Head Coach Raphael Wicky Names USA Roster for 2019 Fifa U-17 World Cup in Brazil
CHICAGO (Oct. 10, 2019)-U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team head coach Raphael Wicky has chosen the 21 players torepresent the United States at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held in Brazil from Oct.26 to Nov. 18.
"I'm excited that the World Cup is finally here and I'm excited about this roster," Wicky said. "This is the biggest stage you can reach at this age group, and I think the team is excited for this amazing moment in their young careers. We have talented players all over the field and one of their biggest strengths is that they have a great team spirit. There were some tough choices to make when selecting the final roster, but that's always a good problem to have.
"The USA kicks off the world championship when Group D play openson Sunday, Oct. 27 vs. Senegal (3:50 p.m. ET; FS1, Telemundo), then faces Japan on Wednesday, Oct. 30 (6:50 p.m. ET; FS2, Universo) and finishes the group stage on Saturday, Nov. 2 vs. Netherlands (6:50 p.m. ET; FS2, Universo).
"To be able to go to a Word Cup and match yourself up against the world's best teams and the best players in your age group is something that everyone looks forward to," Wicky said. "I want to see a team which gives everything in every single game, I want to see a team which is proactive on the field and I want to see a team with a clear identity. I'm excited to get started in Brazil.
"The U.S. roster is made up of 19 players born in 2002 and two born in 2003. Players born on or after Jan. 1, 2002 are eligible for the 2019 U-17 World Cup.
2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup Roster by Position (Club; Hometown; U-17 Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3):21-Aaron Cervantes (Orange County SC; Chino Hills, Calif.; 4/0), 1-Damian Las (Fulham/ENG; Norridge, Ill.; 19/0), 12-Chituru Odunze (Leicester City/ENG; London, England; 7/0)
DEFENDERS (7):15-Sebastian Anderson (Colorado Rapids; Highlands Ranch, Colo.; 4/0), 13-Adam Armour (North Carolina FC; Cary, N.C.; 18/0), 3-George Bello (Atlanta UnitedFC; Douglasville, Ga.;8/1), 4-Nicolas Carrera (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas; 3/0), 14-Tayvon Gray (New York City FC; Bronx, N.Y.; 17/0), 5-Kobe Hernandez-Foster (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.; 23/3), 2-JoeScally (New York City FC; Lake Grove, N.Y.; 19/1)
MIDFIELDERS (5):18-Maximilian Dietz (Freiburg/GER; Frankfurt, Germany; 2/0), 17-Ethan Dobbelaere (Seattle Sounders FC; Seattle, Wash.; 3/0), 8-Bryang Kayo (Orange County SC; Poolesville, Md.; 8/1), 6-Daniel Leyva (Seattle Sounders FC; Las Vegas, Nev.; 7/0), 16-Adam Saldana (LA Galaxy; Panorama City, Calif.; 25/2)
FORWARDS (6):7-Gianluca Busio (Sporting Kansas City; Greensboro, N.C.; 15/7), 20-Andres Jasson (New York City FC; Greenwich, Conn.; 11/1), 19-Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (Seattle Sounders FC; Merced, Calif.; 24/9), 9-Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas; McKinney, Texas; 15/5), 10-GioReyna (Borussia Dortmund/GER; Bedford, N.Y.; 15/8), 11-Griffin Yow (D.C. United; Clifton, Va.; 12/7)
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