February 24, 2015
U.S. U-17s READY TO GO
Headed for CONCACAF tourney in Honduras
CHICAGO - U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team head coach Richie Williams has named the 20-player roster that will represent the USA at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Honduras from Feb. 27-March 15.
"We're very happy with the 20-man roster; we think it's a strong and deep roster," Williams said. "Obviously there were difficult decisions that needed to be made because we have a lot of players that have been here for a year-and-a-half to two years that have really worked hard and developed. That made it difficult in choosing that 20-man roster. It's not easy when you have to tell players that they haven't made it. But we feel this is a strong roster and it's a group that's ready to go and compete and win a championship."
The USA is paired with host side Honduras, Cuba, Guatemala, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago in Group A. It opens against Cuba on Feb. 27, followed by matches with Trinidad & Tobago (March 2), Guatemala (March 5), Honduras (March 8) and Jamaica (March 11). Group B is made up of Canada, Costa Rica, Haiti, Mexico, Panama and St. Lucia.
U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): William Pulisic (Richmond United), Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy)
DEFENDERS (7): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy), Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy), Daniel Barbir (West Bromwich Albion), Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake AZ), John Nelson (Internationals), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal), Luca de la Torre (Fulham), Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas)
FORWARDS (6): Pierre da Silva (Orlando City Academy), McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC), Joe Gallardo (Monterrey), Josh Perez (Unattached), Brandon Vazquez (Club Tijuana), Haji Wright (Unattached
In preparation for the qualifying tournament, the U-17s have had four international matches in February, splitting a two-game set against Panama on Feb. 2 and 4, then dealing Bermuda a 5-2 defeat on Feb. 20, followed by a 4-0 win in a rematch two days later.
Four countries from the CONCACAF region will directly qualify from this tournament for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile (Oct. 17-Nov. 8). The Group A and B winners will clinch a berth for the World Cup and earn a spot in the CONCACAF U-17 Championship title match on March 15. The second- and third-place teams will advance to a playoff stage. Those four teams will be seeded, with the No. 2 and 3 seeds in one playoff and the No. 1 and 4 seeds in the other, both taking place on March 15. The two playoff victors will earn the other two regional berths for the U-17 World Cup.
The USA has qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup on 14 occasions, more than any other CONCACAF nation. The U-17 MNT's absence from the 2013 World Cup was the only time that the USA did not qualify for the final.