The U.S. under-17 national team did not qualify for the Under-7 World Cup this fall in the United Arab Emirates, but it does remain active.
The U-17s will face the Japan and Croatia U-17 national teams, as well as a Niigata All-Star team, at a tournament in Niigata, Japan.
The USA will open against Japan on Saturday and
then play Croatia and the Niigata All-Stars the following two days.
Twelve of the 18 players traveling to Japan were part of the U.S. Under-17 Residency Program this past semester.
Other players called in include 15-year-old Brooks Lennon
, who recently scored seven goals for the U.S. under-16 national team at the Caspian Cup.
Seven of the players on the roster were born in 1997, while 10 were born in 1996 and one, Christian Pulisic
, was born in 1998. Pulisic, another U-16
national team player, is eligible for the 2015 Under-17 World Cup. U.S. U-17 Roster: GOALKEEPERS (2):
Jeff Caldwell (NC Fusion; Todd, N.C.), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes Academy; Alamo, Calif.) DEFENDERS (7):
Conor Donovan (NC Alliance;
Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake AZ; Tucson, Ariz.), David Godinez-Chavez (De Anza Force; Redwood City, Calif.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Erik Palmer-Brown
(Sporting Kansas City Academy; Lee’s Summitt, Mo.), Tommy Redding (FC America Premier; Oviedo, Fla.), John Requejo Jr. (Real So Cal; Carpinteria, Calif.) MIDFIELDERS (5):
Corey Baird (San Diego Surf; Escondido, Calif.), Christopher Lema (New York Red Bulls Academy; Ridgefield, N.J.), Amirgy Pineda (Fullerton Rangers; Santa Ana, Calif.),
Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.), Tyler Turner (South Central Premier; West Haven, Conn.) FORWARDS (4):
Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake
Academy; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Andrija Novakovich (Chicago Magic PSG; Muskego, Wis.), Rubio Rubin (unattached; Beaverton, Ore.), Ahinga Selemani (CSA Wolves; Ann Arbor, Mich.)