- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - John Hackworth is taking over as coach of the U.S. under-17 men’s national team for the second time.

The U.S. Soccer Federation said Wednesday that Hackworth is replacing Richie Williams, who has been hired as an assistant coach of Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake.

Hackworth coached the under-17 team from 2004-07, leading it to the quarterfinals of the 2005 Under-17 World Cup and the round of 16 of the 2007 tournament. He coached MLS’s Philadelphia Union from 2012-14.

Williams replaced Wilmer Cabrera as the under-17 coach in 2012. The Americans failed to qualify for the 2013 Under-17 World Cup and were eliminated in the group stage this year.

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