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U-15 Boys’ National Team to Participate in Delle Nazioni International Tournament

CHICAGO (April 13, 2015) – U.S Under-15 Boy’s National Team head coach John Hackworth has selected a 20-player roster that will travel to Gradisca d’Isonzo, Italy, from April 21-May 2, and compete in the 12th Tournament Delle Nazioni.

The group will first depart to Italy, one of the three host nations for the tournament, where it will prepare for a few days before heading to Slovenia for its opening-round match on April 25 against Costa Rica.

The USA has been drawn into Group C of the tournament alongside Slovenia, Costa Rica and Croatia, and will play all of its group matches in various cities across Slovenia.

Group A will play its group matches in Italy and is formed by England, Saudi Arabia, Japan and Italy. Group B will face against each other in Austria, and is made up of Brazil, Albania, Mexico and Austria.

The roster features 17 players that were born in the year 2000 and three born in 1999.  Twelve of the 20 players participated in the U-15 BNT March domestic training camp in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Half of the roster is comprised of players that participated in the U-15 BNT’s first domestic training camp of the year in Florida from March 7-15.

The group has strong ties to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, with 18 of the 20 having had some involvement with Academy Clubs.

Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Alexander Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy II; Westminster, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Jake Arteaga (LA Galaxy, Glendora, Calif.), Kelee Cornfield-Saunders (Chivas USA; San Marcos, Calif.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Olathe, Ks.), Rayshaun McGann (Philadelphia Union; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Bryan Perez (Sherman Oaks Extreme SC; Los Angeles, Calif.), Chandler Vaughn (D.C. United; Woodbridge, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): George Acosta (Estudiantes de La Plata; Miami, Fla.), Carlos Anguiano Diaz (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Christopher Durkin (Richmond United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Christopher Goslin (Georgia United; Locust Grove, Ga.), Nicholas Taitague (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.)
FORWARDS (5): Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Zico Bailey (LA Galaxy; Las Vegas, Nev.), Andrew Carleton (Georgia United; Powder Springs, Ga.), Lucas Del Rosario (Capital Area RailHawks; Durham, N.C.), Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.; Rosedale, N.Y.)

U.S. U-16 BNT Headed to Netherlands International Tournament with 21-Player Roster

CHICAGO (March 2, 2015) – The U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team is headed to Rotterdam, Netherlands, for a March 7-16 trip to take part in the Netherlands International Tournament.

The camp will be highlighted by matches against the Republic of Ireland on March 11, the Czech Republic on March 13 and the Netherlands on March 15.

A 21-player roster will represent the USA in the four-team tournament. This marks the third U-16 BNT camp for this cycle, having previously met for a November camp in France, followed by the 2015 Aegean Cup International Youth Tournament in January. Eight players in this current roster competed at the Aegean Cup, which included a 2-0 victory against Romania.

Eighteen of the 21 players currently play in the Development Academy.

The U-16 camp is dually coached by Shaun Tsakiris and Luchi Gonzalez.

Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif.), Brady Scott (De Anza Force; Petaluma, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (7): Jose Alfaro Jr. (Fuerza Monarca; West Chicago, Ill.), Calvin Aroh (New England Revolution; Glastonbury, Conn.), McKay Eves (Real Salt Lake AZ; San Diego, Calif.), Harold Hanson (FC Golden State; Ontario, Calif.), Daniel Jones (New England Revolution; West Hartford, Conn.), Rayshaun McGann (Philadelphia Union; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Francisco Torres (Nomads; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Raul Aguilera Jr. (Orlando City; Sanford, Fla.), Jose Carranza (D.C. United; Manassas, Va.), Jonathan Gonzalez (Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Christopher Goslin (Georgia United; Locust Grove, Ga.), Nicholas Taitague (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.), Juan Pablo Torres (Georgia United; Lilburn, Ga.)
FORWARDS (6): Andrew Carleton (Georgia United; Powder Springs, Ga.), Lucas del Rosario (Capital Area RailHawks Academy – CASL; Durham, N.C.), Justin Rennicks (New England Revolution; Boston, Mass.), Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain; Rosedale, N.Y.), Hanif Wright (Unattached; Los Angeles, Calif.), Aristotle Zarris (Real Salt Lake AZ; Casa Grande, Ariz.)

Richie Williams Names 28 Players to U-17 MNT 2015 Spring Residency Roster

CHICAGO (Jan. 27, 2015) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has invited 28 players to the 2015 Spring Semester of the U.S. U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida.

In late February and early March, the U-17 MNT will be participating in the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, which serves as the qualifying tournament for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup for the CONCACAF region.

“This is an important semester for us and an important year for this cycle,” Williams said. “With World Cup qualifying at the beginning of March, it will be important for us to continue training well and performing well. We also need to find a balance with this group and some of the players who are not with us on a regular basis to form a 20-man roster that will head to qualifying to compete and get results.”

The U-17 Residency Program roster features 24 players who were with the team during the 2014 fall semester. The four newcomers to the group are defender Matthew Constant, midfielder Giuseppe Barone and forwards Elvir Ibisevic and Josh Perez.

The Residency roster also includes 25 players currently registered with Development Academy clubs, and 27 in all with ties to the Academy.

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif.), Will Pulisic (Richmond United; Mechanicsville, Va.), Kevin Silva (Players Development Academy; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (9): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls Academy; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy Academy; Norwalk, Calif.), Matthew Constant (Dallas Texans; Carrollton, Texas), Nikkye De Point (Revolution Empire; Rochester, N.Y.), Tanner Dieterich (Real Salt Lake AZ; Nashville, Tenn.), John Nelson (Internationals; Medina, Ohio), Matthew Olosunde (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trenton, N.J.), Logan Panchot (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; St. Louis, Mo.), Alexis Velela (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Giuseppe Barone (Crew SC Academy Wolves; Grandville, Mich.), George Braima (Crew SC Academy; Columbus, Ohio), Eric Calvillo (Real So Cal; Palmdale, Calif.), Keegan Kelly (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore, Md.), Thomas McCabe (Players Development Academy; South Orange, N.J.), Luka Prpa (Chicago Magic PSG; Wind Lake, Wis.), Nick Taitague (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.), Alejandro Zendejas (FC Dallas Academy; El Paso, Texas)
FORWARDS (8): Pierre Da Silva (Orlando City SC; Port Chester, N.Y.), Lucas Del Rosario (Capital Area RailHawks Academy – CASL; Durham, N.C.), McKinze Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Joe Gallardo (Monterrey; San Diego, Calif.), Elvir Ibisevic (Sporting Iowa; Urbandale, Iowa), Eric Matzelevich (Bethesda-Olney; Washington, D.C.), Josh Perez (Unattached; La Habra, Calif.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.)

About the U-17 Residency Program:
The U.S. players live on campus at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, and train in the morning under the guidance of the U.S. U-17 MNT coaching staff. In the afternoon, the players attend classes at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. While in the full-time residency program, the U.S. not only trains daily, but also has access to the IMG Academy facilities. The team regularly uses IMG’s state-of-the-art strength-training facilities, as well as some of the nation’s best sports psychologists who work at the Academy. The IMG Academies include top-of-the-line soccer equipment, Bermuda grass fields, renovated student housing and dining facilities.

Since its inception, approximately 400 players have been through the full-time Residency Program, and more than 100 players have moved on to Major League Soccer and other professional leagues.

The first full-time U.S. Soccer Residency Program began on Jan. 17, 1999, when U.S. Soccer collected 20 of the country’s elite youth players to train year-round.

18 Players Named to U-16 BNT Roster for Aegean Cup in Turkey

CHICAGO (Jan. 12, 2015) – The U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team is headed to Manisa, Turkey, to take part in the 2015 Aegean Cup International Youth Tournament from Jan. 19-24.

An 18-player roster will represent the USA and open Group A play against Romania on Monday, Jan. 19. The U-16 BNT then faces Norway on Jan. 20 and Turkey on Jan. 22. Following group play in the eight-team tournament, the top group teams will face each other in the championship on Jan. 24. A third-place match also will be held on that day.

Group B includes the Czech Republic, France, Greece and Ukraine.

Luchi Gonzalez, the head coach of the FC Dallas U-16 Development Academy team and Shaun Tsakiris, De Anza Force’s U-14 and U-16 head coach, are overseeing the USA squad.

Nine players among this group were part of the U-16 BNT’s November camp in France to cap off 2014. Sixteen of the 18 players on this roster were born in 1999 and two in 2000.

There are 14 current Development Academy players and 17 overall who have had ties to the Academy.

U.S. U-16 BNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Carlos Avilez (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (5): Roger Batse (Capital Area RailHawks – CASL; Raleigh, N.C.), McKay Eves (Real Salt Lake AZ; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Kyle Gruno (Leicester City; Saddle River, N.J.), Rayshaun McGann (Philadelphia Union; Palm Beach, Fla.), Matthew Real (Philadelphia Union; Drexel Hill, Pa.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Raul Aguilera Jr. (Orlando City; Sanford, Fla.), Jose Alfaro Jr. (Monarcas Morelia; Chicago, Ill.), Jose Carranza (D.C. United; Manassas, Va.), Marty Raygoza (FC Golden State; South El Monte, Calif.), Juan Pablo Torres (Georgia United; Liburn, Ga.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.)
FORWARDS (5): Lucas del Rosario (Capital Area RailHawks – CASL; Durham, N.C.), Jonathan Gonzalez (Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Leo Marquez-Ramirez (Leon; Visalia, Calif.), Justin Rennicks (New England Revolution; Boston, Mass.), Adolfo Trujillo (De Anza Force; Livermore, Calif.)

22 Players to Represent U.S. U-16 Boys’ National Team for Nov. 13-21 Camp in France

CHICAGO (Nov. 4, 2014) – A 22-player roster has been named to the U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team’s international camp from Nov. 13-21 in Clairefontaine, France, near Paris.

The U-16 BNT roster of mostly 1999-born players (19 of the 22) has been formed to provide the younger age group of U-17s with an opportunity for additional international competition and training. U.S. Soccer technical advisor and former U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team assistant coach Clint Peay will oversee the camp.

The USA will face France’s U-16s on Thursday, Nov. 20, in Clairefontaine. The U.S. is also potentially going to schedule another match against a French club team, with details to be announced at a later date.

The roster includes 18 current Development Academy players, with 21 of the 22 players on the roster having been a part of the Academy system. LA Galaxy Academy goalkeeper Eric Lopez, 15, became the youngest player to earn a USL PRO contract, signing with LA Galaxy II on Monday.

Lopez and Monterrey forward Jonathan Gonzalez have both been capped several times for the U.S. U-17 MNT. Lopez has two caps and a shutout victory (4-0 against Faroe Islands on July 31) in international competition for the U-17s, while Gonzalez has earned three caps and logged 184 minutes for the older age group.

Forward Lucas Del Rosario and defender McKay Eves have also been called into previous U-17 MNT competition, but they have yet to earn an international cap at that age level.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Alex Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (8): Jose Alfaro Jr. (Fuerza Monarca; West Chicago, Ill.), Andrew Aprahamian (Philadelphia Union; Malvern, Pa.), Jordi Avila (Kendall SC; Hialeah Gardens, Fla.), McKay Eves (Real Salt Lake AZ; San Diego, Calif.), Kyle Gruno (Leicester City; Saddle River, N.J.), Matthew Real (Philadelphia Union; Drexel Hill, Pa.), Daniel Villegas (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Raul Aguilera Jr. (Orlando City; Sanford, Fla.), Jose Carranza (D.C. United; Manassas, Va.), Christopher Goslin (Georgia United; Locust Grove, Ga.), Nicholas Taitague (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.), Juan Pablo Torres (Georgia United; Lilburn, Ga.)
FORWARDS (7): Andrew Carleton (Georgia United; Powder Springs, Ga.), Lucas Del Rosario (Capital Area RailHawks – CASL; Durham, N.C.), Jonathan Gonzalez (Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Jeanpaul Marin (New York Red Bulls; Rego Park, N.Y.), Marty Raygoza (FC Golden State; South El Monte, Calif.), Adolfo Trujillo (De Anza Force; Livermore, Calif.), Hanif Wright (Unattached; Los Angeles, Calif.)

Clint Peay

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