The team, comprised of players born in 2001, will face Real Madrid (Feb. 10), Rayo Vallecano (Feb. 11) and Extremadura (Feb. 14).
“A lot of these boys have never traveled overseas, so it will be their first time on an international trip,” Johnson said in a press release. “Ultimately, we want to measure ourselves throughout the world of where the U.S. is. … The style of play is going to be important for us when we’re there, and we feel our opponents are also going to play a style that will suit us, which would be attack-minded, possession-oriented. It will be a good measuring stick for us.”
Johnson added that the players aim to catch some La Liga games and “be engulfed in the culture of another country that loves soccer.”
Sixteen of the 20 players on the roster were in the 36-player U-14 January camp. Thirteen play for U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams.)
U.S. U-14 Boys Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cole McNally (Celtic, Md.), Alex Rando (New York Red Bulls)
DEFENDERS (7): Dominic De Almeida (PDA, N.J.), Cameron Duke (Sporting Kansas City), Abraham Gonzalez (FC Golden State, Calif.), Luke Hansen (Colorado Rush), John Hilton (unattached, Calif.), Julian Hinojosa (FC Dallas), Sebastian Serpa (Weston FC, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Timothy Bielic (Sockers FC, Ill.), Taylor Booth (La Roca, Utah), Nicholas Fernandez (Chicago Fire), Oliver Larraz (Colorado Rapids), Marcelo Palomino (Houston Dynamo).
FORWARDS (6): Luis Arriaga (Santa Rosa, Calif.), Ulysses Llanez (Chivas USA), Bryan Reynolds (FC Dallas), Jose Rivas (Weston FC, Fla.), Gabriel Segal (Bethesda-Olney, Md.), Grant Vernon (Lonestar SC, Texas).