Roster: U.S. U-18 men head to Slovakia Cup

U.S. U-18 men’s national team coach Omid Namazi  has named a 23-player roster for the 2017 Slovakia Cup at which the USA faces Hungary (April 24), Belarus (April 25) and Slovakia (April 27) in Group B in a quest to repeat as champion.

"The Slovakia Cup has been held for many years now,” Namazi said. “We entered the tournament last year with our U-19 group, Brad Friedel's group, and Brad's group was able to win it. And now this year, with the U-18s, our goal is the same. We are going with a very good group of players. Obviously, we are coming to the end of this (U-18 player pool) cycle, so our aim is to evaluate the players more, but also have some good performances and hopefully win the tournament."

The U-18s are comprised of players born in 1999 or later.

• FC Dallas and Tijuana Xolos have the largest representation of players on the roster with three each: Shaft Brewer, Brandon Servania and Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas); and Jonathan Esparza, Brian Perez and Angel Uribe (Club Tijuana).

U.S. U-18 men’s national team
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brandon Austin (Tottenham Spurs; U.S. Virgins Islands) Trey Muse (Seattle Sounders; Tukwila, Wash.), Brady Scott (DeAnza Force; Petaluma, Calif.) DEFENDERS (8): Jonathan Esparza (Club Tijuana: Chula Vista, Calif.), Kyle Gruno (Leicester City; Wyckoff, N.J.), Daniel Jones (New England Revolution Academy; West Hartford, Conn.), Jack Maher (Scott Gallagher; Caseyville, Ill.), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; Bear, Del.), Aedan Stanley (St. Louis Scott Gallagher; Columbia, Ill.), Angel Uribe (Club Tijuana; San Diego, Calif.).
MIDFIELDERS (6): Paolo Belloni (Genoa FC; Delray Beach, Fla.), Koby Carr (Texas Rush; San Antonio, Texas), Jose Carranza (North Carolina FC; Manassas, Va.), Brian Perez (Club Tijuana; San Diego, Calif.), Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas; Highland Village, Texas), Brandon Servania (FC Dallas; Birmingham, Ala.).
FORWARDS (7): Shaft Brewer (FC Dallas; Sacramento, Calif.), Lucas del Rosario (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Griffin Dorsey (Colorado Rush; Evergreen, Colo.), Jonathan Gonzalez (FC Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Will Inalien (Portland Timbers; Tamarac, Fla.), Emanuel Perez (CASL; Garner, N.C.), Justin Rennicks (New England Revolution Academy; Hamilton, Mass.).

2017 Slovakia Cup Groups
Group A: Russia, Czech Republic, Ireland, Turkey
Group B: Slovakia, USA, Hungary, Belarus

10 comments about "Roster: U.S. U-18 men head to Slovakia Cup ".
  1. Quarterback TD, April 20, 2017 at 8:46 a.m.

    Another thoughtless USSF decision to pull seniors out of High School to attend a wasteful spending tournament just to justify their BS program. What parent in their right mind will accept this ? At this stage in a young adult life and a few more months to graduation finishing school should be priority not playing a wasteful spending tournament.

  2. don Lamb replied, April 20, 2017 at 12:37 p.m.

    If I were the parent of a child talented enough to have the opportunity to travel to Europe and play in a tournament against international competition while representing the United States of America, I would jump at the chance. No question in my mind that the cultural and playing experience would be much more educational than sitting in a classroom.

  3. Quarterback TD replied, April 20, 2017 at 2:22 p.m.

    Don, my son has played in 2 overseas tournaments but never during school semester. However he has missed school for a maximum 3 days for both Academy winter showcases and one day for Dallas Cup. Not everything representing the US people should jump at staying in school is a more important from a child development prospective.. I have nothing but total distain for parents and coaches who does otherwise. I guess you will be one of them

  4. don Lamb replied, April 20, 2017 at 3:19 p.m.

    I happen to believe that real life experiences are much more powerful than being talked at and taking tests. When else are these boys going to get the opportunity to travel to Slovakia and get this type of cultural experience? Not to mention the lessons about leadership, teamwork, sacrifice, hard work, etc. etc. that translate in a massive way to being successful in life.

  5. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, April 20, 2017 at 3:46 p.m.

    Do you think your life would have greatly diminished by missing a few days of school in April of your senior year of high school? Mine wouldn't have. I'm sure traveling abroad representing their country will be far more educational. Some people just aren't happy unless they are complaining.

  6. Quarterback TD replied, April 20, 2017 at 4:41 p.m.

    Don/Fire, you two are great role models for the kids that are always falling behind because of soccer. You should be proud of yourselves for promoting ignorance over education. No one give a flying eff about Slovakia cultural experience. Asked those kids what they know about Slovakia they will give you a one word answer "Dunno".. These kids don't even know American culture outside of their own county or community but we are sending them to a former communist country. Why don't you send them to Iraq they have wonderful soccer and the cradle of modern day civilization under Mesopothemia civilization. Both of you can move there also. All you do is make those teachers job more screwed up and difficult by not fully supporting your education system. Also it's great that you mention teamwork and sacrifices I wonder how the kids that they left back to complete their school group assignments feel ? But I know you don't care because kicking a soccer ball and losing a soccer game 3500 miles away is more important..

  7. don Lamb replied, April 20, 2017 at 6:06 p.m.

    In a weird way, your ignorance actually really intrigues me. It has me convinced that this is brilliant satire.

  8. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, April 21, 2017 at 10:01 a.m.

    What a buffoon this guy is. I've been to that "former communist country" known as Slovakia and it was lovely. Filled with people much nicer than you too. Again, missing a few days of school for this is no problem. Only a serial complainer like QTD would think otherwise.

  9. Albert Harris, April 20, 2017 at 12:47 p.m.

    It's hopeless, Don. Q-TD has had a comment on every article today and all negative. Apparently nobody in the world of soccer does anything right except him..

  10. don Lamb replied, April 20, 2017 at 1:26 p.m.

    lol. I get hooked by these trolls on a regular basis. You're totally right though...

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