The U.S. squad includes four players who signed MLS Homegrown player contracts in 2016: midfielders Chris Durkin (D.C. United) and Chris Goslin (Atlanta United FC), and forwards Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United F.C.) and Bryan Reynolds (FC Dallas).
"Our team is looking forward to this competition and the opportunity to compete for a chance to participate in the FIFA U-17 World Cup this fall in India," Hackworth said. "The depth of the player pool in this age group is as good as we have ever seen. Thus, our decisions in selecting the final roster were difficult."
U.S. U-17 boys national team
GOALKEEPERS (2): Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos (Benfica; Philadelphia, Pa.), Justin Garces (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.).
DEFENDERS (5): Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), James Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.), Akil Watts (IMG Academy; Fort Wayne, Ind.).
MIDFIELDERS (7): George Acosta (Weston FC; Hollywood, Fla.), 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 FC; Locust Grove, Ga.), Indiana Vassilev (IMG Academy; Savannah, Ga.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.).
FORWARDS (6): Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Zyen Jones (Atlanta United FC; Clarkston, Ga.), Bryan Reynolds, Jr. (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Texas), Joshua Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O'Fallen, Mo.) Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain; Rosedale, N.Y.)
The USA has failed only once, in 2013, to qualify for the biennial world championship since its inception in 1985.
In this year's qualifying tournament, the USA must finish in the top two of Group C, in which it faces Jamaica, Mexico and El Salvador, to advance to the second group phase, the “classification stage,” which will be comprised of two three-team groups. The top two finishers of each classification stage group will qualify for the World Cup. The second-round group winners will meet in the final.
2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship
Group A: *Panama, Honduras, Curacao, Haiti
Group B: *Costa Rica, Canada, Cuba, Suriname
Group C: *Mexico, El Salvador, Jamaica, USA
USA's Group C Schedule:
Sunday, April 23 vs. Jamaica
Wednesday, April 26 vs. Mexico
Saturday, April 29 vs. El Salvador