Roster: Friedel calls in 22 for U.S. U-19 men's camp

The U.S. U-19 national team is holding a 22-player camp in Sunrise, Florida. The first camp of 2017 for Coach Brad Friedel’s squad will include friendlies against El Salvador and Miami FC.

“I'm really looking forward to the camp and I think we've assembled a good, athletic squad and I will be really interested to see who does well,” Friedel said. “This camp is meant to bring in new and returning players and give them the opportunity to get into the system and have a chance at making a future U-20 roster.

"The second part of that is, the (birth year) 1997, 1998 and some 1999 age groups are going to make up the bulk of the next U-23 Olympic team. So it’s really important that we continue to give the players international experience.”

Jan. 1, 1998 is cut-off for this U-19 player pool, which is entering the second and final year of its cycle.

Of the 22 players, seven are collegians, 11 play for Development Academy teams, two compete in the USL, one plays abroad (Daniel Barbir) and one plays at a domestic non-Academy club.

• Eight of the players called in are making their U-19 debuts: Matthew Freese, Noah Lawrence, Michael Ille, Lagos Kunga, Justin Ingram, Ryley Kraft, William Little and Mason Toye.

• 1999-born Milan Iloski is the youngest player on the roster.

U.S. U-19 men’s national team
GOALKEEPERS (3): Matthew Freese (Philadelphia Union; Wayne, Pa.), Noah Lawrence (D.C. United; Mitchellville, Md.), Kevin Silva (UCLA; Bethlehem, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (6): Daniel Barbir (West Bromwich Albion F.C.; Allentown, Pa.), Tanner Dieterich (Clemson; Nashville, Tenn.), Marco Farfan (Portland Timbers; Portland, Ore.), Justin Ingram (Indianapolis Fire; Indianapolis, Ind.), Edwin Munjoma (SMU; McKinney, Texas), Brandon Terwege (FC Dallas; Highland Village, Texas).
MIDFIELDERS (11): Christian Enriquez (Cal Poly; Spring Valley, Calif.), Daniel Griffin (Providence College; Wethersfield, Conn.), Felipe Hernandez (Swope Park Rangers; Murfreesboro, Tenn.), Michael Ille (Atlanta United FC; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Milan Iloski (Real Salt Lake; Escondido, Calif.), Ryley Kraft (Sacramento Republic FC; Roseville, Calif.), Lagos Kunga (Atlanta United FC; Tucker, Ga.), Simon Lekressner (Univ. California-Berkley; Bellevue, Wash.), William Little III (Swope Park Rangers; Johnson City, Tenn.), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire; Bridgeview, Ill.), Grant Robinson (George Mason; Columbia, Md.).
FORWARDS (2): Nelson Hunsinger (Leg-A-Z; Mary Esther, Fla.), Mason Toye (PDA; South Orange, N.J.)

9 comments about "Roster: Friedel calls in 22 for U.S. U-19 men's camp ".
  1. Gus Keri, February 6, 2017 at 9:24 a.m.

    "good, athletic squad"? When will the American coaches start looking for "good, technical squad"?

  2. beautiful game, February 6, 2017 at 11:31 a.m.

    Hope this Friedel assignment takes him off the TV commentary, FOREVER.

  3. frank schoon, February 6, 2017 at 12:14 p.m.

    I have no clue why you have a goalie as coach.
    With all due respect to him, they should use as a goalie coach for all national team goalies, but as a coach for team. His position is so totally to field player's positions. This is why worldwide you don't see that

  4. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, February 6, 2017 at 12:44 p.m.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dino_Zoff

    Also, Bruce Arena has been pretty successful as a manager.

    It is less common for a GK to be a coach but, after all, there are ten outfield players for every GK. That may explain some of the scarcity of GKs becoming coaches.

  5. frank schoon replied, February 6, 2017 at 5:13 p.m.

    FPGN,True, years ago Zoff coached in italy a country known for defense not for offense which takes a lot more thinking for there are so many more "footballing factors involved, as compared to defense which is more about organization. It is only common sense for one would rather hire a coach who has real footballing experience than someone who basically doesn't even train with the team and has an goalie coach to work with and whose positional experience is so totally different. To learn race car driving would you rather be taught by the mechanic of race car team or the driver.
    It has nothing to do with quantity of field players for the scarcity of GK, but merit. But do to the difference in playing experience between the two positions team owners tend to choose coach with field experience.

  6. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, February 6, 2017 at 6:41 p.m.

    I'm not saying Friedel is a good coach but I'm not convinced that GKs can't be good coaches.

  7. frank schoon replied, February 6, 2017 at 7:12 p.m.

    FPGN, I didn't say GK can't be good coaches. Neither did I say Friedel is not a coach. Obviously
    , nothing is absolute

  8. BJ Genovese, February 6, 2017 at 3:46 p.m.

    Great news. I still wish us soccer would call in more players in all age groups. Possible "b" team camp for those on the fringes. It would be great if they could just start an identification process all over for those kids that fell through the us soccer net. I bet they could find some real gems out there.

  9. Bob Ashpole, February 8, 2017 at 8:19 a.m.

    Good keepers have to organize their team's defense and analyse their opponent's attack. That means they develop an understanding of team tactics rather than just have a narrow view. Of the 4 aspects of play, keepers have the greatest need for superior athleticism and mentality in order to succeed. Also smart keepers have to develop a respect for the value of skill on the ball. Friedel is a smart man. I think he will be a great coach and relegating him to coaching only keepers would be a waste of his talent. Valuing technical skill is good, but sometimes I think we forget that athleticism is needed too.

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