethesda-Olney; Washington, D.C.), Josh Perez (Unattached), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG).

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