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By RYAN TOLMICH
U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team regulars Haji Wright, Christian Pulisic, and Alejandro Zendejas were selected by head coach Richie Williams in 20-player squad that is set to begin a three-match tour of the Pacific Northwest from March 7-18.
A large contingent of Williams’ squad is based at the U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program, with 17 of the team’s 20 players joining the team from the Bradenton, Fla. campus. The three non-residency players, Edwin Lara, Tyler Adams and Nicholas Taitague, are eligible for the U-15 team.
MLS academies are also feature heavily in the squad, as the New York Red Bulls, Chivas USA, Crew Soccer Academy and LA Galaxy Academy will all be represented.
The team will begin its tour with a March 7 matchup with the Seattle Sounders Reserves/U-17/18’s in Seattle, where the team will get to attend the Sounder’s opening kickoff against Sporting Kansas City. The team will then travel to Portland to take on the University of Portland Pilots on March 12 before finishing the series with Portland Timbers Reserves/U-17/18s on March 17 in a match played at Providence Park.
Here’s a closer look at the U-17 squad for their March tour of the Pacific Northwest:
U.S. UNDER-17 MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM SQUAD FOR PACIFIC NORTHWEST TOUR
GOALKEEPERS (2): William Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (7): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Hugo Arellano (Chivas USA Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Tanner Dieterich (TN Soccer Club; Nashville, Tenn.), Edwin Lara (De Anza Force; San Leandro, Calif.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): George Braima (Crew Soccer Academy; Columbus, Ohio), Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Thomas McCabe (PDA; South Orange, N.J.), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.), Nicholas Taitague (Richmond Strikers; Midlothian, Va.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (5): Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club; Port Chester, N.Y.), McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Eric Matzelevich (Bethesda-Olney; Washington, D.C.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.), Haji Wright (LA Galaxy Academy; Los Angeles, Calif.)
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