Former Swiss international arrives as the new Under 17 Men's National Team coach to help develop the youth programs in the United States.
Wicky most recently coached FC Basel to the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 in 2018, holds a UEFA Pro License and has 27 years of experience as player and coach in National teams like Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States.
Nico Romejin, U.S. Soccer Sports Development Officer, said: "We are pleased with the hiring of Raphael, not only because of his impressive background but also as a youth and professional coach. He impressed us with his knowledge and his commitment to contribute to the overall Youth National Teams program to develop our next generation of National Team players.”
Wicky will hold his first training camp with the U-17 Men's National Team in the first week of April in preparation for May's Concacaf U-17 Championship. The tournament will take place from May 1-16 in Bradenton Florida in which the United States will take on Canada, Barbados, and Guatemala at the group stage.
"It's an exciting moment to join U.S. Soccer as a coach; it excites me to be part of the process and work to help the players grow. With the growth of the sport in the United States, I'm really excited to come in and help develop the program," said Wicky.