Lake Grove’s Joseph Scally is among three members of New York City FC’s First Team and Academy who have been selected for the United States U-17 team that will compete in the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Joining Scally is Tayvon Gray of the Bronx and Andres Jasson of Greenwich, Conn. In addition, Borussia Dortmund’s Gio Reyna, son of NYCFC’s Sporting Director Claudio Reyna, was also named to the team.
The three NYCFC players played key roles in New York City’s back-to-back U-19 U.S. Soccer Development Academy National Championship winning seasons in 2018 and 2019, a first for any club at the U-19 age level.
Scally signed a homegrown contract with NYCFC in 2018. At the time of the signing, he was the second-youngest player to ever sign a professional contract in Major League Soccer behind Freddy Adu. The right-back made his competitive debut for the club in the 2018 U.S. Open Cup as a substitute for David Villa.
Gray has been heavily involved for club and country. Along with Scally, he helped the U-17 National Team qualify for this fall’s World Cup. The defensive duo started along the backline in the 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championships Final against Mexico.
Jasson was named the 2019 NYCFC Academy Player of the Year earlier this month. Both he and Gray were involved in the U.S. U-17 side for the 4 Nations Tournament in September, the team’s final official international matches before the World Cup.
“We’re very proud to have three players representing NYCFC at the upcoming U-17 World Cup in Brazil,” said Claudio Reyna. “A lot of the credit goes to the players, their parents and our Academy staff in helping them grow into the talents they are. I’m excited to see their potential on display at the U-17 World Cup and beyond.”
In addition to the players, NYCFC Boys Academy U-19 head coach Matt Pilkington will be part of the U.S. team’s coaching staff. Pilkington has led the team to back-to-back USSDA National Championships and to a strong showing at the 2019 Dallas Cup where the U-19s defeated English club Liverpool FC.
The team coached by Raphael Wicky kicks off their group stage matches on October 27 against Senegal. The U.S. will then play Japan on October 30 and finish with the Netherlands on November 2.
The U.S. U-17 World Cup Roster
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-Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund/GER; Bedford, N.Y.; 15/8), 11-Griffin Yow (D.C. United; Clifton, Va.; 12/7)