Newcomers debut for U.S. U-17s boys in pair of wins

The U.S. U-17 boys national team, in their first games since Coach John Hackworth  named the 32-player fall semester Bradenton Residency Program roster, beat Costa Rica 3-1 and 4-0.

One of the residency newcomers, Bryan Reynolds Jr., a high school freshman out of the FC Dallas academy, scored the opener in the 3-1 victory before strikes by returnees Christopher Gloster and Josh Sargent.

Another newcomer, Dutch-born Sergino Dest of Ajax’s academy, started both games. Blaine Ferri, Sargent, George Acosta and Ayo Akinola scored in the 4-0 win.

Next for Hackworth’s team is a training camp in Jamaica and games against Jamiaca’s U-17s Nov. 2 and 6 in in preparation for the 2016 Nike International Friendlies in December.

The Concacaf qualifying tournament for the 2017 U-17 World Cup in India takes place in Panama April 21-May 7.

Oct. 22 in Bradenton, Fla.
USA 3 Costa Rica 1. Goals: Reynolds Jr. (Sargent) 30, Ferri (Gloster) 47, Sargent (Goslin) 63; Gomez 52
USA -- Garces; Gloster, Vasquez, J.Sands, Dest (Lindsey, 73); Durkin, Ferri (Angking, 83), Acosta (Goslin, 59); Reynolds Jr. (Temple, 73), Sargent (Jones, 83), Carleton.
Costa Rica -- Chamorro; Cortez, Arce, Farreon, Suarez; Flores (Rodolfo, 46), Munoz (Bustamante, 68), Seguiera, Abarca; Mora (Serrano, 73), Gómez (Jarquin, 78)

Oct. 24 in Bradenton, Fla.
USA 4 Costa Rica 0. Goals: Ferri (Carleton) 2, Sargent (Durkin) 34, Acosta (Angking) 65, Akinola (Jones) 85.
USA -- Garces; Gloster, Vasquez, J.Sands, Dest (Lindsey, 32); Durkin, Ferri (Acosta, 62), Angking; Reynolds Jr. (Jones, 78), Sargent (Akinola, 69), Carleton (W.Sands, 78).
Costa Rica -- Calvo, Cortez, Hernandez (Galo, 46), Arce, Farreon; Munoz (Roman, 46), Bustamante (Mora, 46), Seguiera; Rodolfo, Gomez (Abarca, 69) Mata (Jarquin, 46).

Eleven changes were made to the 32-player roster for the U-17 Residency Program. Reynolds, one of five 2001s who entered the Residency Program, and Jaylin Lindsey, who played this summer for USL runner-up Swope Park Rangers, were the only new residents who played against Costa Rica.

The players who departed included Andrew Carleton, one of three U-17s who signed MLS contracts over the summer. D.C. United's Christopher Durkin and Christopher Goslin, who will join Carleton at expansion Atlanta United, are still in Bradenton. Defender Jean-Julian Foe Nuphaus moved to German club Hoffenheim.

Also gone is Ben Lederman, who entered the program after leaving Barcelona in the aftermath of the Spanish club's problems with FIFA over its registration of minors outside the EU.

Not all players who have been playing with the U.S. U-17s are in residency. Defenders Jake Arteaga and Kelee Cornfield-Saunders are in the LA Galaxy's academy program, which launched an academic component in 2015, and Floridian Rayshaun McGann is in the Philadelphia Union's residency program.

Forward Timothy Weah, son of former Liberian great George Weah, signed a pro contract with Paris St. Germain, where he is starring in the UEFA Youth League.

U.S. Residency Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Alexander Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Nicolas Defreitas-Hansen (Weston FC; Southwest Ranches, Fla.), Justin Garces (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.), Quantrell Jones (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore, Md.)
DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Asensio (Atlanta United; Roswell, Ga.), Jose Bencomo (Colorado Rapids; Aurora, Colo.), Christopher Gloster (NY Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), Carlo Ritaccio (BW Gottschee; Westbury, N.Y.), Nicholas Slonina (Chicago Fire; Addison, Ill.), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.), Chandler Vaughn (D.C. United; Woodbridge, Va.), Tristen Weber (Unattached; San Clemente, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): George Acosta (Weston FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Isaac Angking (New England Revolution; Providence, R.I.), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake AZ; Eden, Utah), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Christopher Goslin (Atlanta United; Locust Grove, Ga.), Marcelo Palomino (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas), James Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Indiana Vassilev (IMG Academy; Savannah, Ga.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.), Akil Watts (IMG Academy; Fort Wayne, Ind.)
FORWARDS (8): Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Matthew Hundley (Real Colorado; Littleton, Colo.), Zyen Jones (Atlanta United; Clarkston, Ga.), Alejandro Pereira (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.), Bryan Reynolds Jr. (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Texas), William Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Joshua Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallen, Mo.), Tonny Temple (IMG Academy; Millville, Pa.).
Note: New players in bold.    

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