Roster: U.S. U-15s open 2017 with 24-player camp

The U.S. U-15 boys national team, coached by Dave van den Bergh, is in its first training camp of 2017 with a 24-player squad in Chula Vista, California.

The team, comprised of players born in 2002, played to a 3-3 tie against Tijuana Xolos U-17 team on Monday. 

U.S. U-15 boys national team
GOALKEEPERS (2): Damian Las (Chicago Fire; Norridge, Ill.), Kash Oladapo (Portland Timbers; Happy Valley, Ore.).
DEFENDERS (8): Axel Alejandre (FC United; Chicago, Ill.), Sebastian Anderson (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), George Bello (Atlanta United; Douglasville, Ga.), Owen Guske (Armada FC; Saint Johns, Fla.), Mason Judge (Chargers SC; Tampa, Fla.), Joshua Negrete (Cedar Stars Bergen; Clifton, N.J.), Kenny Nielsen (Pateadores; Irvine, Calif.), Joseph Scally (NYCFC; Lake Grove, N.Y.).
MIDFIELDERS (7): Nick Andersen (D.C. United; Washington D.C.), Julian Anderson (Philadelphia Union; Ocean, N.J.), Josh Atencio (Seattle Sounders FC; Seattle, Wash.), Gilbert Fuentes Perez (San Jose Earthquakes; Tracy, Calif.), Daniel Robles (Seattle Sounders FC; Burien, Wash.), Adam Saldana (Real So Cal; Panorama City, Calif.), Peter Stroud (New York Red Bulls; Chester, N.J.).
FORWARDS (7): Gianluca Busio (Sporting KC; Greensboro N.C.), Victor Cano (LA Galaxy; Santa Monica, Calif.), Julian Gaines (Lonestar SC; Austin, Texas), Andres Jasson (NYCFC; Greenwich, Conn.), Daniel Mangarov (Atlanta United; Duluth, Ga.), Alfonso Ocampo Chavez (Seattle Sounders FC; Graham, Wash.), Giovanni Reyna (NYCFC; Bedford, N.Y.).

4 comments about "Roster: U.S. U-15s open 2017 with 24-player camp".
  1. Fanfor soccer, January 10, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.

    I am really curious about a couple of things. All of these kids just came back to school from almost a two week vacation for the holidays and now they are out of school and off for a week of soccer. Any parent in their right mind wouldn't let their kid be involved in this. Would like to hear some comments on this.

  2. don Lamb replied, January 10, 2017 at 12:38 p.m.

    Don't you think they probably talked with their teachers before the break and planned for this? It's a week of class for middle schoolers. Hardly a big deal. It is very possible that the instruction and interaction that they receive at the camp will be 100x more valuable in terms of their growth and maturation than that week of school would have been.

  3. Delcat 6 replied, January 10, 2017 at 4:02 p.m.

    I hear you Fanfor, but soccer and education aren't mutually exclusive and you need to weigh pros and cons. This is an incredible opportunity for these kids, which may not come around again, especially if they decline the invitation. Even though these kids are very elite, most still won't be going pro at 18, meaning this exposure could boost their chances of a college scholarship and do much more for their long term education than a week in their freshman high school classes.

  4. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, January 11, 2017 at 9:36 a.m.

    Oh great point, I remember my first week back in school after winter break during the freshman year of high school. I learned so much. Who knows where I'd be if I'd missed that time! LOL! Give me a break. These kids will be fine.

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