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U-17 MNT Lose 2-0 to Nigeria in World Cup Opener

SANTIAGO, Chile. (Oct. 17, 2015) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team was defeated 2-0 by Nigeria in the teams’ opening match of the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile. The match was scoreless for the first 49 minutes of play until Chukwudi Agor broke the tie with a goal in the 50th minute and then assisted on Victor Osimhen’s score eleven minutes later.

The U.S. had opportunities in the first half, producing some good chances down the left side where Christian Pulisic played the architect. The best came early, when in the 13th minute, Pulisic whipped in a cross from the left that Haji Wright hit over the bar from close range.

The MNT will look to bounce back in its second group game at Estadio Sausalito in Vina del Mar Chile on Tuesday, Oct. 20 against Croatia, but will have to do so without defender Austin Trusty, who was sent off with a red card in the 87th minute. That match will kick off at 4 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2 and NBC Universo.

The team will conclude group play on Friday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. ET against host Chile, a match that will also appear on FOX Sports 2 and NBC Universo.

A total of 24 countries are in Chile participating in the tournament. The top two teams in each group, as well as the best four third-place teams, advance to the Round of 16 on October 28 and 29. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
NGA– Chukwudi Agor, 50th minute: The USA defense dropped deep as Nigeria attacked from the right. As John Lazarus reached the edge of the box on the right he centered a cross. Austin Trusty stepped to it to clear it away, but mishit his clearance and the ball trickled across the box, where Chukwudi Agor ran onto it and blasted in the first goal of the game. USA 0, NGA 1 

NGA– Victor Osimhen (Chukwudi Agor), 61st minute: Agor won a header off a short USA goal kick and immediately passed it up to Osimhen, who took couple of controlling touches and to get around the backpedaling U.S. defenders at the top of the box. Osimhen fired a left-footed shot from 14 yards out, which found the lower right corner of the goal and put the Nigerians up by a pair of goals.  USA 0, NGA 2 (FINAL) 

Coming up Next: #USAvCRO on FOX Sports 2 and NBC Universo
Location: Estadio Sausalito – Vina Del Mar, Chile
Date: Oct. 20, 2015
Opponent: Croatia 

-U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Nigeria
Date: Oct. 17, 2015
Competition: 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup – Group A
Venue: Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos; Santiago De Chile
Attendance: TBA
Kickoff: 5 p.m. local (4 p.m. ET)
Weather: 73 degrees; Partly cloudy

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F                                             
USA                            0          0          0         
NGA                            0          2          2         

NGA – Chukwudi Agor                                               50th minute    
NGA – Victor Osimhen (Chukwudi Agor)                  61                               

Lineups:
USA: 1-Will Pulisic; 2-Matthew Olosunde (18-Tyler Adams, 67), 4-Auston Trusty, 5-Hugo Arellano (capt.), 3-John Nelson; 20-Alejandro Zendejas, 6-Eric Calvillo, 11-Josh Perez; 7-Haji Wright (8-Luca de la Torre, 64), 9-Joe Gallardo (17-Pierre da Silva, 83), 10-Christian Pulisic
Subs Not Used: 12-Kevin Silva, 13-Alexis Velela, 14-Tanner Dieterich, 15-Danny Barbir, 16-Tommy McCabe, 19-Brandon Vazquez, 21-Eric Lopez
Head Coach: Richie Williams  

NGA: 1-Akpan Udoh; 2-John Lazarus, 4-David Enogela, 5-Lukman Zakari, 7-Funsho Bamgboye (8-Samuel Chukwueze, 81); 9-Victor Osimhen (20-Orji Okwonkwo, 90+3), 10-Kelechi Nwakali (capt.), 12-Chukwudi Agor (6-Kingsley Michael, 61), 14-Ejike Ikwu; 15-Udochukwu Anumudu, 17-Osinachi Ebere
Subs Not Used: 3-Tobechukwu Ibe, 11-Chinedu Madueke, 13-Joel Osikel, 16-Amos Benjamin, 18-Edidiong Essien, 19-Sunday Alimi, 21-Chisom Chiaha
Head Coach: Emmanuel Amunike

Stats Summary: USA / NGA
Shots: 5 / 19
Shots on Goal: 0 / 6
Saves: 4 / 0
Corner Kicks: 7 / 8        
Offside: 0 / 3
Fouls: 12 / 13

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Auston Trusty (ejection)                      87th minute
USA – Alejandro Zendejas (caution)              90+3   

Officials:
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)                      
Assistant Referee: Guido Kleve (GER)         
Assistant Referee: Markus Haecker (GER) 
4th official: Martin Strombergsson (SWE)                

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: TBA

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U-17 MNT Oct 17, 2015

-U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Nigeria
Date: Oct. 17, 2015
Competition: 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup – Group A
Venue: Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos; Santiago De Chile
Attendance: TBA
Kickoff: 5 p.m. local (4 p.m. ET)
Weather: 73 degrees; Partly cloudy

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                             
USA                               0          0          0        
NGA                              0          2          2         

NGA – Chukwudi Agor                                       50th minute      
NGA – Victor Osimhen ( Chukwudi Agor)         61                               

Lineups:
USA: 1-Will Pulisic; 2-Matthew Olosunde (18-Tyler Adams, 67), 4-Auston Trusty, 5-Hugo Arellano (capt.), 3-John Nelson; 20-Alejandro Zendejas, 6-Eric Calvillo, 11-Josh Perez; 7-Haji Wright (8-Luca de la Torre, 64), 9-Joe Gallardo (17-Pierre da Silva, 83), 10-Christian Pulisic
Subs Not Used: 12-Kevin Silva, 13-Alexis Velela, 14-Tanner Dieterich, 15-Danny Barbir, 16-Tommy McCabe, 19-Brandon Vazquez, 21-Eric Lopez
Head Coach: Richie Williams  

NGA: 1-Akpan Udoh; 2-John Lazarus, 4-David Enogela, 5-Lukman Zakari, 7-Funsho Bamgboye (8-Samuel Chukwueze, 81); 9-Victor Osimhen (20-Orji Okwonkwo, 90+3), 10-Kelechi Nwakali (capt.), 12-Chukwudi Agor (6-Kingsley Michael, 61), 14-Ejike Ikwu; 15-Udochukwu Anumudu, 17-Osinachi Ebere
Subs Not Used: 3-Tobechukwu Ibe, 11-Chinedu Madueke, 13-Joel Osikel, 16-Amos Benjamin, 18-Edidiong Essien, 19-Sunday Alimi, 21-Chisom Chiaha
Head Coach: Emmanuel Amunike

Stats Summary: USA / NGA
Shots: 5 / 19
Shots on Goal: 0 / 6
Saves: 4 / 0
Corner Kicks: 7 / 8        
Offside: 0 / 3
Fouls: 12 / 13

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Auston Trusty (ejection)               87th minute
USA – Alejandro Zendejas (caution)        90+3           

Officials:
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)                
Assistant Referee: Guido Kleve (GER)  
Assistant Referee: Markus Haecker (GER)        
4th official: Martin Strombergsson (SWE)                      

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: TBA

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U-17 MNT World Cup Quote Sheet: Williams and Zendejas Talk Nigeria Match

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team opened their 2015 U-17 FIFA World Cup with a 2-0 loss to Nigeria, the defending champions. The U.S. now turns their sights to the second match of Group A play against Croatia at Estadio Sausalito in Vina del Mar on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2 and NBC Universo.


U.S. U-17 MNT head coach RICHIE WILLIAMS

Overall thoughts on the match:
“Obviously we’re disappointed with the loss. We played a very good Nigerian team. I thought the first half was a good start for us. The first ten-fifteen minutes I thought we created a couple chances where we got to the endline and got the ball in front of the goal; unfortunately we didn’t have anyone there to potentially put the ball in the goal. I thought we were organized in the first half and limited their ability to get at us and I thought it was a first half, we created some chances and obviously the second half, they went up with two early goals, which is very disappointing, especially in terms of the way they were scored. There was a failed clearance and then their number nine getting in between our two centerbacks on the second goal, but disappointing. I though the reserves that came into the game for us in the second half gave us a lift towards the end of the game and unfortunately we had a player sent off but I thought we kept battling and trying to get a goal but unfortunately we didn’t get one on the day. Maybe just not as sharp as we’d like to be but against a very good Nigerian team which makes it very difficult on you.”

On scouting the next two opponents:
“We’re definitely staying to scout the Chile vs. Croatia game. We’re going to look at both teams and get an idea as to how they’ll be playing. We need to rebound and put this game behind us, learn from it, be ready for Croatia, one game at a time, and then Chile in the third game.”

On what changes have to be made to the backline especially in light of the red card:
”Obviously we’re going to put another player in as [Auston] will be suspended for one game. Again, we have faith and confidence in our players that were on the bench and we’ll put another player in there. They all have experience, they’ve all played in big games so we’ll get another central defender in and approach the game in a positive way with the idea of getting three points.”

U.S. U-17 MNT midfielder ALEJANDRO ZENDEJAS

On the opening match of the tournament:
“It was good to get the first game in, I thought we played a good game. There were points in the game when we had good timing and we attached early on in the first half, and I thought the subs that came on helped out a lot.”

On shifting the focus to the match against Croatia:
“It’s good to let go of this game and focus on the next game now against Croatia. No team in this tournament is an easy team so you have to go out and give it your all. Now we can turn our focus to the next game and prepare as best as we can.”

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U-17 MNT Oct 17, 2015

U-17 MNT Lose 2-0 to Nigeria in World Cup Opener

SANTIAGO, Chile. (Oct. 17, 2015) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team was defeated 2-0 by Nigeria in the teams’ opening match of the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile. The match was scoreless for the first 49 minutes of play until Chukwudi Agor broke the tie with a goal in the 50th minute and then assisted on Victor Osimhen’s score eleven minutes later.

The U.S. had opportunities in the first half, producing some good chances down the left side where Christian Pulisic played the architect. The best came early, when in the 13th minute, Pulisic whipped in a cross from the left that Haji Wright hit over the bar from close range.

The MNT will look to bounce back in its second group game at Estadio Sausalito in Vina del Mar Chile on Tuesday, Oct. 20 against Croatia, but will have to do so without defender Austin Trusty, who was sent off with a red card in the 87th minute. That match will kick off at 4 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2 and NBC Universo.

The team will conclude group play on Friday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. ET against host Chile, a match that will also appear on FOX Sports 2 and NBC Universo.

A total of 24 countries are in Chile participating in the tournament. The top two teams in each group, as well as the best four third-place teams, advance to the Round of 16 on October 28 and 29. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
NGA– Chukwudi Agor, 50th minute: The USA defense dropped deep as Nigeria attacked from the right. As John Lazarus reached the edge of the box on the right he centered a cross. Austin Trusty stepped to it to clear it away, but mishit his clearance and the ball trickled across the box, where Chukwudi Agor ran onto it and blasted in the first goal of the game. USA 0, NGA 1 

NGA– Victor Osimhen (Chukwudi Agor), 61st minute: Agor won a header off a short USA goal kick and immediately passed it up to Osimhen, who took couple of controlling touches and to get around the backpedaling U.S. defenders at the top of the box. Osimhen fired a left-footed shot from 14 yards out, which found the lower right corner of the goal and put the Nigerians up by a pair of goals.  USA 0, NGA 2 (FINAL) 

Coming up Next: #USAvCRO on FOX Sports 2 and NBC Universo
Location: Estadio Sausalito – Vina Del Mar, Chile
Date: Oct. 20, 2015
Opponent: Croatia 

-U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Nigeria
Date: Oct. 17, 2015
Competition: 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup – Group A
Venue: Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos; Santiago De Chile
Attendance: TBA
Kickoff: 5 p.m. local (4 p.m. ET)
Weather: 73 degrees; Partly cloudy

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F                                             
USA                            0          0          0         
NGA                            0          2          2         

NGA – Chukwudi Agor                                               50th minute    
NGA – Victor Osimhen (Chukwudi Agor)                  61                               

Lineups:
USA: 1-Will Pulisic; 2-Matthew Olosunde (18-Tyler Adams, 67), 4-Auston Trusty, 5-Hugo Arellano (capt.), 3-John Nelson; 20-Alejandro Zendejas, 6-Eric Calvillo, 11-Josh Perez; 7-Haji Wright (8-Luca de la Torre, 64), 9-Joe Gallardo (17-Pierre da Silva, 83), 10-Christian Pulisic
Subs Not Used: 12-Kevin Silva, 13-Alexis Velela, 14-Tanner Dieterich, 15-Danny Barbir, 16-Tommy McCabe, 19-Brandon Vazquez, 21-Eric Lopez
Head Coach: Richie Williams  

NGA: 1-Akpan Udoh; 2-John Lazarus, 4-David Enogela, 5-Lukman Zakari, 7-Funsho Bamgboye (8-Samuel Chukwueze, 81); 9-Victor Osimhen (20-Orji Okwonkwo, 90+3), 10-Kelechi Nwakali (capt.), 12-Chukwudi Agor (6-Kingsley Michael, 61), 14-Ejike Ikwu; 15-Udochukwu Anumudu, 17-Osinachi Ebere
Subs Not Used: 3-Tobechukwu Ibe, 11-Chinedu Madueke, 13-Joel Osikel, 16-Amos Benjamin, 18-Edidiong Essien, 19-Sunday Alimi, 21-Chisom Chiaha
Head Coach: Emmanuel Amunike

Stats Summary: USA / NGA
Shots: 5 / 19
Shots on Goal: 0 / 6
Saves: 4 / 0
Corner Kicks: 7 / 8        
Offside: 0 / 3
Fouls: 12 / 13

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Auston Trusty (ejection)                      87th minute
USA – Alejandro Zendejas (caution)              90+3   

Officials:
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)                      
Assistant Referee: Guido Kleve (GER)         
Assistant Referee: Markus Haecker (GER) 
4th official: Martin Strombergsson (SWE)                

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: TBA

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U-17 MNT Oct 17, 2015

Q&A: Richie Williams Discusses U-17 MNT World Cup

U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams is in Chile with the team ahead of the 2015 U-17 FIFA World Cup. Williams took time to speak with members of the media via teleconference ahead of the team’s first game against Nigeria on Saturday, Oct. 17, in Santiago. The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 2 and Telemundo at 4 p.m. ET.

On how the team has been in its preparations after arriving in Chile in advance of the game tomorrow against Nigeria:
“We arrived on Monday. It was an overnight trip from the United States. We've had four really good sharp training sessions over the last four days. Yesterday we were able to train in the National Stadium where our first match will be. On Saturday, we were able to get into the stadium for one hour for training, which we think was a great experience for the players. We'll head out this evening at 5 p.m. for a final training session until our game tomorrow.”

On his expectations for Christian Pulisic and what has impressed him the most about his game:
“Christian has been a big part of our team over the last two years, this whole cycle with the U-17's. As you may know he plays as the No. 10 on our team, has been one of the best offensive players over the past two years, and has been a key part of our team over the last two years. We have high expectations for Christian, as I'm sure he does for himself. We think he's a super talented player. He's obviously done very well in Germany with Dortmund. Again, with us we expect him to lead us in the attack, to score goals for us, set up goals for us, and just to be Christian. He's a good person, he's super competitive. On top of him having a lot of talent and the ability to create and score goals he'll also defend, he'll do whatever he needs to do for the team. He's super competitive and wants to win. I think that that's obviously what we have to have throughout the whole team, and Christian's one of those leaders in showing and leading by example through his competitiveness.”

On how Christian Pulisic’s father being a professional may have influenced him, as well as other players in the same situation:
“It's great for them. Like you said, since they were born they've been around soccer. First off, the player has to enjoy playing soccer and have a passion for the game, which again in Christian's case he does, and the other players. Christian's mom and dad both played soccer. He's been around it from day one and he enjoys the game, he's been able to experience being around his parents when they were playing, when they were coaching, and it's only going to add to his development and just being around it so much. I think it's a positive for all the players that enjoy playing soccer and are able to play at a high level that their family was involved in it when they were in the early days of their life.”

On scouting his team’s opponents and his expectations of Nigeria in the opening game:
“It’s not always an easy task in terms of getting video of youth teams around the world, but we were able to get ahold of some matches that Nigeria's played in qualifying and some other tournaments. We have been able to scout them, which has been very helpful. In terms of Nigeria, a very talented team, they have a great history in the U-17 World Cup and are four-time winners and I think two other finalists. We have our hands full, they're a good team, they're talented. We have to be prepared and ready to go. We're excited about having the opportunity to play the defending champions in the first game of the tournament in Santiago in the National Stadium.”

On having 19 of the 20 players from qualifying on the roster and how the players have progressed since the qualifying tournament:

“Of course they've grown, they've developed even more. It's been about six months. We've also looked at other players, which with the youth team setups you're constantly looking at different players because they're young – 15, 16, 17-years old – and they develop at different times in their lives. Players sometimes fall off and players will excel at different periods of time. We have looked at other players. Often, [Austin Trusty] is one of the players that we thought has developed and was not involved in qualifying, wasn't really with us. He's come in and done a really good job. Eric Lopez is a younger player that's come in as a goalkeeper, because we need three goalkeepers. We're happy with the group. Again, we spoke to the group and said, ‘You're not guaranteed a spot in the World Cup just because you're on the qualifying roster.’ They were up for the challenge. They kept training well and competing and developing. We were happy with the players that for the most part that led us through qualification and then we have faith in them that they're going to do a good job here at the World Cup.”

On whether recent results of the U.S. Men’s National Team and U.S. U-23 MNT put any pressure on the U.S.  U-17 MNT players:
“I don't think so. I think first of all they're young so they might not be influenced as much just due to the lack of experiences of being around the game. Obviously, we've gotten some bad results with the 23's and senior team, but again there are ups and downs. They might be too young to understand there's a little bit of bad results going on and maybe some pressure for the older players right now. I think at the younger ages they still put pressure on themselves, they still want to have a good World Cup, but I don't necessarily think that's going to affect them in a negative way going into this World Cup.”

On how he expects the forwards to play off each other as the tournament wears on:
“We feel comfortable with the group we've brought in. They've proven over the last two years that they're capable of creating chances and scoring, taking our opportunities. They've scored a lot of goals. We do have confidence in them and know that they have the ability to do it. The thing that they have to understand – and a great example is the second to the last game in qualifying when we should have beaten Jamaica and created seven or eight clear changes and didn't take them, and ended up giving up the penalty kick in the second half and losing the game because we didn't take our opportunities – they have to understand that when they have opportunities at this level that they have to put them away and they have to do better with it. They have, for the most part over this cycle, shown that they're capable of doing that. We have confidence in them. We're going to make sure that they're confident going into the games and that they're aggressive and that they get in that final third and they're creating and scoring goals for us.”

On what for you constitutes a successful tournament and whether there is any particular benchmark that he is looking for:
“For us, we've spoken to the players taking one game at a time, not to look ahead. Then, our first goal, like anybody here is to advance out of the group. That's the only way you're going to move forward is getting out of the group, and then again taking it one game at a time. We want to come out and we want to play well. We want to compete. We want to go leave it out on the field and at the end of the day we talk to the players and say if they try to do things the right way, things that we've worked on over the last two years, we're going to get positive results.

“Again, our goal, just like any team here which should be their goal is we don't go to any tournament saying, ‘We want to come in second place.’ Our goal is to come here and win the World Cup. If any team says anything different, they shouldn't be here. Our goal is to win the World Cup. Again, we're going to take one game at a time and then our first goal is to get out of the group and get into the knockout stages.”

On whether there is an extra weight of expectations on this particular group of players because the U.S. U-17 MNT didn’t qualify for the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup:
“No. We qualified this time around. Again, those things happen. We happened to lose one game to Honduras and unfortunately were not able to qualify. Not that Honduras is not a good team. You see the U-23's have just gone through the same thing. The qualifying [process] is not easy. We played well for the most part. Honduras had a great game and were able to advance. That's a whole different cycle. This group was able to advance, they got the job done. They've had a successful two years. They've proven that they're a good group of players and a good team. Now, again, it's a new tournament and there shouldn't be any pressure other than you want to go out there and you want to play well and you want to show the world that over the last two years that your results and how you've evolved over the last two years that it wasn't a fluke, you're a good team, and you'll do well in the tournament.”

On the team’s confidence and if it will take a hit with a tough game against Nigeria:
“No. I think [qualifying] was a good experience. They had to deal with pressure where you guys put on a lot of expectations on that group because they had such a successful two years and basically didn't go as planned. We played very, very well for long periods of time and obviously didn't get the result that we needed in the second to last game. Then, against Jamaica we had to go to penalties. You hope that the experiences help them develop and grow and to understand that in soccer there's going to be tough games and you've got to perform and take your opportunities when you can. If you have to win through penalties, you win through penalties. I think it's helped them and gave them valuable experience. Again, we're going to go out today. We have three games in the group. Again, we'll take it one game at a time and we plan on having a good game against Nigeria, and then moving on to the next one.”

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FOX Sports, NBC Universo and Telemundo to Televise All U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Matches During FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile

CHICAGO (Oct. 14, 2015) – FOX Sports, NBC Universo and Telemundo will televise all three of the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team matches during the 2015 FIFA Under-17 World Cup from Oct. 17-Nov. 8 in Chile. 

The three group matches for the U.S. against Nigeria on Oct. 17, Croatia on Oct. 20 and Chile on Oct. 23 will be televised in English language on FS2. In Spanish language, Telemundo will air the opening match against Chile, while the U.S. matches against Croatia and Chile we be featured on NBC Universo. 

The U.S. kicks off against Nigeria, the most successful nation in the tournament’s history with four titles, in the opening game of the tournament at 3:55 p.m. ET. 

All matches on FS2 are available for live streaming via the FOX Sports GO app and online at FOXSportsGO.com. All 52 matches listed below are also available live and on-demand on FOX Soccer 2Go. 

A total of 24 countries participate in the tournament. The top two teams in each group, as well as the best four third-place teams, advance to the Round of 16 on October 28 and 29. 

U.S. Under-17 head coach Richie Williams announced his 21-player roster on Oct. 2, naming 20 products of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. 

The World Cup will be played in eight cities in Chile: Chillan, Concepcion, Coquimbo, La Serena, Puerto Montt, Santiago/Nunoa, Talca, and Vina Del Mar. The championship and third place matches take place Sunday, Nov. 8, at the 24,000-capacity Estadio Sausalito in Vina del Mar. 

The U.S. qualified for the U-17 World Cup with a third-place finish at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in March. After winning its group with a 3-1-1 record, the U.S. clinched its spot in Chile by defeating Jamaica 5-4 in penalty kicks. 

This is the 15th occasion that the USA has advanced to a FIFA World Youth Championship or World Cup at this age group. The USA’s best performance was a fourth-place finish at the FIFA U-17 World Youth Championship in 1999 that included wins against Uruguay and Mexico. The U.S. nearly reached the final, falling in a penalty kick shootout to Australia in the semifinal. 

DATE                          TIME (ET)      MATCH                                  NETWORK
Saturday, Oct. 17         2:55 PM           England vs. Guinea                  FOX Soccer Plus, NBCDeportes.com
Saturday, Oct. 17       3:55 PM          Nigeria vs. USA                      FS2, Telemundo
Saturday, Oct. 17         5:55 PM           Brazil vs. Korea Republic        FOX Soccer Plus, NBCD.com
Saturday, Oct. 17         6:55 PM           Chile vs. Croatia                      FS2, NBC Universo
Sunday, Oct. 18           2:55 PM           Australia vs. Germany             FS2, Telemundo
Sunday, Oct. 18           2:55 PM           Belgium vs. Mali                      FOX Soccer Plus, NBCD.com
Sunday, Oct. 18           5:55 PM           Mexico vs. Argentina               FS2, NBC Universo
Sunday, Oct. 18           5:55 PM           Honduras vs. Ecuador              FOX Soccer Plus, NBCD.com
Monday, Oct. 19          3:55 PM           New Zealand vs. France          FS2, NBCD.com
Monday, Oct. 19          3:55 PM           South Africa vs. Costa Rica     FOX Soccer Plus, NBC Universo
Monday, Oct. 19          6:55 PM           Korea DPR vs. Russia              FS2, NBCD.com
Monday, Oct. 19          6:55 PM           Syria vs. Paraguay                   FOX Soccer Plus, NBC Universo
Tuesday, Oct. 20        5:00 PM          USA vs. Croatia                      FS2, NBC Universo
Tuesday, Oct. 20         5:00 PM           England vs. Brazil                    FOX Soccer Plus, NBCD.com
Tuesday, Oct. 20         6:55 PM           Chile vs. Nigeria                       FS2, NBC Universo
Tuesday, Oct. 20         6:55 PM           Korea Republic vs. Guinea       FOX Soccer Plus, NBCD.com
Wednesday, Oct. 21    5:00 PM           Australia vs. Mexico                 FS2, Telemundo
Wednesday, Oct. 21    5:00 PM           Belgium vs. Honduras               FOX Soccer Plus, NBCD.com
Wednesday, Oct. 21    6:55 PM           Argentina vs. Germany             FS2, NBC Universo
Wednesday, Oct. 21    6:55 PM           Ecuador vs. Mali                       FOX Soccer Plus, NBCD.com
Thursday, Oct. 22        3:55 PM           South Africa vs. Korea DPR    FOX Soccer Plus, NBCD.com
Thursday, Oct. 22        6:55 PM           Russia vs. Costa Rica               FS2, NBCD.com
Thursday, Oct. 22        6:55 PM           Paraguay vs. France                 FOX Soccer Plus, NBC Universo
Thursday, Oct. 22        11:00 PM         New Zealand vs. Syria             FS2, NBCDeportes.com
Friday, Oct. 23             5:00 PM           Korea Republic vs. England    FS2, NBCD.com
Friday, Oct. 23           6:55 PM          USA vs. Chile                          FS2, NBC Universo
Friday, Oct. 23             6:55 PM           Croatia vs. Nigeria                   FOX Soccer Plus, NBCD.com
Friday, Oct. 23             9:00 PM           Guinea vs. Brazil                     FS2, NBCD.com
Saturday, Oct. 24         2:55 PM           Ecuador vs. Belgium                FS2, NBCD.com
Saturday, Oct. 24         2:55 PM           Mali vs. Honduras                    FOX Soccer Plus, Telemundo
Saturday, Oct. 24         5:55 PM           Germany vs. Mexico                FS2, Telemundo
Saturday, Oct. 24         5:55 PM           Argentina vs. Australia            FOX Soccer Plus, NBC Universo
Sunday, Oct. 25           2:55 PM           France vs. Syria                        FS2, NBCD.com
Sunday, Oct. 25           2:55 PM           Paraguay vs. New Zealand       FOX Soccer Plus, Telemundo
Sunday, Oct. 25           5:55 PM           Costa Rica vs. Korea DPR       FS2, NBC Universo
Sunday, Oct. 25           5:55 PM           Russia vs. South Africa            FOX Soccer Plus, NBCD.com
Wednesday, Oct. 28    3:55 PM           ROUND OF 16                         FS2, NBCD.com
Wednesday, Oct. 28    3:55 PM           ROUND OF 16                         FOX Soccer Plus, NBCD.com
Wednesday, Oct. 28    6:55 PM           ROUND OF 16                         FS2, NBC Universo
Wednesday, Oct. 28    6:55 PM           ROUND OF 16                         FOX Soccer Plus, NBCD.com
Thursday, Oct. 29        3:55 PM           ROUND OF 16                         FS2, NBCD.com
Thursday, Oct. 29        3:55 PM           ROUND OF 16                         FOX Soccer Plus, NBCD.com
Thursday, Oct. 29        6:55 PM           ROUND OF 16                         FS2, NBC Universo.com
Thursday, Oct. 29        6:55 PM           ROUND OF 16                         FOX Soccer Plus, NBCD.com
Sunday, Nov. 1            1:55 PM           QUARTERFINAL                   FS2, Telemundo
Sunday, Nov. 1            4:55 PM           QUARTERFINAL                   FS2, Telemundo
Monday, Nov. 2          2:55 PM           QUARTERFINAL                    FS2, NBC Universo
Monday, Nov. 2          5:55 PM           QUARTERFINAL                    FS2, NBC Universo
Thursday, Nov. 5         5:55 PM           SEMIFINAL                            FS2, Telemundo
Thursday, Nov. 5         8:00 PM           SEMIFINAL                            FS2, Telemundo
Sunday, Nov. 8            1:55 PM           3rd PLACE MATCH               FS2, NBC Universo
Sunday, Nov. 8            4:55 PM           FINAL                                      FS2, Telemund

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U-17 MNT Oct 16, 2015

Richie Williams Names 21-Player Roster for FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Chile

CHICAGO (Oct. 2, 2015) - U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has named the 21-player roster that will represent the United States at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which runs from Oct. 17-Nov. 8 in Chile.

“I think it’s a pretty well-rounded roster,” said Williams. “When you look over the two-plus years we’ve been together, we’ve had the ability to push forward and score goals with a lot of talented attacking players, but also on the defensive end we’ve had a lot of great games where we’ve defended well. We were able to play a good amount of international matches and domestic matches, and we hope through all of those experiences we have a really balanced team of 21 players that comes together and gets positive results.”

The U-17’s were drawn into Group A with host Chile, Croatia and Nigeria and open group play against Nigeria on Oct. 17 at 4 p.m. ET in Santiago. The team will then square off with Croatia on Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. ET in Vina Del Mar and Chile on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. ET in Vina Del Mar.

Nineteen players on the roster were a part of the Under-17 team that defeated Jamaica in penalty kicks in March to qualify the USA for the World Cup and 20 are products of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

The team will bring along nine of its goal scorers from 2015 to Chile: Hugo Arellano, Pierre da Silva, Luca de la Torre, Joe Gallardo, Josh Perez, Christian Pulisic, Brandon Vazquez, Haji Wright and Alejandro Zendejas. Perez leads the way with six goals this year.

The World Cup will be played in eight cities in Chile: Chillan, Concepcion, Coquimbo, La Serena, Puerto Montt, Santiago/Nunoa, Talca, and Vina Del Mar. The championship and third place matches take place Sunday, Nov. 8, at the 24,000-capacity Estadio Sausalito in Vina del Mar.

A total of 24 countries participate in the tournament. The top two teams in each group, as well as the best four third-place teams, advance to the Round of 16 on October 28 and 29.

In its last U-17 World Cup appearance in 2011, the USA was drawn into Group D where it finished in second place (1-1-1) ahead of New Zealand and the Czech Republic, and behind Uzbekistan. The MNT faced off with Germany in the Round of 16, falling 4-0 to the eventual third-place finisher.

The U.S. qualified for the U-17 World Cup with a third-place finish at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in March. After winning its group with a 3-1-1 record, the U.S. clinched its spot in Chile by defeating Jamaica 5-4 in penalty kicks.

This is the 15th occasion that the USA has advanced to a FIFA World Youth Championship or World Cup at this age group. The USA’s best performance was a fourth-place finish at the FIFA U-17 World Youth Championship in 1999 that included wins against Uruguay and Mexico. The U.S. nearly reached the final, falling in a penalty kick shootout to Australia in the semifinal.

Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3):  Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy II; Westminster, Calif.), William Pulisic (Richmond United; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (8): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls II; Wappinger Falls, N.Y.),Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Danny Barbir (West Bromwich Albion; Allentown, Penn.), Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake Academy; Nashville, Tenn.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union Academy; Media, Pa.), Alexis Velela (New York Cosmos; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Luca de la Torre (Fulham F.C. San Diego, Calif.), Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy; South Orange, N.J.), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund; Hershey, Pa.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas; El Paso, Tex.)
FORWARDS (5): Pierre da Silva (Orlando City SC Academy; Port Chester, N.Y.), Joe Gallardo (C.F. Monterrey; San Diego, Calif.), Josh Perez (Unattached; La Habra, Calif.), Brandon Vazquez (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Haji Wright (New York Cosmos; Los Angeles, Calif.)

Roster Notes:

  • Nineteen of the 21 players on the roster were born in 1998, with Tyler Adams and Eric Lopez the couple players born in 1999
  • Twenty players on the roster are products of the Development Academy: Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy),Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy), Barbir (Players Development Academy), Calvillo(Real So Cal), da Silva (Orlando City SC Academy), de la Torre (Nomads SC & San Diego Surf), Dieterich (Real Salt Lake AZ),Gallardo (Nomads SC), Lopez (LA Galaxy Academy), McCabe(Players Development Academy), Nelson(Internationals), Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy), Perez (Chivas USA),C. Pulisic (PA Classics), W. Pulisic (Richmond United), Silva(Players Development Academy), Trusty(Philadelphia Union), Velela (San Diego Surf), Wright (LA Galaxy Academy),Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy).
  • Nineteen players on this roster were a part of the U-17 team that defeated Jamaica in Penalty Kicks in March to qualify for the World Cup.
  • William Pulisic started as the goalkeeper in every match for the U-17’s in the CONCACAF Championship
  • Arellano, Da Silva, de la Torre, Gallardo, Perez, Christian Pulisic, Vazquez, Wright and Zendejas have each tallied goals with the U-17’s this year. Perez leads the way having scored six times in 2015.
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U-17 MNT Oct 2, 2015
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