U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team head coach Raphael Wicky has chosen the 21 players to represent 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 opens on 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 United FC; 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-Joe Scally (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-Giovanni Reyna (Borussia Dortmund/GER; Bedford, N.Y.; 15/8), 11-Griffin Yow (D.C. United; Clifton, Va.; 12/7)
ABOUT THE U-17 MNTTwenty of 21 players on the roster have spent at least one season in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, including every player born in the U.S. Thirteen players have logged professional minutes this season in Major League Soccer or USL League One.
Fourteen players return from the USA's 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship squad that clinched the Stars and Stripes' record 17th trip to the U-17 World Cup. Four players were named to the Best XI at the regional championship: defender Kobe Hernandez-Foster, midfielder Daniel Leyva and forwards Gianluca Busio and Giovanni Reyna - all of whom have been selected for the World Cup roster.
Reyna is the U-17s' leading scorer this year and moved to Germany's Borussia Dortmund over the summer to launch his pro career overseas. The son of U.S. Men's National Team legend Claudio Reyna, Gio will play in the U-17 World Cup 30 years after his father did so at the 1989 tournament in Scotland. Busio will be the most experienced professional to ever take the field for the USA at a U-17 World Cup after making 26 league appearances for Sporting Kansas City over the last two seasons.
Since the start of this U-17 cycle in December 2017, the U.S. has put together a 17-8-5 international record, testing themselves against national teams from 18 different countries.
AT THE 2019 FIFA U-17 WORLD CUPThe 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup features 24 nations divided into six groups of four teams. The top two finishers in each group, as well as the four best third-placed teams advance to the knockout round. All 52 matches of the tournament will be played in four venues across Brazil.
2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup - USA Group D Schedule
Sunday, Oct. 27
USA vs. Senegal
Estadio Kleber Andrade; Cariacica, Brazil
Wed., Oct. 30
USA vs. Japan
Sat., Nov. 2
USA vs. Netherlands
Estadio da Serrinha; Goiania, Brazil
The USA has qualified for a record 17 U-17 World Cups and is one of just seven countries to qualify for the last three tournaments.