As we move down the age bracket, the FCD U17s Academy side will be playing in the 2022 Generation adidas Cup and not the Dallas Cup.
As of yet, I don’t have an official roster for the GA Cup, so I’ll list the players I have who could be eligible and if I get the official roster I will come back make an edit.
FC Dallas Academy U17s
Coach: Matias Asorey
Bracket Unknown: Paired against Crew SC, St Louis SC, and Club Tijuana.
As I mentioned with the U19s, a bunch of 2005s – who are U17s by year – play up with the 19s and many have been rostered for the Dallas Cup. But, since these are two separate tournaments, the 2005s can all be listed for the U17s as well. They can cross back and forth between the U17s and U19s.
So don’t be shocked if FCD stacks some of the 2005s with the 2006s in the U17s for the GA Cup to make a run at winning it. It’s always been a Cup they have wanted to lift.
Who to Watch
In addition to the 2005s I listed in the U19 article, here are a few 2006s to keep an eye on.
Jared Salazar – 2006, Attacking mid. Playmaker, string-puller. Heavily favors the left foot. NTX camp this spring. He’s got bags of skill, I would like him to influence games a little more but he’s a big talent.
Malachi Molina – 2006, Outside back or wing with potential. I think his pro future is at outside back. Similar genre to Bryan Reynolds if Mal’s progression continues. He played the entire FCD first-team scrimmage last Friday.
Nayrobi Vargas – 2006, big intimidating 9. Days he’s on, he’s unstoppable. Lots of raw ability, another player that might be massive if he gets it all together.
Julian Eyestone – 2006, 6’6″ keeper. NTX and FC Dallas training. Big upside and top-tier talent. Very athletic for his size. Sometimes US U17s.
Anthony Ramirez – 2006, Attacking mid or wing. A profile like Jesus Ferreira. Frequent Mexico YNT callups. Bounces between North Texas, U19s, U17s, Mexico YNT, and even FC Dallas camp when it opened this spring. My current “please sign him to a Homegrown contract” player in the Academy.
Ale Urzua – 2006, linking mid. FC Dallas and North Texas training, NTX scrimmages. For me, the most consistent top-end performer of the primary U17 players. Always delivers with a great engine and range. One of my favorites in the Academy.
U17 Generation adidas Cup Roster
Number note: With FC Dallas, you can tell a player’s primary roster by their numbers. U19s are 0-29 and U17s are 30 and up. So on this roster, #30 and down are usually U17s.
Players whose names are blue were rostered with the U19s in the Dallas Cup.
Update 4/8: the roster has been trimmed down. Only 4 players normally on the U19 roster (numbers 1-29).
|1||Aaron Salinas||2005||G||Recent first-team training invitee.|
|2||Adrian Anguiano||2005||CB||Recently returned from the ACL/MCL double. NTX training and scrimmage games. Former Mexico U16.|
|6||Diego Hernandez||2005||CM||6 or 8. Made NTX debut 2 years ago.|
|11||Nighte Pickering||2005||F/W||NTX training. Signed with an agent.|
|30||Jared Salazar||2006||AM||Skilled playmaker, lefty. NTX training.|
|31||Malachi Molina||2006||OB/W||“Mal” FCD & NTX training.|
|32||Nolan Norris||2005||LB||NTX training and scrimmage games. On the bench for NTX opener. Furman commit.|
|34||Nayrobi Vargas||2006||F||Massive 9.|
|35||Luke Shreiner||2006||D||From Dallas Texans.|
|41||Kris Kelley||2006||F/W||NTX training. Super quick slasher. The younger Kelley brother.|
|42||Mason Grimm||2005||D||Most often a CB.|
|44||Tate Jones||2006||D||CB or outside. A recent arrival from Seattle.|
|48||Jared Aguilar||2005||DM||Holding mid. NTX training and scrimmage games. On the bench for NTX opener.|
|51||Anthony Ramirez||2005||M/W||NTX training and scrimmages. Mexico YNT.|
|54||Toro Brandon||2006||D||CB or outside back, leader, captain. Good athlete and a smart player.|
|55||Ale Urzua||2006||CM||An 8 profile. FCD/NTX training.|
|70||Kevin Kelley||2005||F/W||NTX training. Super quick slasher. The older Kelley brother.|
|—||Dylan Lacy||M||New player from Philly. I don’t know much about him.|
These are the players not rostered and my thought as to why, if I have any. Numbers 33 and down are the younger players are the answer is probably just age.
|9||Tarik Scott||Rostered with U19s and NTX.|
|12||Jordan Jones||Rostered with U19s.|
|15||Pranav DuBroff||Rostered with U19s.|
|16||Carlos Sanchez||No longer with FC Dallas.|
|17||Chris Sanchez||No longer with FC Dallas.|
|21||Victor Gomez||Rostered with U19s injured recently.|
|22||Cristian Gallo||Rostered with U19s.|
|33||Jack Minsky||With ECNL 06 for the DC.|
U17 Generation adidas Cup Schedule
|Apr. 10||1 pm||Field 6||Crew SC Academy U17|
|Apr. 11||9 am||Field 7||St. Louis City SC U17|
|Apr. 12||3 pm||Field 5||Club Tijuana|