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U.S. under-18 men's national team roster
July 23rd, 2013 5:15AM

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[MILK CUP] The  U.S. under-18 men’s national team opens against Mexico Monday in the 31st edition of the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland. Head coach Javier Perez's 18-player roster includes three members of the New York Red Bulls and two other players from their academy.

Twelve players on the U-18 roster were born in 1995 and six were born in 1996. Five of the ’96s represented the USA at the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Panama: Christopher Lema, Shaquell Moore, John Requejo Jr., Rubio Rubin and Ahinga Selemani. Wisconsin prep star Andrija Novakovich joined the U-17s for their recent trip to Japan.

U.S. U-18 Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Santiago Castano (New York Red Bulls), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK)
DEFENDERS (6): Jordan Allen (Empire Revolution, Michael Amick (De Anza Force), Trevor Haberkorn (Furman), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Shaquell Moore (Unattached), John Requejo Jr. (Real So Cal)
MIDFIELDERS (3): Brian Iloski (LA Galaxy Academy), Jacori Hayes (Wake Forest), Christopher Lema (New York Red Bulls Academy)
FORWARDS (7): Lynden Gooch (Sunderland), Piakai Henkel (Unattached), Alex Muyl (New York Red Bulls Academy), Amando Moreno (New York Red Bulls), Andrija Novakovich (Chicago Magic PSG), Rubio Rubin (Unattached), Ahinga Selemani (CSA Wolves)


8 comments
  1. Thomas Rubio
    commented on: July 23, 2013 at 8:50 a.m.
    New entrant Andrija Novakovich plays for the Chicago Magic PSG Academy and with Rubin scored 3 goals in japan. He led the USSF Academy in goals per game with 1.16 per just ion front of Winn and Wade, not bad company. He played with Magic US Club teams since he was 12.

  1. Pancho Villa
    commented on: July 23, 2013 at 11:20 a.m.
    Did Andrija play in any club in Wisconsin as well?? Or did he do all of his playing at Chicago Magic?

  1. Aresenal Fan
    commented on: July 23, 2013 at 12:49 p.m.
    Where are the California players??? ha

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: July 23, 2013 at 1:19 p.m.
    Ho Boy-oh boy-oh boy!!! Here we go again, the lack of Javier Perz' forthsight or better yet, "panoramic" view, is obviously blinded by his blinders, vis-a-vis, like the Arsenal Fan says above: "Where are the California players??? ha (sic) holds true to the anti western bias (west of the continental divide and the might Mo and Miss rivers) and points east. What? US Soccer didn't give Perez 'nuff money to look for talents outside his nearsighted and narrow-minded sphere of influence? and that he could "only" id two players from the So Cal area? Please. And to PANCHO VILLA, my nickname is Benito Juarez!

  1. Pancho Villa
    commented on: July 23, 2013 at 3:27 p.m.
    Ric, I like it. Dont you guys find it strange that there is always a very heavy and very consistent ratio of selected players for our National team Camps from East Coast or California?? U14's are about 1/2 from California!! Overall you will notcie that California takes about 35% of Natiuonal Selections. 1 State!! East Coast States, mostly New Jersey, New York, Pensylvania, take about 25% overall.

  1. Pancho Villa
    commented on: July 23, 2013 at 3:31 p.m.
    California is good and probably our best soccer state but every year close to the same ratio on every youth national team??? Really?? Does any other country show this consistency from certain regions?? I heard the reason is so successful now is because they took politics out of National selections. It used to be that wherever the head coach was from thatsd where most of the players elected came from. I heard Spain has always had the players to be at the top but politics would prevail. Now that they found a way to eliminate the politcis now they are kings. We should try that!!

  1. Pancho Villa
    commented on: July 23, 2013 at 4:01 p.m.
    Sorry, meant to say I herad the Reason Spain is so successful now.....

  1. Aresenal Fan
    commented on: July 23, 2013 at 5:01 p.m.
    After further review, actually there are 5 from CA, not as many as that awesome red bulls soccer academy program that keeps churning top notch professional soccer players, but close. Good luck at Milk CUP!!!


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