Philadelphia Union II forward Sal Olivas has been named a first alternate for the United States at the 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Indonesia.
Olivas will be part of the roster selected by Head Coach Gonzalo Segares that will train in Bali for two weeks before traveling on Tuesday, Nov. 7 to Jakarta, which will host all three of the U.S. group stage games. Olivas is one of three alternates that will travel with the U.S. to Indonesia to train with the team prior to the tournament; he could be promoted to the World Cup roster up to 24 hours prior to the event due to an injury.
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 Vasquez (Philadelphia Union; 13/0; Los Angeles, Calif.).
The United States opens Group Stage play against South Korea on November 12th followed by Burkina Faso on November 15th and France on November 18th.
The U.S. will look to continue its successful legacy at this tournament in its record 18th appearance, tied with Brazil for the most all-time. A litany of senior U.S. Men’s National Team stars have launched their careers at the U-17 World Cup- 38 players who have represented the United States at this tournament have gone on to be capped by the full USMNT. Appearances in previous U-17 World Cups has played a key role in building the current USMNT player pool – 10 players on the USA’s 2022 FIFA World Cup squad played in this age group tournament.
Players born on or after Jan. 1, 2006 are age-eligible for the 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Segares called up 17 players born in 2006, four born in 2007 and one born in 2008 – Charlotte FC forward Nimfasha Berchimas.
The 17-year-old forward turned pro on September 8, 2023 and made five appearances in MLS NEXT Pro during the 2023 season.