7 MLS academy players among US Under-17 squad called to face Real Madrid Academy in Spain
U.S. Soccer on Tuesday announced a 20-name roster picked by head coach Richie Williams (above) for a US Under-17 national team trip to Spain that includes friendlies against the academy sides of Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano.
Seven of the 20 players selected come from MLS academies, including a pair each from the LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls. Chivas USA, FC Dallas and San Jose also are represented by a player each.
Williams' squad leaves for Spain on Wednesday and will train four days before taking on Real Madrid Academy on Sept. 30. They will then play a game against an undetermined opponent on Oct. 2 before taking on Rayo Vallecano Academy on Oct. 4.
This is the first wave of play with the current roster in preparation for the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship.
US UNDER-17 NATIONAL TEAM 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 FC; San Diego), Thomas McCabe (PDA; South Orange, N.J.), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis), Brian Zelaya (De Anza Force; San Mateo, Calif.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (4): Joe Gallardo (Monterrey FC; San Diego), Joshua Perez (Fiorentina; La Habra, Calif.), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.), Haji Wright (LA Galaxy Academy; Los Angeles)