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Vazquez named to U.S. roster for U-17 World Cup, Olivas an alternate

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Philadelphia Union II standout David Vazquez is heading to Indonesia to represent the United States at the FIFA U-17 World Cup next month.

Fellow Union II forward Sal Olivas is also joining the United States U-17 team as one of three alternates.

Vazquez, a 17-year-old from Los Angeles, Calif., had 5 goals and 2 assists in 22 appearances for Philadelphia Union II in MLS Next Pro this season. He logged 1,489 minutes.

Vazquez was part of the team that qualified for the World Cup at the Concacaf U-17 Championship in 2022.

The USA kicks off Group E play on Sunday, Nov. 12 against Korea Republic (8 a.m. ET), takes on Burkina Faso on Wednesday, Nov. 15 (5 a.m. ET) and finishes the group stage vs. France on Saturday, Nov. 18 (8 a.m. ET).

All three matches will be played at Jakarta International Stadium in Jakarta and shown on FOX Sports and Telemundo platforms.

Vazquez will be the first active member of the Union organization to compete at the U-17 World Cup since Auston Trusty was on the team in 2015.

FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP ROSTER BY POSITION (CLUB/COUNTRY; U-17 CAPS/GOALS; HOMETOWN)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adam Beaudry (Colorado Rapids; 7/0; Castle Pines, Colo.), Zackory Campagnolo (Colorado Rapids; 1/0; Ft. Myers, Fla.), Duran Ferree (San Diego Loyal SC; 4/0; San Diego, Calif.)

DEFENDERS (6): Noahkai Banks (Augsburg/GER; 3/0; Dietmannsried, Germany), Tyler Hall (Inter Miami CF; 14/0; Miramar, Fla.), Aiden Harangi (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER; 11/1; Reston, Va.), Stuart Hawkins (Seattle Sounders FC; 16/0; Fox Island, Wash.), Tahir Reid-Brown (Orlando City SC; 0/0; Orlando, Florida), Oscar Verhoeven (San Jose Earthquakes; 16/0; Pleasant Hill, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Matthew Corcoran (Birmingham Legion FC; 1/0; Dallas Texas), Taha Habroune (Columbus Crew; 9/4; Columbus, Ohio), Cruz Medina (San Jose Earthquakes; 18/6; San Francisco, Calif.), Peyton Miller (New England Revolution; 3/0; Unionville, Conn.), Santiago Morales (Inter Miami CF; 1/0; Weston, Fla.), Paulo Rudisill (Unattached; 18/2; Irvine, Calif.), Pedro Soma (UE Cornella/ESP; 16/1; Coconut Creek, Fla.)

FORWARDS (5): Nimfasha Berchimas (Charlotte FC; 4/2; High Point, N.C.), Micah Burton (Austin FC; 17/5; Mounds View, Minn.), Keyrol Figueroa (Liverpool/ENG; 10/8; Warrington, England), Bryce Jamison (Orange County SC; 4/0; Lake Forest, Calif.), David Vazquez (Philadelphia Union; 13/0; Los Angeles, Calif.)

ALTERNATES: Defenders Shakir Nixon (LAFC) and Luca Bombino (LAFC) and forward Sal Olivas (Philadelphia Union) 

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for TheCup.us, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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