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Ricardo Pepi earns U-17 World Cup call-up from United States

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Academy star Nico Carrera also finds his way onto the roster.

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FC Dallas will send another young Homegrown player to a World Cup this year. Homegrown forward Ricardo Pepi has been called up by head coach ­­­­­­­Raphael Wicky to represent the United States U-17 Men’s National Team in the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup running from October 26 to November 17 in Brazil.

FC Dallas Academy player Nicolas Carrera will also join Pepi and the U.S. U-17 team.

The 16-year old Pepi has five goals in 15 appearances for the U-17 squad, last appearing in the 4 Nations Tournament in Assen, Netherlands in September. Pepi signed a Homegrown deal with FC Dallas back in June after becoming the first player signed to the club’s USL League One team, North Texas SC, last December. Pepi finished as USL League One’s fifth-leading scorer with nine goals in 12 appearances and helped North Texas SC reach the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the league’s inaugural season.

Carrera earns his third call-up to the U.S. U-17 squad after first joining the team in July. He has scored five goals in 38 appearances so far with the FC Dallas Academy and made his professional debut for North Texas SC this season against Toronto FC II on June 12.

The U-17 National Team was drawn into Group D for the 18th edition of the tournament and will play matches against Senegal, Japan and Netherlands in the group stage.