While U.S. Soccer is currently focused on the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, a second CONCACAF Championship is set to kick off in a few weeks this time at the U-17 age group. Over in England, the U-18 Women’s National Team wrapped up its trip with a draw against England. To keep you up to date with the best in local talent, we’ll be dropping these U.S. Youth Soccer Updates to keep you informed.
U-17 Men’s National Team
In preparation for the upcoming 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, U-17 Men’s National Team head coach John Hackworth has named a 26-player roster for a domestic camp that will feature two friendly matches against the Honduras U-17 team. Two California natives were named and they are defenders Jean-Julien Foe Nuphaus (Unattached, San Jose) and Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma). Nuphaus is currently with Hoffenheim in Germany.
The U.S. has been paired in Group C with Jamaica, Mexico, and El Salvador. The tournament is being held in Panama from April 21-May 7. Four teams from this tournament will advance to the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.
U-18 Women’s National Team
The U-18 WNT wrapped up its trip to England with a draw against the hosts. Previously, they had defeated England 3-1 and Norway 5-0. The purpose of this trip for U.S. Soccer is to identify players who will form the core of the group that will attempt to qualify for the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
Three California natives were named to the roster. They include: Defender Madelyn Desiano (So Cal Blues; San Clemente), and midfielders Jenna Nighswonger (Slammers FC; Huntingdon Beach), and Kali Trevithick (San Diego Surf; Temecula).
Against England, all three California natives played with Desiano and Nighswonger starting and playing the full match. Against Norway, both Desiano and Trevithick played. In the final match against England, Nighswonger was the only player to play and she was a second half substitute.
Next time this team will come together will be for a domestic camp in April