The Boys U.S. Soccer Development Academy (DA) will enter the 2017-18 season with 17 new clubs and 165 additional teams, bringing the total to 165 clubs and 620 teams.
Teams have been added to each of the five age groups while a single-age U-15 division has been added for the 2017-18 season.
The Boys DA launched in 2007 with 64 clubs playing in two age groups, U-15/16 and U-17/18, which in the wake of the switch to birth-year registration are now U-16/17 and U-18/19 divisions.
Fourteen of the 15 new teams in this age group are from clubs new to the DA.
NEW U-11/12 CLUBS: Ajax United (Bay Area), California Odyssey SC (Bay Area), Charlotte Soccer Academy North (Carolina), Cincinnati United Premier (Great Lakes), Discoveries SC (Carolina), Elk Grove Soccer (Bay Area), Legends FC (LA), Los Angeles Premier FC (LA), Murrieta Surf (LA), Mustang (Bay Area), Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals (North Atlantic), Rebels Soccer Club (San Diego), San Francisco Glens Evolution (Bay Area), San Antonio FC (Texas)
EXISTING CLUB PROMOTED INTO U-12: New York City FC (NY Metro).
The addition of 27 U-13 and 34 U-14 teams in 2017-2018 was spurred mainly by expansion in the Pacific Northwest.
NEW U-13 CLUBS: Cincinnati United Premier (Mid-America), Minnesota United (Mid-America), San Antonio FC (Frontier), South Florida Surf (Sunshine)
EXISTING CLUBS PROMOTED INTO U-13: AFC Lightning (South Atlantic), Campton United SC (Mid-America), Capital Area RailHawks-CASL South (South Atlantic), Crossfire Premier (Washington), Eastside FC (Washington), Florida Rush (Sunshine), Greater Seattle Surf SC (Washington), ISL FC (South Atlantic), LA Galaxy San Diego (Southwest), Lanier Soccer Association (South Atlantic), LAFC (Southwest), Minnesota Thunder Academy (Mid-America), NEFC (Northeast), New York City FC (Northeast), NTH-NASA (South Atlantic), Pacific Northwest (Washington), Seattle United (Washington), Snohomish Youth Soccer Club (Washington), Southern Soccer Academy (South Atlantic), TSF Academy (Metro), United Futbol Academy (South Atlantic), Washington Premier FC (Washington), Washington Rush (Washington).
NEW U-14 CLUBS: Cincinnati United Premier (Mid-America), Minnesota United (Mid-America), San Antonio FC (Frontier), South Florida Surf (Sunshine).
EXISTING CLUBS PROMOTED INTO U-14: AFC Lightning (South Atlantic), BSC Oregon (Oregon), Campton United SC (Mid-America), Capital Area RailHawks-CASL South (South Atlantic), Capital FC Timbers (Oregon), Crossfire Oregon (Oregon), Crossfire Premier (Washington), Eastside FC (Washington), Eastside Timbers (Oregon), C. Portland Academy (Oregon), Florida Rush (Sunshine), Greater Seattle Surf (Washington), ISL FC (South Atlantic), LA Galaxy San Diego (Southwest), Lanier Soccer Association (South Atlantic), Los Angeles FC (LAFC) (Southwest), Minnesota Thunder Academy (Mid-America), NEFC (Northeast), NTH-NASA (South Atlantic), Pacific Northwest SC (Washington), Portland Timbers (Washington), Seattle United (Washington), Snohomish Youth SC (Washington), Southern Soccer Academy (South Atlantic), TSF Academy (Metro), United Futbol Academy (South Atlantic), Washington Premier (Washington), Washington Rush (Washington), Washington Timbers Academy (Oregon), Westside Timbers (Washington).
This age group was added for the 2017-18 season. Ten additional clubs have been promoted for 2017-2018, along with the 72 current clubs who received automatic expansion into the U-15 single age group.
NEW U-15 CLUB: Grande Sports Academy (Southwest).
EXISTING CLUBS PROMOTED INTO U-15: Albion SC (Southwest), Armada FC Pro Academy (Southeast), Ballistic United SC (Northwest), Cedar Stars Academy-Bergen (Atlantic), Los Angeles United Futbol Academy (Southwest), New York Soccer Club (Northeast), Tampa Bay United (Southeast), United Futbol Academy (Southeast), Virginia Development Academy (Atlantic).
U-16/17 (formerly U-15/16)
Five teams have been added to the U-16/17 age group.
NEW U-16/17 CLUB: Grande Sports Academy (Southwest). (Real Salt Lake will move its operation from Arizona to Utah.)
EXISTING CLUBS PROMOTED INTO U-16/17: Albion SC (Southwest), Armada FC Pro Academy (Southeast), United Futbol Academy (Southeast), Virginia Development Academy (Atlantic).
U-18/19 (formerly U-17/18)
One full-time residency program and one MLS Academy club added for a total of 73 teams.
NEW U-18/19 CLUB: Grande Sports Academy (Southwest).
EXISTING CLUBS PROMOTED INTO U-18/19: New York City FC (Northeast).
U.S. U-16 boys head to Argentina
The U.S. U-16 boys national team, coached by Shaun Tsakiris is holding a 21-player, 10-day training camp in Buenos Aires, Argentina Feb. 3-Feb. 12. The team will play three friendlies against Buenos Aires clubs.
“The No. 1 objective of this camp is to get international experience,” Tsakiris said. “That’s the main objective. Then of course, we are also there to continue to evaluate and monitor the progress of players on our depth chart.”
The team will face off against Argentino Juniors, San Lorenzo de Almagro and Racing Club de Avellaneda.
“Anytime you go down to South America, it’s always going to be different than the competition we get in Europe, especially the style of play,” Tsakiris continued. “I think this is a little more along the lines of what our players will face in Concacaf and I think that the style matches that and prepares our players a little bit better. So, anytime we can go to Argentina or Chile or Brazil or any of these top countries, I think it’s a great challenge for our players and ultimately, we want to prepare our players by giving them international experience.”
The friendlies will mark the competitive games for the U-16s since December’s IMG Cup in Bradenton Fla., where the team played a year up and swept its three group games, outscoring its opponents 17-0.
The age cut-off for this U-16 player pool Jan. 1, 2001. Defender George Bello (Atlanta United FC), born in 2002, is the youngest player in the squad.
U.S. U-16 boys national team
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicolas Defreitas-Hansen (Weston FC; Southwest Ranches, Fla.), David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake AZ; Casa Grande, Ariz.).
DEFENDERS (5): Julian Araujo (Santa Barbara SC; Lompoc, Calif.), George Bello (Atlanta United FC; Douglasville, Ga.), John Hilton (LA Galaxy; Long Beach, Calif.), Leonardo Sepulveda (LA Galaxy; Corona, Calif.), Nathan Toledo (FC Dallas; McKinney, Texas).
MIDFIELDERS (9): Everson Amaya Mejia (D.C. United; Alexandria, Va.), Mario Anaya (San Jose Earthquakes; Livermore, Calif.), Jordan Bender (Orlando City SC; Lake Mary, Fla.), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake AZ; Eden, Utah), Cameron Duke (Sporting KC; Olathe, Kan.), Nelson Martinez Rivera (D.C. United; Woodbridge, Va.), Matko Miljevic (Argentinos Juniors; Buenos Aires, Argentina), Marcelo Palomino (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas), Indiana Vassilev (IMG Academy, Savannah Ga.).
FORWARDS (5): Nicholas Mendonca (Flamengo/BRA; Coconut Creek, Fla.), Benjamin Ortiz (La Roca FC; Orem, Utah), Bryan Reynolds (FC Dallas, Little Elm, Texas), Gabriel Segal (Bethesda-Olney; Bethesda, Md.), Jose Rivas (Weston FC; Weston, Fla.)
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.)
U.S. U-15 girls start new cycle with 40-player camp
U.S. Soccer Women’s Development Coach Mark Carr has called up 40 players for a Feb. 11-18 training camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California, that marks the start of the two-year cycle for the age group as U-15s before transitioning to U-17s in 2019.
The squad consists of 2003-born players and two born in 2004.
U.S. Soccer Women’s Development Coach April Kater, who also heads the USA’s U-14 program, is assisting Carr at the camp along with three former U.S. national team players: Jen Lalor, Kacey White and current FC Kansas City goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart.
U.S. U-15 girls national team
GOALKEEPERS (5): Azul Alvarez (Lonestar SC; Round Rock, Texas), Nadia Cooper (Albion Hurricanes FC; Katy, Texas), Haley Craig (Hawkes-Wolves SC; Dexter, Mich.), Madison Goldberg (Pleasanton Rage; Pleasanton, Calif.), Jordan Nytes (Real Colorado; Aurora, Colo.).
DEFENDERS (10): Baleigh Bruster (Tophat SC; Smyrna, Ga.), Abigail Dunbar (San Diego Surf; Coronado, Calif.), Emerson Layne (Colorado Rush; Fort Collins, Colo.), Phoenix-Dawn Miranda (Surf SC; Aiea, Hawaii), Briana Sayoc (East Meadow; North Bellmore, N.Y.), Emily Schleifer (Weston FC; Lake Worth, Fla.), Faith Slimmer (NJ Rush; Petersburg, N.J.), Alyssa Stadeker (Southern SA; Smyrna, Ga.), Helen Symbas (Tophat SC; Atlanta, Ga.) Jenna West (Mustang SC; Clayton, Calif.).
MIDFIELDERS (14): Jessica Carlton (SoCal Blues; Upland, Calif.), Summer Denigan (Kings Hammer; Union, Ky.), Emma Egizii (Beach FC; Downey, Calif.), Sophia Fisher (SC Del Sol; Scottsdale, Ariz.), Anna Hurley (Boston Breakers; Wakefield, Mass.), Camryn Lancaster (Mansfield, Texas: Dallas Texans), Alexis Missimo (Solar FC; Southlake, Texas), Olivia Pena (Solar SC; Irving, Texas), Allison Perry (Solar SC, Frisco, Texas), Riena Riberiro-Parente (New York SC; Scarsdale, N.Y.), Kendra Rust (Minnesota Thunder; Rosemount, Minn.), Bella Sember (East Meadow; Centerport, N.Y.), Allyson Sentnor (South Shore Select; Hanson, Mass.), Susanna Soderman (Penn Fusion; Schwenksville, Pa.).
FORWARDS (11): Trinity Byars (Solar SC; Richardson, Texas),Trinity Coker (San Diego SC; Poway, Calif.), Kayla Colbert (Arsenal FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Tatiana Fung (Arsenal FC; Fullerton, Calif.), Amelia Horton (Sporting Blue Valley; Olathe, Kan.), Simone Jackson (So Cal Blues; Redondo Beach, Calif.), Kimberly Isabel (Jacksonville Armada; Jacksonville, Fla.), Andrea Kitahata (De Anza Force; Hilsborough, Calif.), Syndey Minarik (Charlotte SA; Huntersville, N.C.), Ayo Oke (GSA; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Jillian Shimkin (Albertson FC; Rockville Centre, N.Y.).