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Roster: U.S. U-18 men head to Slovakia Cup
by Mike Woitalla, April 19th, 2017 4:27PM
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U.S. U-18 men’s national team coach Omid Namazi  has named a 23-player roster for the 2017 Slovakia Cup at which the USA faces Hungary (April 24), Belarus (April 25) and Slovakia (April 27) in Group B in a quest to repeat as champion.

"The Slovakia Cup has been held for many years now,” Namazi said. “We entered the tournament last year with our U-19 group, Brad Friedel's group, and Brad's group was able to win it. And now this year, with the U-18s, our goal is the same. We are going with a very good group of players. Obviously, we are coming to the end of this (U-18 player pool) cycle, so our aim is to evaluate the players more, but also have some good performances and hopefully win the tournament."

The U-18s are comprised of players born in 1999 or later.

• FC Dallas and Tijuana Xolos have the largest representation of players on the roster with three each: Shaft Brewer, Brandon Servania and Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas); and Jonathan Esparza, Brian Perez and Angel Uribe (Club Tijuana).

U.S. U-18 men’s national team
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brandon Austin (Tottenham Spurs; U.S. Virgins Islands) Trey Muse (Seattle Sounders; Tukwila, Wash.), Brady Scott (DeAnza Force; Petaluma, Calif.) DEFENDERS (8): Jonathan Esparza (Club Tijuana: Chula Vista, Calif.), Kyle Gruno (Leicester City; Wyckoff, N.J.), Daniel Jones (New England Revolution Academy; West Hartford, Conn.), Jack Maher (Scott Gallagher; Caseyville, Ill.), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; Bear, Del.), Aedan Stanley (St. Louis Scott Gallagher; Columbia, Ill.), Angel Uribe (Club Tijuana; San Diego, Calif.).
MIDFIELDERS (6): Paolo Belloni (Genoa FC; Delray Beach, Fla.), Koby Carr (Texas Rush; San Antonio, Texas), Jose Carranza (North Carolina FC; Manassas, Va.), Brian Perez (Club Tijuana; San Diego, Calif.), Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas; Highland Village, Texas), Brandon Servania (FC Dallas; Birmingham, Ala.).
FORWARDS (7): Shaft Brewer (FC Dallas; Sacramento, Calif.), Lucas del Rosario (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Griffin Dorsey (Colorado Rush; Evergreen, Colo.), Jonathan Gonzalez (FC Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Will Inalien (Portland Timbers; Tamarac, Fla.), Emanuel Perez (CASL; Garner, N.C.), Justin Rennicks (New England Revolution Academy; Hamilton, Mass.).

2017 Slovakia Cup Groups
Group A: Russia, Czech Republic, Ireland, Turkey
Group B: Slovakia, USA, Hungary, Belarus



43 comments
  1. Quarterback TD
    commented on: April 20, 2017 at 8:46 a.m.
    Another thoughtless USSF decision to pull seniors out of High School to attend a wasteful spending tournament just to justify their BS program. What parent in their right mind will accept this ? At this stage in a young adult life and a few more months to graduation finishing school should be priority not playing a wasteful spending tournament.
  1. don Lamb
    commented on: April 20, 2017 at 12:37 p.m.
    If I were the parent of a child talented enough to have the opportunity to travel to Europe and play in a tournament against international competition while representing the United States of America, I would jump at the chance. No question in my mind that the cultural and playing experience would be much more educational than sitting in a classroom.
  1. Quarterback TD
    commented on: April 20, 2017 at 2:22 p.m.
    Don, my son has played in 2 overseas tournaments but never during school semester. However he has missed school for a maximum 3 days for both Academy winter showcases and one day for Dallas Cup. Not everything representing the US people should jump at staying in school is a more important from a child development prospective.. I have nothing but total distain for parents and coaches who does otherwise. I guess you will be one of them
  1. don Lamb
    commented on: April 20, 2017 at 3:19 p.m.
    I happen to believe that real life experiences are much more powerful than being talked at and taking tests. When else are these boys going to get the opportunity to travel to Slovakia and get this type of cultural experience? Not to mention the lessons about leadership, teamwork, sacrifice, hard work, etc. etc. that translate in a massive way to being successful in life.
  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now
    commented on: April 20, 2017 at 3:46 p.m.
    Do you think your life would have greatly diminished by missing a few days of school in April of your senior year of high school? Mine wouldn't have. I'm sure traveling abroad representing their country will be far more educational. Some people just aren't happy unless they are complaining.
  1. Quarterback TD
    commented on: April 20, 2017 at 4:41 p.m.
    Don/Fire, you two are great role models for the kids that are always falling behind because of soccer. You should be proud of yourselves for promoting ignorance over education. No one give a flying eff about Slovakia cultural experience. Asked those kids what they know about Slovakia they will give you a one word answer "Dunno".. These kids don't even know American culture outside of their own county or community but we are sending them to a former communist country. Why don't you send them to Iraq they have wonderful soccer and the cradle of modern day civilization under Mesopothemia civilization. Both of you can move there also. All you do is make those teachers job more screwed up and difficult by not fully supporting your education system. Also it's great that you mention teamwork and sacrifices I wonder how the kids that they left back to complete their school group assignments feel ? But I know you don't care because kicking a soccer ball and losing a soccer game 3500 miles away is more important..
  1. don Lamb
    commented on: April 20, 2017 at 6:06 p.m.
    In a weird way, your ignorance actually really intrigues me. It has me convinced that this is brilliant satire.
  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now
    commented on: April 21, 2017 at 10:01 a.m.
    What a buffoon this guy is. I've been to that "former communist country" known as Slovakia and it was lovely. Filled with people much nicer than you too. Again, missing a few days of school for this is no problem. Only a serial complainer like QTD would think otherwise.
  1. Albert Harris
    commented on: April 20, 2017 at 12:47 p.m.
    It's hopeless, Don. Q-TD has had a comment on every article today and all negative. Apparently nobody in the world of soccer does anything right except him..
  1. don Lamb
    commented on: April 20, 2017 at 1:26 p.m.
    lol. I get hooked by these trolls on a regular basis. You're totally right though...
  1. J Kumar
    commented on: April 21, 2017 at 10:42 a.m.
    QB be careful. Seems like when you don't follow the narrative your comments get deleted on Soccer America. You can insult and berate others as long as you are Pr Mls and Pro Ussf.
  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now
    commented on: April 21, 2017 at 10:59 a.m.
    Yeah there's a big conspiracy to delete comments on message boards hardly anyone reads. That makes sense.
  1. J Kumar
    commented on: April 21, 2017 at 11:28 a.m.
    Apparently enough people read them where they find it neccessary to delete them.
  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now
    commented on: April 21, 2017 at 1 p.m.
    I think that dude has been banned and just keeps popping up other different names. Quarterback TD makes posts critical of just about everything in the world and he hasn't been banned. My own moniker on this site is critical of one of SA's writers.
  1. J Kumar
    commented on: April 21, 2017 at 2:55 p.m.
    Ive read several posts here from several posters that have been deleted and none of them have been offensive or more than a few of you. Last one deleted was dow. To the point and had very interesting points of view that were informative even if I didn't quite agree with some of them. Don't see how S A would know if same person. Seems more like this person or persons don't fit the narrative someone big is trying to push and That's the real problem and quite scary
  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now
    commented on: April 21, 2017 at 3:53 p.m.
    Scary? Wow you must get scared pretty easily. A private soccer website deleting user comments it doesn't agree with? Wrongheaded perhaps but scary?!
  1. J Kumar
    commented on: April 21, 2017 at 4:49 p.m.
    Scary part is this is how bigger problems initiate. Low tolerance for different opinions on a sport that is universal? Whats next? Not too American if you ask me. Change name to Soccer Merica.
  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now
    commented on: April 21, 2017 at 5:08 p.m.
    Quite a stretch to apply the "slippery slope" argument to the inconsequential mutterings of a few soccer fans. If this was a government run website, you would certainly have a point. But it isn't.
  1. don Lamb
    commented on: April 21, 2017 at 5:08 p.m.
    J - It is obviously the same person that has been deleted over and over. That person starts off with some interesting points but then devolves quickly when the debate gets going and his points are challenged. His point of view is shared by others on here who are able to maintain their emotions on an even keel, and they have not deleted. As Fire says, his very name is critical of the main writer on this site, yet he has not been banned. This is no conspiracy from way up; it's simply that the same person keeps outing himself over and over. Amir Singh, Gary Young, All American, Jake Savino, Liane Sims, among other names were all the same person, and it hardly takes a detective to figure that out. The person behind those names, while interesting and even sometimes accurate in his criticism, has taken it way too far on many occasions. I have been surprised a couple of times that he has been deleted, but I don't blame for a second the people who run this site for being sensitive to some of the garbage that has gone over the line. A hunch says that you might just be the next incarnation. If so, it won't be long before we know for sure.
  1. J Kumar
    commented on: April 21, 2017 at 5:58 p.m.
    Really? Please give an example of when these names that you posted took it too far? I remember a few of them.
  1. don Lamb
    commented on: April 21, 2017 at 8:51 p.m.
    This commentor says things that are absolutely quantifiably and demonstrably not true (things like: "Most of our youth talent has been developed abroad."). Things that are plain false: "Many of the best players in the world never had any coaching or structured play before they were 14 years old." Then defends these crazy assertions, like: "No aspect of MLS is healthy," and "MLS and US Soccer are worse than they've ever been." Then, when others question these baseless claims, this contributor resorts to immaturity and more blatantly false bullsmack.
  1. J Kumar
    commented on: April 21, 2017 at 9:21 p.m.
    I read most of Gary's comments and I didnt read any of what you said. I actually read your debate with him about Mls. You pointed out Mls is great because of how many teams and money it has made. He didnt disagree with that part but did point out that to him money didn't matter if Mls doesn't target soccer loving communities only because they are poor. That's immature and false? Maybe you calling the kettle black?
  1. don Lamb
    commented on: April 21, 2017 at 10:22 p.m.
    So MLS is supposed to not care about money and finances because some people who ARE NOT EVEN INVESTED IN THE LEAGUE IN THE FIRST PLACE don't care about money?? They should just forget the fact that many others have failed before them and the fact that they were close to failing 10 years into this journey and that was just 10 short years ago? They are supposed to throw everything that has worked tremendously well up to this point out the window and incorporate some egregiously risky propositions that are worth disrupting all of the positive momentum and progress that the league and country are making?? And that, even though things are right on track, and just about every single metric is moving in the right direction, now would be a great time to implement some drastic changes???
  1. J Kumar
    commented on: April 21, 2017 at 10:42 p.m.
    I am not going to argue with you about Mls. My point is what is so outlandish of what Gary said? A disagreement warrants getting deleted? Disgusting.
  1. don Lamb
    commented on: April 21, 2017 at 10:50 p.m.
    It is not about disagreement. There are plenty of people on here who sensibly hold similar opinions to Gary and they are deleted.
  1. don Lamb
    commented on: April 21, 2017 at 10:52 p.m.
    *not deleted
  1. J Kumar
    commented on: April 22, 2017 at 12:04 p.m.
    They have deleted several people here and there is absolutely no way in Knowing if it's the same person or not. Maybe a good guess but to think that there are no more than one person who can similar thoughts or arguments is ludicrous. But if that is the case they really can't do much to stop it. Seems to me like the damage is done by the time they do delete it. Kind of senseless.
  1. don Lamb
    commented on: April 22, 2017 at 6:04 p.m.
    Settle down, Gary.
  1. J Kumar
    commented on: April 22, 2017 at 9:33 p.m.
    Maybe I am? (Sinister laugh)
  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now
    commented on: April 23, 2017 at 1:59 p.m.
    Seems clear this is the same dude who's been banned before. You're allowed to complain about whatever you want, just look at QTD above blasting US Soccer because a few kids will miss a couple of days of school. I think it's just the repeated ad hominem attacks that are out of bounds.
  1. J Kumar
    commented on: April 23, 2017 at 2:47 p.m.
    Name one attack. I think both you and Don get more personal than anyone here but you are good cheerleaders so I gues it makes it ok.
  1. J Kumar
    commented on: April 21, 2017 at 9:25 p.m.
    And if what you say is true about all those names being same person it seems even more childish to delete his or her posts only because all of you don't agree. Seems like it's very difficult to actually know who is who on these blogs. Might be deleting more than 1 person. Actually I am willing to bet on it. I enjoy a good debate and what Gary said made alot of sense and Mls and Ussf would do good paying attention to it. Not enough people challenge the system, in my opinion.
  1. don Lamb
    commented on: April 21, 2017 at 10:11 p.m.
    It's not about people not "questioning the system (whatever that means)," and it's not so much about the disagreement because the thing is, J, MLS and USSF, and even most of the MLS fans, are aware of the truths that this one person keeps on spewing over and over again. It's not news that we are not as great at producing players as Brazil, or that the pay to play model is not optimal. Nobody has said that MLS is perfect and that it can't get better. But to deny that there has been great progress in youth development and in our professional structure (soon to have a legitimately tiered system, which is HUGE!!!) and then to start getting personal and getting immaturely demonstrative and bringing up more false claims are not things that one should expect to be routinely allowed to swamp these boards with.
  1. J Kumar
    commented on: April 21, 2017 at 10:44 p.m.
    I didnt read any of that and it actually seems kike you are the one lying now but i asked you to tell me what he said that personal or immaturely demonstrative exactly?
  1. don Lamb
    commented on: April 21, 2017 at 10:59 p.m.
    I am not going to educate you about all of the things that some fool has posted on here going way back over months and months of drivel. I don't have the time or capacity to go back and remember all of the times that character got deleted for his immaturity. I find it curious that you are so obsessed with not only him being deleted but also with not taking my word for it when I am, by all indications, much more informed on this situation than you are.
  1. J Kumar
    commented on: April 22, 2017 at 12:01 p.m.
    For mw to believe you i would have to ignore your posts here. Gary was right. You are just a cheerleader. He was absolutely proved you dead wrong about every single team having something to play for Epl. You couldn't have picked a worse example to make your argument. Is that what you mean about him being too personal?
  1. don Lamb
    commented on: April 22, 2017 at 6:03 p.m.
    You are getting worked up again, buddy. If Stoke and Watford have something to play for (they don't) someone forgot to tell them.
  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now
    commented on: April 23, 2017 at 2:01 p.m.
    I've made comments critical of MLS on the MLS site and nothing happens. There's no grand conspiracy.
  1. J Kumar
    commented on: April 22, 2017 at 9:35 p.m.
    With 5-6 games lwft they all had something mathematically to play for. Thats outstanding compared to pur league. Why can't you accept that? Gary kicked your ass on that one
  1. don Lamb
    commented on: April 23, 2017 at 8:51 a.m.
    "Mathematically" lol
  1. J Kumar
    commented on: April 23, 2017 at 9:32 a.m.
    Lol. Don, curious. So according to you, a team that needs to still get results to either not get relegated which is what teams 11-20 were still in danger of last week or to still have a chance to get top 6 spots and a few even reach 1st place for a few is playing for nothing? Are you drinking heavily when making those comments or is your head so far Mls ass that you fail to see reality?
  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now
    commented on: April 23, 2017 at 2:05 p.m.
    For the record, I am in favor of pro/rel in the US when we have enough teams for it to make sense. I also hate the current MLS playoff system because too many teams make it and there is not enough of an advantage given to teams that finish higher in the regular season (although I am an MLS season ticket holder and like the league a lot in general). But right now, realistically Sunderland and Middlesborough are going down and it's between Swansea and Hull for the last relegation spot. I'd say that for the teams between the top seven and bottom four there is little to play at this point. For this year at least.
  1. J Kumar
    commented on: April 23, 2017 at 2:55 p.m.
    Fire, on Epl that's your opinion based on am assumption. Fact is most of those teams still have something to play for deep into the season wether they want to or not, wether it's a long shot or not, wether you believe in miracles or not, etc. Facts are facts no matter what. For Mls teams out of the playoff race mathematically have absolutely zero to play for. Win lose or tie they achieve nothing. Actually better to go out losing for better draft. Completely opposite. One system defenitely promotes greater and consistent competition than the other. That is extremely clear. But kissing all that ass blocks your vision. One thing is applaud the good things that Mls has done but another is to deny logic and common sense. You guys both lose credebility big time when making those claims and so does SA when deleting people like me comments. I gaurantee you its way more than one person making similar comments. And pointless because it's obviously easy to just go in under another name. By the kikes on this page we can easily see how many people have already read everything I have had to say so by all means keep on deleting. For the record, I am not Gary. Lol.

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