By DAN KARELL
U.S. Under-17 National Team head coach Richie Williams has assembled his first squad of new players as he prepares them for the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship.
Ahead of the 2013 ASG Cup in Alicante, Spain, Williams has called up a 20-man roster, featuring seven players in Major League Soccer academies. The U-17 squad will play three matches between September 25-October 6 against Real Madrid’s academy, Rayo Vallecano’s academy, and another opponent to be determined later.
Fourteen players on the squad are currently in U.S. Soccer’s residency program in Bradenton, Fla while four others currently ply their trade overseas. Joe Gallardo is on the books of Monterrey, Joshua Perez is in the Fiorentina academy, Luca de la Torre plays at Fulham FC, and Daniel Barbir recently moved to Manchester City.
In total, all but two players on the roster were born in 1998. Those two players are Tyler Adams and Edwin Lara, who were each born in 1999.
Here’s a closer look at the U-17 National Team squad for the ASG Cup:
U.S. UNDER-17 ROSTER FOR ASG CUP
GOALKEEPERS: Abraham Romero (LA Galaxy Academy; Altadena, Calif.), Kevin Silva (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS: Tyler Adams (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.), Edwin Lara (San Jose Earthquakes Academy; San Leandro, Calif.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Tanner Dieterich (Tennessee Soccer Club; Nashville, Tenn.)
MIDFIELDERS: Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Luca De La Torre (Fulham F.C.; San Diego, Calif.), Thomas McCabe (PDA; South Orange, N.J.), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo.), Brian Zelaya (De Anza Force; San Mateo, Calif.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS: Joe Gallardo (Monterrey FC; San Diego, Calif.), Joshua Perez (Fiorentina; La Habra, Calif.), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.), Haji Wright (LA Galaxy Academy; Los Angeles, Calif
What do you think of this roster? Who do you see having a good tournament in Spain? Do you feel this is a good test for the U.S. squad?
Share your thoughts below.
where us kyle scott? he plays for chelsea u18 and has interest from barca and real madrid. This is how we lose our future american stars to other countries. The u17 coach refuses to call them up fire richie williams!!!!!!!!
This is how americans lose the knowledge and ability to write well, including proper punctuation. Fire his English teachers.
No one from the Dc/Md/Va area. Clearly, this is a second-choice side.
3 players from PDA is pretty impressive, but another from Hershey, 2 NYRB players and another NYer suggests a bias towards northeast players. Hard to imagine this is a first choice team, especially with only one Texan. Almost the entire team is from California or the NY-Philly axis. 13 of 17.
Shoulda called in Lederman and Pynadath
Is he counting how many times he should have been fired?
Why is Richie Williams still involved in our national program after being the first coach to fail to make the U17 WC in forever? Can’t the ABMOD fade into the sunset quietly? Must he still torment us? Before you know it we’re going to hear about him breaking the ankles of a leading prospect during a practice exercise he joins in on.
Too bad the U.S won’t be in the U17 World CUp this year.
I did not know Luca Del la Torre played at Fulham. He is not listed on their U18 team or anywhere else on their website.
John Nelson from Internationals SC (Nagbe’s former club) reppin’ Cleveland. Best of luck to them all
Fantastic stuff. Man City, Fiorentina, Monterrey, Fulham, and 7 in MLS academies. Great progress no doubt. Hope they succeed in Spain.
So I’m confused about the breakdown. Can you use mutually exclusive categories?
I think it’s a Photochop. I’ve never seen Williams look eye to eye with anyone.
I don’t think that’s a particularly appropriate gesture.
I wonder what it would cost ML to do video spots of highlights of the academies throughout the league?
Look how many people responded to this article……
You just got your answer on why there isn’t any coverage
(Wappingers Falls. N.Y.) Nice to see someone so close to home in these lists. Wish all of them the best of luck.
i do believe this is the greatest picture ever posted on sbi.