Sixteen of the players in camp were on the USA’s 20-player roster during its runner-up finish at the Concacaf U-17 Championship that served as World Cup qualifying. The four not in camp are: defender Arturo Vasquez, midfielder Adrian Villegas and forwards Zyen Jones and Timothy Weah.
Weah, however, is likely to join the World Cup roster from France, where he is starring for Paris St. Germain’s U-19s. He signed a three-year pro contract with PSG last July.
Three players on the World Cup roster must be goalkeepers. Alex Budnik of Sockers FC is the keeper currently in camp who wasn’t part of qualifying.
The other players in camp who weren’t part of qualifying are Netherlands-based Sergino Dest, Los Angeles Galaxy forward Ulysses Llanez, NYCFC defender Tyler Shaver, Galaxy midfielder Alex Mendez and Bello.
Bello had been playing for the U.S. U15s, which last month finished runner-up to Mexico at the Concacaf U-15 Championship. He was this year’s Development Academy U-14/16 East Conference Player of the Year and in June signed a Homegrown contract with Atlanta United, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2018.
The USA opens the U-17 World Cup against India on Oct. 6.
U.S. U-17 national team:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alex Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos (Benfica/POR; Philadelphia, Pa. ), Justin Garces (Atlanta United FC academy; Miami, Fla.).
DEFENDERS (9): George Bello (Atlanta United FC, Douglasville, Ga.), Sergino Dest (Ajax; Almere-stad, Netherlands), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls academy; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting KC; Charlotte, N.C.), James Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Tyler Shaver (New York City FC academy; Greenwich, Conn.), Akil Watts (Portland Timbers academy, Fort Wayne, Ind.).
MIDFIELDERS (6): George Acosta (North Carolina FC academy; Hollywood, Fla.), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake academy; Eden, Utah), Blaine Ferri (Solar Soccer Club; Southlake, Texas), Chris Goslin (Atlanta United FC; Locust Grove, Ga.), Alex Mendez (LA Galaxy academy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Indiana Vassilev (Unattached; Savannah, Ga.).
FORWARDS (6): Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC academy; Brampton Ont.), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Ulysses Llanez (LA Galaxy academy; Lynwood, Calif.), Jacobo Reyes (Monterrey/MEX; Houston, Texas), Bryan Reynolds (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Texas), Joshua Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O'Fallon, Mo.).