The United States will kick off their participation in the FIFA U17 World Cup on Saturday, with a pair of New York Cosmos players on the roster. Both forward Haji Wright and defender Alexis Velela have been included in head coach Richie Williams' final squad, with Wright in particular expected to be one of the key players in the group.
The US was drawn into Group A, along with Chile, Croatia, and Saturday's opponent, Nigeria. All three of the group stage matches will be televised and streamed live in the United States, giving Cosmos' fans a chance to check out their young talents competing against the world's best at that age group.
Here's everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's opening match:
Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 3:55 pm ET (12:55 pm PT)
Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos; Santiago, Chile
US viewers will have two options to watch the match on television, either in English on FS2, or in Spanish on Telemundo.
The match will be streamed live on FoxSoccer2Go, as will every United States match during the tournament.
Full United States Roster
GOALKEEPERS: Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy II; Westminster, Calif.), William Pulisic (Richmond United; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS: Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls II; Wappinger Falls, N.Y.),Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Danny Barbir (West Bromwich Albion; Allentown, Penn.), Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake Academy; Nashville, Tenn.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union Academy; Media, Pa.), Alexis Velela (New York Cosmos; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS: Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Luca de la Torre (Fulham F.C. San Diego, Calif.), Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy; South Orange, N.J.), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund; Hershey, Pa.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas; El Paso, Tex.)
FORWARDS: Pierre da Silva (Orlando City SC Academy; Port Chester, N.Y.), Joe Gallardo (C.F. Monterrey; San Diego, Calif.), Josh Perez (Unattached; La Habra, Calif.), Brandon Vazquez (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Haji Wright (New York Cosmos; Los Angeles, Calif.)