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.
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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