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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.)

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

U-15 Boys' National Team Headed to Tournament Delle Nazioni

CHICAGO (April 17, 2014) – U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team head coach Hugo Perez has named an 18-player roster for the upcoming Tournament Delle Nazioni in Gradisca d’Isonzo, Italy, that runs from April 25-May 1.

The U.S., which will play a friendly match against a to-be-determined opponent on April 23, is in Group C and opens tournament play against Slovenia on Friday, April 25. The team then plays Mexico on Saturday before concluding group play against China PR on Sunday.

The tournament fields two other four-team groups consisting of Brazil, Israel, Italy and Zambia in Group A, and Azerbaijan, Chile, Croatia and Japan in Group B. The three group winners and best second-placed team of the three groups advance to the tournament semifinals where the Group A winner meets the Group B winner, and the Group C winner faces the best second-placed qualifier on April 29. The tournament final will be played on May 1.

The roster is comprised of a familiar group of players as 14 of the 18 have participated in both the U-15 BNT’s trip to the United Arab Emirates in January and its domestic training camp in Carson, Calif., in March. Club Tijuana defender Angel Uribe is the only player on the roster not to have taken part in either 2014 event; however, he did participate in the U-15 BNT’s first camp of the current cycle back in October of 2013.

Twelve of the players on the roster are currently registered with U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs, while a further two, Jose Alfaro Jr. (Monarcas Morelia) and Kyle Gruno (Leicester City) formerly played with Development Academy teams.

Additionally, former U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tony Meola will accompany the U-15 BNT to Italy to serve as the team’s Goalkeeper Coach. The 2012 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee previously served in a similar capacity for the team’s March training camp at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center.

U.S. U-15 BNT SCHEDULE:
April 23 – U-15 BNT vs. TBD
April 25; 11:30 a.m. ET – U-15 BNT vs. Slovenia; Bilje, Slovenia
April 26; 11:30 a.m. ET – U-15 BNT vs. Mexico; Vipolze, Slovenia
April 27; 11:30 a.m. ET
– U-15 BNT vs. China PR; Vipolze, Slovenia
April 29
– Tournament Delle Nazioni Semifinals
May 1
– Tournament Delle Nazioni Final

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Carlos Avilez (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Erik Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Jose Alfaro, Jr. (Monarcas Morelia; West Chicago, Ill.), McKay Eves (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Kyle Gruno (Leicester City; Saddle River, N.J.), Gabe Kash (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro; Marshall, Ill.), Angel Uribe (Club Tijuana; Tijuana, Mexico), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (4): Raul Aguilera, Jr. (Orlando City; Sanford, Fla.), Jose Carranza (D.C. United; Manassas, Va.), Jonathan Gonzalez (Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Juan Pablo Torres (Georgia United; Lilburn, Ga.)
FORWARDS (6): Lucas Del Rosario (Capital Area RailHawks Academy; Durham, N.C.), Jeanpaul Marin (New York Red Bulls; Rego Park, N.Y.), Leonardo Marquez (Odyssey South; Visalia, Calif.), Marty Raygoza (FC Golden State; South El Monte, Calif.)  Adolfo Trujillo (De Anza Force; Livermore, Calif.), Hanif Wright (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.)

U.S. U-15 BNT Head Coach Hugo Perez Calls 20 Players for International Training Camp in Abu Dhabi

CHICAGO (Jan. 29, 2014) – U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team head coach Hugo Perez named a 20-player roster for a week-long international training camp in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from Jan. 31-Feb. 9.

During the camp, the team will play friendlies against Al Jazira FC on Feb. 3, Oman on Feb. 4 and the United Arab Emirates on Feb. 6 and 8.

Eighteen players on the roster have ties to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, with 16 players currently registered with Academy clubs. Only Jonathan Gonzalez (Atletico Santa Rosa) and Ben Lederman (Barcelona) have never played for an Academy team. The call-up for Lederman is his first with the USA since attending a U-14 camp in November of 2012. Gonzalez has previously been a regular participant with the U.S. at the U-14 and U-15 age levels.

The LA Galaxy Academy leads all Academy teams with three players (Ateno Ajeakwa, Eric Lopez and Hanif Wright) on the roster. Other MLS teams represented include the Colorado Rapids (Sam Vines), D.C. United (Jose Carranza), FC Dallas (Carlos Avilez) and the New York Red Bulls (Tyler Adams and Jeanpaul Marin).

Avilez recently joined the U.S. U-17 MNT as a second goalkeeper for the team’s successful run to the Aegean Cup title in Manisa, Turkey. He played 80 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Scotland. Defender Edwin Lara and midfielder Nicholas Taitague also were called up for the Aegean Cup. Lara played the full 80 minutes in three matches, including the final, while Taitague scored his first international goal at the U-17 age level in the Americans’ 5-2 win against Norway.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2)
: Carlos Avilez (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Erik Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6):
Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Ateno Ajeakwa (LA Galaxy; Gardena, Calif.), McKay Eves (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Kyle Gruno (Leicester FC; Saddle River, N.J.), Edwin Lara (Unattached; San Leandro, Calif.), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (6):
Jose Carranza (D.C. United; Manassas, Va.), Jonathan Gonzalez (Atletico Santa Rosa; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Christopher Goslin (UFA Elite; Locust Grove, Ga.), Ben Lederman (Barcelona; Barcelona, Spain), Nicholas Taitague (FC Richmond Magic; Midlothian, Va.), Juan Pablo Torres (Georgia United; Lilburn, Ga.)
FORWARDS (6):
Lucas Del Rosario (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Jeanpaul Marin (New York Red Bulls; Rego Park, N.Y.), Leonardo Marquez (Odyssey South; Visalia, Calif.), Marty Raygoza (FC Golden State; South El Monte, Calif.), Adolfo Trujillo (De Anza Force; Livermore, Calif.), Hanif Wright (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.)

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