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FC Dallas youngster chooses U.S. over Mexico

Gregg Berhalter speaks highly of new USMNT first team members Sergino Dest and Paxton Pomykal, after naming his 26-player squad for upcoming friendlies.

FC Dallas youth team player Nicolas Carrera has decided to represent the United States over Mexico, having been involved in camps for both in the lead up to the Under-17 World Cup, which starts in October in Brazil.

The versatile Mexico-born 17-year-old can play in defense or midfield and made his professional debut in USL League One for North Texas SC back in June, shortly before he was called into Mexico's Under-17 squad for the Niigata Tournament in Japan.

Carrera was part of the Mexico squad...

Mexico edges U.S. late for 4th straight U17 crown

Israel Luna scored the tie-breaking goal in the 108th minute, and Mexico beat the United States 2-1 in extra time Thursday night to win its fourth straight CONCACAF Under-17 Championship.

Mexico has won eight CONCACAF Under-17 titles and the U.S. three, in 1983, 1992 and 2011. Costa Rica and Cuba have won one each.

The U.S., Mexico, Canada and Haiti qualified for the Under-17 World Cup by winning their quarterfinals. The tournament will be played in Brazil from Oct. 5-27.

Griffin Yow put the United...

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LA Galaxy's Efrain Alvarez: 'I could still play for the U.S.' or stay with Mexico

LA Galaxy academy player Efrain Alvarez scores a hat trick and celebrates like first-team star Robbie Keane.

LA Galaxy prospect Efrain Alvarez says he could still decide to play for the United States despite his switch to Mexico's youth system.

Alvarez, who only turned 16 last month, was called up to Mexico's under-17 team this summer, but he told MLSsoccer.com that his senior international future is still to be determined.

"I'm not closing the door on anyone," he said ahead of Tuesday's MLS Homegrown Game. "I could still play for the U.S. or I could keep playing for Mexico. But I'm with Mexico...

Iran hold on for fighting win against Mexico

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Iran set up a quarterfinal clash with Spain with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Mexico in the round of 16 of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Goa on Tuesday.

Mohammad Sharifi gave Iran an early lead from the penalty spot in the 7th minute. The spot kick was awarded following a silly challenge by Adrián Vázquez on Mohammad Ghaderi inside the box. Allahyar Sayyad made it 2-0 in the 11th minute with a neat finish from outside the box.

Iran took their foot off the gas after the early goals,...

U-17 WC pre-quarters: Who, where and what

Ghana's Eric Ayiah (No. 6) celebrates a goal with his coach during the match against India in New Delhi.
Ghana's Eric Ayiah (No. 6) celebrates a goal with his coach during the match against India in New Delhi.

After nine days and an impressive ratio of 3.5 goals per match, the group stages of the U17 World Cup are over and it's time to get serious with some knockout football. From here, matches tied at full time will go straight to penalties.

The tournament hasn't been set ablaze so far and perhaps this is the time for real heroes. This is how the matchups look like. 

October 18

Match 7: Ghana vs. Niger - 5pm, Mumbai

Ghana showed India how ruthless they can be. Fast and direct in attack, compact...