U.S. U-16 Boys: Ulysses Llanez returns from Mexico

L.A. Galaxy academy forward Ulysses Llanez is back with the U.S. U-16 boys national team after having attending Mexico’s U-16 training camp last December. He’s part of Coach Shaun Tsakiris'  20-player roster for 2017 U-16 International Dream Cup that begins Wednesday in Japan.

Llanez, who has scored 11 goals in 17 games for the Galaxy’s U-16 Development Academy team in 2016-17, joined the Mexican U-16s after scoring two goals in the U.S. U-16s’ 2-1 win over England at the Val-de-Marne Tournament in France last October.

Tsakiris’ team trained for three days in Carson, California, before departing for Toyko. At the Dream Cup, it will face Guinea, Japan and the Netherlands.

All of the players are born on 2001 except for 2002-born Giovanni Reyna, the son of Claudio Reyna who starred for the U.S. U-15s in its Torneo Delle Nazioni title win Italy in May.

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U-16 boys national team
GOALKEEPERS (2): Michael Collodi (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Nicolas Defreitas-Hansen (Weston FC; SW Ranches, Fla.).
DEFENDERS (5): Julian Araujo (Santa Barbara SC; Lompoc, Calif.), Nico Benalcazar (NYCFC; Wilton, Conn.), Luke Hansen (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), John Hilton (LA Galaxy; Long Beach, Calif.), Leonardo Sepulveda (LA Galaxy; Corona, Calif.).
MIDFIELDERS (7): Mario Anaya (San Jose Earthquakes; Livermore, Calif.), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake; Eden, Utah), Azriel Gonzalez (Seattle Sounders; Renton, Wash.), Nelson Martinez (DC United; Woodbridge, Va.), Aidan Morris (Weston FC; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Adrian Munoz (FC Dallas; Richardson, Texas), Thomas Roberts (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas).
FORWARDS (6): Ulysses Llanez (LA Galaxy; Lynwood, Calif.), Dillon Keane (San Jose Earthquakes; Foster City, Calif.), Giovanni Reyna (NYCFC; Bedford, N.Y.), Bryan Reynolds (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Texas), Jose Rivas (Weston FC; Weston, Fla.), Stefan Stojanovic (Sockers FC; Des Plaines, Ill.).

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