The United States under-17 national team begin their World Cup campaign today in Chile. They take on Nigeria in their first Group A match. This young side is full of talent and potential, but have suffered several bad results leading up to this tournament. Despite the poor form, hopes are high that this crop of talent can become something special.
(4-3-3) William Pulisic (Richmond United); Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy), John Nelson (Internationals), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union Academy), Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy); Eric Cavillo (Real So Cal), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Alejandro Zendejas (F.C. Dallas); Haji Wright (New York Cosmos), Joe Gallardo (Monterrey), Joshua Perez (Unattached)
Richie Williams' lineup for the first group game looks features very little surprises and resembles most of the lineups we saw at the CONCACAF Championships in January. While the attacking four of Pulisic, Wright, Gallardo, and Perez are all bright talents, keep an eye on the full backs Olosunde and Nelson. Both are very talented and extremely gifted with technique.
How to Watch
Who: United States U-17's vs. Nigeria U-17's
Where: Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos; Santiago, Chile
When: Saturday, October 17, 4 p.m. ET
How: Fox Sports 2 and Telemundo