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Wright, Pulisic headline U.S. roster for CONCACAF U-17 Championship

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The U.S Under-17 Men’s National Team will be looking to continue the group’s recent hot-streak as they head to Honduras with a spot in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup on the line.

Christian Pulisic and Haji Wright headline the 20-man U.S. U-17 squad that is set to head to Honduras for the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship. The tournament, which will take place between Feb. 27 and March 15, will see four teams earn qualification to the U-17 World Cup in Chile.

The tournament is set to be divided into two groups of six, with each team playing its group-mates in a round robin format. The top two teams will earn a spot in the U-17 World Cup, while the second and third place finishers in each group will advance to a playoff round.

The U.S. enters the tournament having won three of their past four games, the most recent of which came via a 5-2 victory over Belize.

Take a closer look at the U.S. U-17 roster below:

GK: William Pulisic (Richmond United/USA); Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy/USA)

DF: Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls/USA); Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy/USA); Daniel Barbir (West Bromwich Albion FC/ENG); Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake Arizona/USA); John Nelson (Internationals Soccer Club/USA); Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls/USA); Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf/USA)

MD: Eric Calvillo (Real SoCal/USA); Luca de la Torre (Fulham FC/ENG); Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy/USA); Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER); Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas/USA)

FW: Pierre da Silva (Orlando City SC/USA); Orrin Gaines II (Lonestar SC/USA); Joe Gallardo (Monterrey/MEX); Joshua Perez (unattached); Brandon Vazquez (Club Tijuana/MEX); Haji Wright (unattached)

What do you think of the roster? Any surprises? Who do you expect to standout in Honduras?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. I thought I saw that these games are playing on FoxSoccer2Go starting this Friday. Are you really going to make us go to another soccer site to find out if, when, and where we can watch the games??

    For those interested in soccer –
    USA vs Cuba airs on Friday Feb. 27 1:50 PT on foxsoccer2go

  2. No Freddy Adu? Dude needs a team. He always played well at the U-17 World Cup. I wish they had included him on the roster so that he could showcase his talents and get himself back on track. I guess these matches are just to qualify, so maybe Freddy will be on the roster that goes to Chile.

    • Wow. I’ll give you a D+ ….for the effort, although it’s really mean. Tell us – what have you achieved in your life that you think you’re well-situated to make this mean-spirited remark?

    • Nope. Per recent Bruce Arena’s comments (where he didn’t cite Haji by name, but it contextually was him) he’s left the academy and is in Europe waiting to sign with a European team (he might need to be 18 to do this).

    • He hasn’t been for a while? It’s been known for about a year that when Wright turns 18 he’ll sign with Schalke 04. Same with Perez and Fiorentina.

  3. Belize? i thought it was 5-2 over Bermuda (20th) and then they played them again and won 4-0 (22nd). anyway…hope they get the job done and look good while doing it.

    • The team has a lot of firepower offensively: Pulisic, Wright, Gallardo, De la Torre, Perez, Gaines, and Vazquez can all put it in the back of the net. Of course, you can never tell at this level, but I do expect this group to score a lot of goals in the tourney.


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