U.S. U-16 national team coach Shaun Tsakiris is
coaching the 20-player USA squad, which faces Brazil (March 22), England (March 24) and Russia (March 26) in group play. (U.S. U-17 head coach John Hackworth is assisting the U-23
national team, which faces Colombia in a two-game play-in series March 25 & 29 for the 2016 Olympic Games.)
The roster includes three foreign-based players: Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC), Nicolas Garcia-Morillo (Atletico Madrid) and Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain).
The U.S. U-17s finished runner-up at their first tournament of the year, the Aegean Cup in Turkey.
U.S. U-17 boys national team
GOALKEEPERS (2): Alexander Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Justin Garces (Kendall FC; Miami, Fla.).
DEFENDERS (7): Jake Arteaga (LA Galaxy; Glendora, Calif.), Kelee Cornfield-Saunders (LA Galaxy; San Marcos, Calif.), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), J.J. Foe Nuphaus (San Jose Earthquakes; San Jose, Calif), Rayshaun McGann (Philadelphia Union; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Tyler Shaver (Beachside Soccer Club; Riverside, Conn.), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.).
MIDFIELDERS (5): George Acosta (Weston FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Christopher Goslin (Georgia United; Locust Grove, Ga.), James Sands (New York Soccer Club; Rye, N.Y.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.).
FORWARDS (6): Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Andrew Carleton (Georgia United; Powder Springs, Ga.), Nicolas Garcia-Morillo (Atletico Madrid; Madrid, Spain), Niccolo Lemoine (De Anza Force; Livermore, Calif.), Joshua Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallen, Mo.), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.; Rosedale, N.Y.).