U.S. under-18 head coach Omid Namazi is working with the team while U-16 head coach Shaun Tsakiris is serving as an assistant
coach with the U.S. U-17 national team, which is preparing for the upcoming Concacaf U-17 Championship.
USA starting XI vs. Belgium: Ochoa, Martinez, Araujo, Rangel, Peraza, Anaya, Morris, Haro, Rivas, De La Fuente, Stojanovic.
The USA will next face Japan on Thursday in Mouilleron le Captif. If the USA wins its group, the team would advance to a semifinal matchup on Saturday.
“With teams like Japan and Belgium, who are some of the top teams in the world, this tournament is a great a measuring stick,” Namazi said. “It gives us an idea of where we are at with this age group at the international level and compared to some of the top talent in the world.”
U.S. U-16 Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nico Defreitas-Hansen (Everton/ENG), David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (5): Julian Araujo (Santa Barbara SC), Abraham Gonzalez (FC Golden State), Ian Hoffmann (Karlsruher/GER), Kevin Peraza (IMG Academy), Victor Rangel (FC Golden State).
MIDFIELDERS (6): Mario Anaya (San Jose Earthquakes), Armando Haro (San Diego Surf), Nelson Martinez (D.C. United), Matko Miljevic (Argentinos Juniors/ARG); Aidan Morris (Weston FC), Aidan O'Toole (Lonestar SC).
FORWARDS (7): Jalen Anderson (Oakwood SC), Jordan Bender (Orlando City), Mitch Cruz (LA United FA), Konrad De La Fuente (Barcelona/ESP), Jose Rivas (Weston FC), Gabe Segal (Bethesda SC), Stefan Stojanovic (Sockers FC).