The U-17 World Cup in Chile is just a few weeks away and three FC Dallas players look to be in the sights of head coach Richie Williams as they have been called in for a final training camp in Mexico City.
Homegrown signing Alex Zendejas, the youngest player in MLS, has been a part of the team through qualifying and looks to be one of the cornerstones of the side.
FC Dallas U-18 Academy outside back Reggie Cannon was also called in to the squad and could provide a dynamic aspect to the team as an outside back who loves to get forward and push into the attack. Cannon is committed to UCLA and was a key part of last year's U-16 National Championship team.
FC Dallas U-18 Academy midfielder Weston McKinnie was the third player called in to the camp as someone who has come on very strong in the last six months. McKinnie, who spent lots of time with the U-17 residency in Bradenton when he was younger, was another key centerpiece of the U-16 National Championship team and scored a goal in the final. He has trained with the FCD first team on many occasions.
Here is the full release from US Soccer:
CHICAGO (Sept. 21, 2015) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has called 24 players for a training camp in Mexico City, where the team will play two preparation matches against Mexico in its final action ahead of the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.
The U-17’s will face off with Mexico on Wednesday, Sept. 23, and Friday, Sept. 25.
The team is coming off of back-to-back trips to Europe. In August, the U-17 MNT participated in the Vaclav Jezek Tournament in the Czech Republic, going 1-1-2, drawing 1-1 with both Slovenia and Slovakia, and closing out with a 2-1 win against Ukraine. Earlier this month, the U-17’s took second at the 2015 Limoges Tournament in France, where they tied France 0-0, and defeated Australia 6-0.
The team is now less than a month away from the World Cup in Chile, where it has been drawn into Group A with Nigeria, Croatia and Chile. The USA kicks off the tournament’s opening match on Oct. 17 against Nigeria at 4 p.m. ET.
Twenty-two players on the roster have ties to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy Academy; Westminster, Calif.), William Pulisic (Richmond United; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (8): Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Reginald Cannon (FC Dallas Academy; Grapevine, Texas), Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake Academy; Nashville, Tenn.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo.), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union Academy; Media, Pa.), Alexis Velela (New York Cosmos; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls II; Wappinger Falls, N.Y.), Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Jonathan Gonzalez (C.F. Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy; South Orange, N.J.), Weston McKennie (FC Dallas Academy; Little Elm, Texas), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (7): Pierre da Silva (Orlando City SC Academy; Port Chester, N.Y.), McKinzie Gaines (Lonestar S.C.; Austin, Texas), Joe Gallardo (C.F. Monterrey; San Diego, Calif.), Josh Perez (Unattached; La Habra, Calif.), Brian Saramago (New York Red Bulls Academy; Garden City Park, N.Y.) Brandon Vazquez (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Haji Wright (New York Comos; Los Angeles, Calif.)