U.S. roster set for U-17 World Cup qualifying

Coach John Hackworth has named the USA's 20-player roster for the 2017 Concacaf U-17 Championship April 21-May 7 in Panama that will determine the region's four qualifiers for the 2017 U-17 World Cup in India Oct. 6-28.

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 Groups:
Group A: *Panama, Honduras, Curacao, Haiti
Group B: *Costa Rica, Canada, Cuba, Suriname
Group C: *Mexico, El Salvador, Jamaica, USA
* Seeded

USA's Group C Schedule:
Sunday, April 23 vs. Jamaica
Wednesday, April 26 vs. Mexico
Saturday, April 29 vs. El Salvador

13 comments about "U.S. roster set for U-17 World Cup qualifying".
  1. Tork Johnson, April 17, 2017 at 1:54 p.m.

    Saw Taylor Booth at an #ODP Tryout in Utah with some good players. It was the best 10 mins of SSG I have ever seen. The kid is for real, and a 2001.

  2. Quarterback TD replied, April 18, 2017 at 8:28 a.m.

    The fools at USDA needs to open OPD up for academy players.. it's a good program and ODP trainers are better than these License A,B,C,D,E,F academy coaches who resumes are fill with very low level experience.. It's good to see non-academy players being picked up..

  3. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, April 18, 2017 at 9:53 a.m.

    Granted, I don't know anything about Taylor Booth but the above list says he plays for RSL AZ which is a DA club.

  4. don Lamb replied, April 18, 2017 at 1:51 p.m.

    QB - ODP is useless as a means for development because the players hardly even train within the program. It's even more marginal in terms of player identification because it's so expensive. It's also run by the "old guard," and many ODP coaches, while paid a boat load to coach a "team," are actually not even in soccer as a full time profession. The DA system has none of these problems (except for the cost in some cases), and, fortunately, it has taken over as our main source of player development and identification.

  5. Quarterback TD replied, April 18, 2017 at 2:51 p.m.

    Not talking development in terms of training I am referring to playing games where a selection process is involve so that players play against a good group of players..this helps with their tactical game.. Personally if it's doable I would have my kid do both ODP and his regular Academy.. I have not seen any kid develop solely in the Academy system it's always the parents sending them overseas or some prize local training classes. Also what ODP pays their coaches is irrelevant we all charge a lot for our professional service at least I do..

  6. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, April 18, 2017 at 5:15 p.m.

    I think Don was saying it's expensive for players which may not be important to you but is a big deal in terms of the program's effectiveness. DA has a way to go with this too in many cases, to be fair.

  7. don Lamb replied, April 18, 2017 at 11:36 p.m.

    Amir - You left out information about scholarship opportunities or straight up free play teams. Cost is still a huge obstacle that has not been completely resolved, but the clubs and USSF are aware of this and working toward solutions. After all, the services they provide -- from coaching to facilities to everything else -- do cost them a lot of money to provide.

  8. don Lamb replied, April 18, 2017 at 11:43 p.m.

    And as it relates to this specific thread, at least the DA provides the best possible training, competition, and exposure. ODP offers none of the solutions for financial burden and none of these benefits either.

  9. Fire Paul Gardner Now, April 19, 2017 at 10:08 a.m.

    It seems like it would be a good investment for US Soccer to do what it can to make DA free, or close to free, for all participants. It would probably cost a lot but pay off in the long run. The bigger the pool, the more good players we should produce.

  10. don Lamb replied, April 19, 2017 at 1:02 p.m.

    That would take a TON of money, but with the idea of hosting Copa America on a regular cycle and the 2026 World Cup, maybe not impossible.

  11. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, April 19, 2017 at 1:12 p.m.

    Yeah, it might not be feasible right now but as the game gets more popular and there is more money floating around, maybe it'll be possible.

  12. don Lamb replied, April 19, 2017 at 1:51 p.m.

    Let's hope so! USL and the USL third division coming in 2019 could also be major contributors to this solution. The development of the professional tiers will put a professional team in just about every DA market allowing them to partner with a pro team, and that is the type of setup that is creating free academies throughout MLS and the rest of the world. Either way, we are getting there, and this ridiculously elaborate system of professional soccer and player development is taking shape before our eyes.

  13. don Lamb replied, April 19, 2017 at 6:45 p.m.

    Agreed this needs to continue to be developed. This is one of those things that takes time to develop. Even a third division USL, though, is too high of a level for U18 teams to be playing in. Better solution is for top U17/18s to be playing within the professional structure while their peers continue in youth leagues.

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