Zeke Soto and U.S. U-17 National Team qualify for U-17 World Cup


Following the side’s 5-3 victory over Guatemala in the quarterfinals, the United States U-17 National Team, along with Dynamo Academy striker Zeke Soto, have qualified for the 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru this winter.

"Qualifying for the U-17 World Cup is a tremendous accomplishment for all of the US players and staff, and such a valuable experience for Zeke,” Dynamo Academy general manager Tony Vigil said. “He has been able to contribute on the pitch, battle against the best in Concacaf, and will be able to leverage his experiences as he works to continue his development. I am certain that he and his USYNT teammates are focused on winning the whole thing in Guatemala, and he has certainly represented our Club well thus far.

Soto, who is competing in his first major international tournament with the United States, has recorded two goals and an assist in his five appearances in the competition thus far. Soto was a starter for the U-17’s victories over Barbados and Canada in Group F action.

The United States and Mexico have each punched tickets to Friday’s semifinal matches, which will see them face one of the winners of the quarterfinals between Puerto Rico and Canada plus Panama versus Honduras. Kickoff is slated for 4pm CST. Throughout the tournament, fans can see all the action on Fox Soccer 2 and ViX+.