CHICAGO (Sept. 24, 2013) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams named a 20-player roster to travel to Madrid, Spain for three international friendlies. The U.S. will face academy teams from La Liga clubs Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano, respectively, as well as a team yet to be announced.
The U.S. departs for Spain on Sept. 25 and will train for four days before its opening match against a to-be-determined opponent on Sept. 30. The U.S. will then face Real Madrid Academy on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 6:45 p.m. local time, followed by Rayo Vallecano Academy on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. local time. The team returns to the U.S. on Sunday, Oct. 6 for Fall Break.
Fifteen of the 20 players traveling to Spain are currently registered in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, including Tyler Adams, Hugo Arellano, Eric Calvillo, Edwin Lara, Thomas McCabe, John Nelson, Matthew Olosunde, Logan Panchot, Christian Pulisic, Abraham Romero, Kevin Silva, Tanner Dieterich, Haji Wright, Brian Zelaya and Alejandro Zendejas. Four other players (Daniel Barbir, Luca De La Torre, Joe Gallardo and Joshua Perez) have previous ties to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, while, Pierre Da Silva has never played with the Academy.
It will be the first tournament of the current cycle of players that will prepare for the 2015 CONCACAF Championship. Eighteen of the players on the roster were born in 1998, while two, Adams and Lara, were born in 1999.
U.S. U-17 MNT ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Abraham Romero (LA Galaxy Academy; Altadena, Calif.), Kevin Silva (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (8): 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 (6): 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 (4): 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.)