CHICAGO (Oct. 18, 2016) – U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team head coach Shaun Tsakiris has named a 20-player roster that will participate in the Val-de-Marne Tournament set to kick off on Oct. 25 in Val de Marne, France.
The U-16 BNT will arrive in Val de Marne on Oct. 19 to allow a few days of training prior to their first match on Oct. 25 vs. England. The USA will then face Russia on Oct. 27 and wrap up the competition on Oct. 29 with a matchup against the host nation France.
Of the 20 players on the U.S. roster, 17 currently play with U.S. Soccer Development Academy Clubs, two play abroad, and only one remains unattached. In addition, every player on the roster was born in 2001.
This tournament comes on the heels of two domestic training camps in June and September for the U-16s, as well as a fifth place result at the 2016 Delle Nazioni Tournament back in May.
U.S. U-16 BNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Michael Collodi (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Nicolas Defreitas-Hansen (Weston FC; Southwest Ranches, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (9): Nico Benalcazar (NYCFC; Wilton, Conn.), Eduardo Blancas (Real Salt Lake; Napa, Calif.), Cameron Duke (Sporting KC; Olathe, Kan.), John Hilton (Unattached; Long Beach, Calif.), Julian Hinojosa (FC Dallas; Garland, Texas), Ian Hoffmann (Karlsruher SC; Germany), Alexsi Morel (New York City FC; Huntington Station, N.Y.), Eben Noverr (Colorado Rapids; Highland Park, Colo.), Leonardo Sepulveda (LA Galaxy; Corona, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Luis Arriaga (Real Salt Lake; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Azriel Gonzalez (Seattle Sounders FC; Renton, Wash.), Ulysses Llanez (LA Galaxy; Lynwood, Calif.), Marcelo Palomino (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas), Jose Rivas (Weston FC; Weston, Fla.), Indiana Vassilev (IMG Academy; Savannah, Ga.)
FORWARDS (3): Jackson Conway (Atlanta United FC; Marietta, Ga.), Konrad De la Fuente (FC Barcelona; Barcelona, Spain), Stefan Stojanovic (Sockers FC; Des Plaines, Ill.)