U.S. U-17 national team names roster for World Cup qualification
U.S. U-17 national team coach Richie Williams has named a 20-player roster that will travel to Honduras to represent the United States in the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship.
Four teams from the competition will serve as CONCACAF's representatives at this year's U-17 World Cup, to be held in Chile in October and November. The U.S. is paired with Cuba, Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and hosts Honduras in Group A, with the remaining six teams (Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, Haiti, Panama, and Saint Lucia) making up Group B.
The top team in each group will automatically qualify for the World Cup and will play for the regional championship, while the second and third-placed teams in each group will advance to a playoff to determine the final two qualifiers.
Here, via U.S. Soccer, are the 20 players that will represent the U.S. at the tournament, which kicks off on February 27th in San Pedro Sula.
GOALKEEPERS (2): William Pulisic (Richmond United), Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy)
DEFENDERS (7): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy), Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy), Daniel Barbir (West Bromwich Albion), Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake AZ), John Nelson (Internationals), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal), Luca de la Torre (Fulham), Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas)
FORWARDS (6): Pierre da Silva (Orlando City Academy), McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC), Joe Gallardo (Monterrey), Josh Perez (Unattached), Brandon Vazquez (Club Tijuana), Haji Wright (Unattached)
Nineteen of the 20 players have ties to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, including a handful that currently play for the youth programs of MLS clubs.