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By RYAN TOLMICH
U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has named his squad for the upcoming Josip Katalinski International Tournament that is set to take place April 3-6 in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Williams’ squad sees the return of 18 players from last month’s tour of the Pacific Northwest, including regulars Haji Wright and Christian Pulisic. They will be joined by Joe Gallardo and Luca de la Torre, who last played for the team in the Aegean Cup, as well as Daniel Barbir and Weston McKennie, who return for the first time since the 2013 Nike International Friendlies
The U.S. U-17s will open the tournament against the Montenegro U-17 team April 3 before facing off with the Sarajevo Select the following day. The results of those matchups will then determine whether the U.S takes on either the Bosnia U-17 national team, Belgrade Select or the Macedonia U-17 national team on April 6.
Following the tournament, the team will play a pair of friendlies against Croatia on April 8 and 10.
Here’s a closer look at the U-17 squad for this week’s Josip Katalinski International Tournament:
U.S. UNDER-17 MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM SQUAD FOR JOSIP KATALINSKI INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT
GOALKEEPERS (2): William Pulisic (Richmond Strikers; Mechanicsville, Va.), 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 (Unattached; Allentown, Pa.), Tanner Dieterich (TN Soccer Club; Nashville, Tenn.), Edwin Lara (De Anza Force; San Leandro, Calif.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): George Braima (Crew Soccer Academy; Columbus, Ohio), Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Luca de la Torre (Fulham; San Diego, Calif.), Thomas McCabe (PDA; South Orange, N.J.), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (6): Pierre Da Silva (New York Soccer Club; Port Chester, N.Y.), McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Joe Gallardo (Monterrey; San Diego, Calif.), Weston McKennie (FC Dallas Academy; Little Elm, Texas), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.), Haji Wright (LA Galaxy Academy; Los Angeles, Calif.)
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