CHICAGO (March 19, 2017) — U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach John Hackworth has called eight players in addition to the U.S. Soccer Residency roster for a set of international friendlies against Japan in Bradenton, Fla. The matches, which will aid in preparation for the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, are set to take place on March 19 and March 22.
“Our coaching staffs agreed to play each other in back-to-back matches on each game day,” Hackworth said. “This will allow both staffs to prepare and evaluate a greater number of players each day against a quality international opponent. Since we are building towards CONCACAF qualifying, these matches versus Japan will challenge us in all phases of the game. We scheduled these match days at the same interval that we will be faced with in World Cup Qualifying, so our periodization for these matches will mirror our process in Panama a little over a month from now.”
The eight players joining up with the residency roster are Jake Arteaga, Andrew Carleton, Sergino Dest, CJ Dos Santos, Christopher Durkin, Christopher Goslin, Rayshaun McGann and Alex Mendez. Carleton, Durkin and Goslin signed M.L.S. Homegrown Player contracts in 2016.
The 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, which serves as the qualifying tournament that will send four teams to the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup this October in India, is set to take place in Panama City from April 21–May 7. The tournament will be held at Estadio Rommel Fernández and Estadio Maracaná de Panamá, where the USA have been paired with Jamaica, Mexico, and El Salvador in Group C.
These friendlies against Japan will be a challenge for the U-17 MNT, as the Blue Samurai have already qualified for the U-17 World Cup with a semifinal finish at September’s 2016 Asian Football Confederation U-16 Championship.
“Japan is one of the top programs in the world,” Hackworth said. “We look forward to testing ourselves against an opponent that has already qualified for the 2017 U-17 World Cup.”
“We feel that these matches will be important as we certainly have many tough selection decisions looming in the near future,” Hackworth continued. “That is a credit to the depth of our pool of players, but it makes the job of our coaching staff extremely difficult.”
This will be the U-17 Men’s National Team’s second camp of 2017. The first took place in late February, when the U-17 MNT traveled to San Pedro Sula, Honduras to face Los Catrachos in a set of friendlies.
The birth years for players in this camp range from 2000 to 2001. The age cut-off for this U-17 player pool is players born on or after Jan. 1, 2000.
- Of the 37 players called into this camp, 35 have spent time in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Fourteen players have spent the most seasons registered at an Academy club, with four.
- All born in 2001, goalkeeper David Ochoa, midfielders Taylor Booth, Marcelo Palomino and Indiana Vassilev, and forward Bryan Reynolds Jr. are the youngest players on the roster.
U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (5): Alexander Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), CJ Dos Santos (S.L. Benfica; Philadelphia, Pa.), Justin Garces (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.), Quantrell Jones (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore, Md.), David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake AZ; Casa Grande, Ariz.)
DEFENDERS (11): Jake Arteaga (LA Galaxy; Glendora, Calif.), Carlos Asensio (Atlanta United; Roswell, Ga.), Ethan Bartlow (Crossfire Premier; Woodinville, Wash.), Sergino Dest (Ajax; Almere-stad, Netherlands), Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), Rayshaun McGann (Philadelphia Union; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), James Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.), Chandler Vaughn (D.C. United; Woodbridge, Va.), Tristan Weber (Unattached; San Clemente, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (12): George Acosta (Weston FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Isaac Angking (New England Revolution; Providence, R.I.), , Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake AZ; Eden, Utah), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Chris Goslin (Atlanta United; Locust Grove, Ga.), Alex Mendez (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Marcelo Palomino (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas), Jesus Sahagun (Weston FC; Miami, Fla.), Indiana Vassilev (IMG Academy; Savannah, Ga.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.), Akil Watts (IMG Academy; Fort Wayne, Ind.)
FORWARDS (9): Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Grayson Barber (Sporting Kansas City; Blythewood, S.C.), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United; Powder Springs, Ga.), Matthew Hundley (Real Colorado; Littleton, Colo.), Alejandro Pereira (Orlando City FC; Oveido, Fla.), Bryan Reynolds Jr. (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Texas), William Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Joshua Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallen, Mo.), Tonny Temple (IMG Academy; Millville, Pa.)