[VACLAV JEZEK TOURNAMENT] Head coach Javier Perez's squad of 20 players for the U.S. under-18 national team's trip to the Vaclav Jezek Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic includes youth stars Haji Wright and Mukwelle Akale, who are at Schalke 04 in Germany and Villarreal in Spain, respectively.
Both players are too young to sign contracts with their clubs. Wright is 16, and Akale is 17.
Collin Fernandez, Coy Craft and Sebastian Saucedo, who have all signed Homegrown
contracts with MLS clubs, are among the players that will represent the U.S. under-18 national team.
Also called up was U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann's son, Jonathan, and Cameron Carter-Vickers, who is currently part of Tottenham's U-18
U.S. under-18 national team roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (Irvine Strikers), J.T.
Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes academy)
DEFENDERS (6): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham/ENG), Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls academy), Justen Glad
(Real Salt Lake), Malcolm Jones (LA Galaxy academy), Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire academy)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Mukwelle Akale
(Villarreal/SPA), Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire), Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire academy), Jorge Ruiz (LA Galaxy academy), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake), Ben Swanson (Crew Soccer Academy), Sean
Wilson (Philadelphia Union academy), Jackson Yueill (Minnesota Thunder)
FORWARDS (4): Coy Craft (FC Dallas), Sebastian Elney (Boca United), Victor
Mansaray (Seattle Sounders FC academy), Haji Wright (Unattached)