Friedel Names 20-Player Roster for 2016 Stevan Vilotic Tournament
USA to Face Serbia and France Before Taking Taking Part in a Final Placement Match
CHICAGO (Aug. 30, 2016) – U.S. Under-19 Men’s National Team head coach Brad Friedel has named a 20-player roster for the 2016 Stevan-Vilotic Cele tournament, set to take place from Sept. 1-5 in Subotica, Serbia. This is the 23rd edition of the tournament and the U-19 MNT’s return to action after its appearance in the 2016 COTIF Tournament in Valencia, Spain last month.
The USA kicks off its group with a matchup against Serbia at 11 a.m. ET on Sept. 1 (City Stadium; Subotica) and later faces France at 11 a.m. ET on Sept. 2 (Senta Stadium; Senta). The U-19 MNT will then take part in a placement match on Sept. 5, which will determine the USA’s place in the final tournament standings. The other group in the tournament includes Hungary, Israel, and Ukraine.
The U.S. roster features six players who took part in the 2016 COTIF Tournament, including goal scorers Djordje Mihailovic and Brandon Vazquez. Additionally, nine of the players currently play for Development Academy clubs and 16 of the 20 have Academy ties.
The U-19 MNT enters the tournament with a 5-6-0 overall record in 2016. This tournament comes only a few months after the team won the Slovakia Cup, their first tournament title since the U-19 program was established by U.S. Soccer in 2015.Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brady Scott (De Anza Force; Petaluma, Calif.), Colin Shutler (Loudoun Soccer Club; Broadlands, Va.)
DEFENDERS (6): Danny Barbir (West Bromwich Albion; Allentown, Pa.), Tanner Dieterich (Clemson; Nashville, Tenn.), Sam Golan (Loudoun Soccer Club; Great Falls, Va.), Jake Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Eddie Munjoma (SMU; McKinney, Texas), John Nelson (Internationals SC; Medina, Ohio)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Habib Barry (Seattle Sounders FC; Seattle, Wash.), Eric Calvillo (New York Cosmos; Palmdale, Calif.), Pierre Da Silva (Orlando City SC; Port Chester, N.Y.), Felipe Hernandez (Sporting KC; Murfreesboro, Tenn.), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire; Bridgeview, Ill.), Adam Ozeri (Club Atletico Banfield; New York, N.Y.)FORWARDS (6): Joe Gallardo (Unattached; San Diego, Calif.), Josh Perez (ACF Fiorentina; La Habra, Calif.), Elijah Rice (Washington; Las Vegas, Nev.), Brandon Vazquez (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Haji Wright (Schalke '04; Los Angeles, Calif.), Ethan Zubak (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.)