Two U.S. U-17s score in Europe as squad prepares for World Cup

By Mike Woitalla

For the U.S. U-17 national team's last gathering before the U-17 World Cup in Chile in October, U.S. coach Richie Williams has named a 24-player roster for a Mexico City training camp that includes games against fellow qualifier Mexico on Sept. 23 and Sept. 25.

The USA faces Nigeria, Croatia and host Chile at the U-17 World Cup that kicks off Oct. 17. Mexico, which won the U-17 Concacaf Championship at which the USA finished third, is grouped with Argentina, Germany and Australia.

Roster size for the U-17 World Cup is 21, one more than for the qualifying tournament. The age cutoff date is on or after Jan. 1, 1998. Williams' roster for the Concacaf Championship comprised of 19 players born in 1998 and one '99 -- Tyler Adams. The squad in Mexico includes one 1999-born player, Northern California product Jonathan Gonzalez, who plays in the youth program of Mexican club Monterrey. In August, Gonzalez started on the U.S. U-18 national team that finished fifth at the Nordic Cup.

The three players who were part of the USA's Concacaf Championship team but are not with the squad in Mexico is the trio who stayed with their European clubs: Danny Barbir, Christian Pulisic and Luca de la Torre.

De la Torre, starting alongside 19-year-old American Emerson Hyndman, scored with a deft side-footed shot in Fulham's U-21s' 3-0 win over Blackburn on Friday.

Pulisic scored the final goal for Borussia Dortmund's U-19s in a 5-0 win over Preussen Muenster on Sunday. Barbir was on the West Brom Albion bench for its 1-1 tie with Derby in U-21 English Premier League on Monday.

U.S. U-17 boys national team (Mexico camp)
GOALKEEPERS (3):  Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy Academy; Westminster, Calif.), William Pulisic (Richmond United; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy; Bethlehem, Pa.).
DEFENDERS (8): Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Reginald Cannon (FC Dallas Academy; Grapevine, Texas), Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake Academy; Nashville, Tenn.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo.), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union Academy; Media, Pa.), Alexis Velela (New York Cosmos; San Diego, Calif.).
MIDFIELDERS (6): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls II; Wappinger Falls, N.Y.), Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Jonathan Gonzalez (C.F. Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy; South Orange, N.J.),  Weston McKennie (FC Dallas Academy; Little Elm, Texas), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas; El Paso, Texas).
FORWARDS (7): Pierre da Silva (Orlando City SC Academy; Port Chester, N.Y.), McKinzie Gaines (Lonestar S.C.; Austin, Texas), Joe Gallardo (C.F. Monterrey; San Diego, Calif.), Josh Perez (Unattached; La Habra, Calif.), Brian Saramago (New York Red Bulls Academy; Garden City Park, N.Y.) Brandon Vazquez (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Haji Wright (New York Comos; Los Angeles, Calif.).

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1 comment about "Two U.S. U-17s score in Europe as squad prepares for World Cup".
  1. Ric Fonseca, September 22, 2015 at 10:17 p.m.

    Mary Kaliff's comment is very spot on, so much that this hit close to home for me some years ago when I coached an U16 team. I'd heard about a GK who turned out to be very good, who lived near East LA with his father. When I went to pick him up, I saw they were living in a one room apartment and had to share bathroom with other tenants. The boy was very good, but eventually his father decided to go back to Mexico with his son, they had an old beat up sedan, and we had absolutely no qualms in providing all the help necessary. Then again there is the case of another single father who always claimed to have a cash flow problem and literally farmed out his son to other families so that he'd eat, yet, when one dug deeper, one found out that what he was saying was certainly not the truth. And finally, there was another young man, with terrific skills, but lived near the freeway with his large family, but here's the rub: the boy was virtually selling himself to the better off team, from one he got himself a nice pair of adidas shoes, from another he got clothes and was paid "under the table", and yet another team - a local rival club - the coach was so blatant as to get him enrolled at another well off public school not in his district, and provided him with transportation every day - just so he'd play only for his well financed club out of Beverly Hills. So Ms. Kaliffs stories are spot on, and the only thing I can say on this, is to be sure there IS financial need, and "spread the wealth" based BOTH on need and skill, much in the same way a young college freshman will file and apply for financial aid by filing and submitting a FAFSA form in plenty of time. Good luck with this tough, it is a rough row to hoe!!!

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