To keep you up to date on all the happening on the U.S. Youth Soccer National Team front, we bring you another edition of our National Team Update.
U-17 Men’s National Team
As the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup inches close and closer, U.S. is set to kick off against host India on the opening night October 6, U-17 head coach John Hackworth has called 25-players to participate in a 10-day training camp at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, from September 5-14.
The purpose of this camp is to serve as another opportunity for the squad to get together before they travel to Asia. Seventeen of the 25 players competed in last month’s International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek, where they finished third.
“Coming off our recent tournament in the Czech Republic, this pre-World Cup training camp will be an opportunity to work on specific details that we feel will be important to be able to execute as a team in India,” Hackworth said. “There is competition at every roster spot, but this group always keeps that competitive element in a healthy perspective relative to the overall goals of the team.”
The U.S. is set to kick off against host India on opening night of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup on October 6, followed by Group Stage matches with Ghana on Oct. 9 and Colombia on Oct. 12. The first two games will be played at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, while the third will be played at Dr. DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alex Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Justin Garces (Atlanta United FC; Miami, Fla.), Quantrell Jones (D.C. United; Baltimore, Md.)
DEFENDERS (8): Jake Arteaga (LA Galaxy, Glendora, Calif.), Carlos Asensio (Atlanta United FC; Roswell, Ga.), Ethan Bartlow (Crossfire Premier; Woodinville, Wash.), George Bello (Atlanta United FC, Douglassville, Ga.), Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), Tyler Shaver (New York City FC; Greenwich, Conn.), Akil Watts (Portland Timbers, Fort Wayne, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): George Acosta (North Carolina FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake; Eden, Utah), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Soccer Club; Southlake, Texas), Chris Goslin (Atlanta United FC; Locust Grove, Ga.), Alex Mendez (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Indiana Vassilev (Unattached; Savannah, Ga.)
FORWARDS (7): Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton Ont.), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Matthew Hundley (Colorado Rapids; Littleton, Colo.), Ulysses Llanez (LA Galaxy; Lynwood, Calif.), Alejandro Pereira (Orlando City SC; Oveido, Fla.), Bryan Reynolds (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Texas), Joshua Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallon, Mo.)
U-14/U-15 Girls’ National Teams
The U.S. U-14 and U-15 Girls’ National Teams will hold a joint training camp next week at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California.
24 players have been called up for each age group. For the U-15s, this is the first year of a two-year cycle before the squad transitions to the U-17s in 2019, when they will try to qualify for the 2020 FIFA U-27 Women’s World Cup. For the U-14s, they would usually meet next year, 2018, but this year’s camp allows the team a chance for a head start.
U.S. U-15 GNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Haley Craig (Hawks-Wolves SC; Dexter, Mich.), Isabella Grust (San Diego Surf; Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), Neeku Purcell (Seattle Reign; Seattle, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (7): Baleigh Bruster (Tophat SC; Smyrna, Ga.), August Hunter (Seattle Reign; Seattle, Wash.), Andrea Kitahata (San Jose Earthquakes; Hillsborough, Calif.), Phoenix Miranda (Leahi SC; Aiea, Hawaii), Ayo Oke (Concorde Fire; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Kellie Pagador (Placer United; Roseville, Calif.), Lilly Reale (South Shore Select; Hingham, Mass.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Korbin Albert (Eclipse Select SC; Gurnee, Ill.), Colby Barnett (Strikers FC; Los Alamitos, Calif.), Summer Denigan (Cincinnati Development Academy; Union, Ky.), Emma Egizii (Beach FC; Downey, Calif.), Carina Lageyre (Weston SC; Cooper City, Fla.), Olivia Pena (Solar Chelsea; Irving, Texas), Isabella Piete (San Diego Surf; Alpine, Calif.),
FORWARDS (7): Simone Jackson (Slammers FC; Redondo Beach, Calif.), Caetlyn Johannes (Valley Isle SA; Kihei, Hawaii), Arianna Manrique (Tophat SC; Buford, Ga.). Alexis Missimo (Solar Chelsea; Southlake, Texas), Dorrian Savage (San Diego Surf; Chula Vista, Calif.), Jillian Shimkin (FC Fury; Rockville Center, N.Y.), Amelia White (Fort Wayne United; Fort Wayne, Ind.)
U.S. U-14 GNT Roster:
PLAYERS (24): Mikayla Abrenica (Legends FC; Temecula, Calif.), Jordan Brown (Heat FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Maggie Cagle (SC Del Sol; Phoenix, Ariz.), Lindsey Chau (Legends FC; Highland, Calif.), Meka Doyle (San Jose Earthquakes; Berkeley, Calif.), Elise Evans (San Jose Earthquakes; Redwood City, Calif.), Jill Flammia (Richmond United; Manakin-Sabot, Va.), Juliauna Hayward (Real Colorado; Thornton, Colo.), Lumi Kostmayer (Oakwood SC; Southbury, Conn.), Georgia Leb (Solar Chelsea; Colleyville, Texas), Bridgette Marin-Valencia (PSV Union; San Francisco, Calif.), Molly Martin (FC Stars of Mass; Acton, Mass.), Ava Minnier (Penn Fusion; Downington, Pa.), Allison Montoya (MVLA SC; Los Altos, Calif.), Olivia Moultre (Beach FC; Canyon County, Calif.), Jordan Nytes (Real Colorado; Aurora, Colo.), Kayla Reed (Sky Blue-PDA; East Brunswick, N.J.), Jaedyn Shaw (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Evelyn Shores (Tophat SC; Atlanta, Ga.), Emma Stransky (Internationals; Copley, Ohio), Maggie Taitano (San Diego Surf; Carlsbad, Calif.), Alyssa Thompson (Real So Cal; Studio City, Calif.), Teagan Wy (West Coast FC; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), Ella Zimmerman (Tophat SC; Cumming, Ga.)