Youth: New era starts for U.S. U-17 boys

The next U.S. U-17 men’s national team cycle, the first since the closing of the Bradenton Residency Program that had launched in 1999, begins with a 24-player preliminary squad named by Coach John Hackworth  to play England, the Netherlands and Brazil at the 2017 Men's Nike International Friendlies Nov. 29-Dec. 3 in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

The team ultimately aims to qualify for the 2019 U-17 World Cup, for which players born in 2002 or later are eligible.

“To begin the new U-17 cycle with the Nike International Friendlies competing against traditional world powers is a big challenge,” Hackworth said. “However, our staff has evaluated these young men, most recently at the Concacaf U-15 Championship, and we are all looking forward to the chance to work with this talented group.”

Hackworth will cut the roster down to 20 players for the Nike Friendlies game after a Nov. 24-Nov. 28 pre-tournament training camp.

Giovanni Reyna, who captained and starred on the 2016/17 U.S. U-15 national team which most of the roster is comprised of, indicated on Twitter that he is injured.

U.S. U-17 men’s national team
GOALKEEPERS (4): Khamari Culcleasure (D.C. United academy; Alexandria, Va.), John Tyler Harms (Shattuck-Saint Mary’s; Whitefish Bay, Wisc.), Damian Las (Chicago Fire academy; Norridge, Ill.), Kashope Oladapo (Portland Timbers academy; Happy Valley, Ore.).
DEFENDERS (7): Axel Alejandre (FC United Soccer Club; Chicago, Ill.), Sebastian Anderson (Colorado Rapids academy; Highlands Ranch, Co.), George Bello (Atlanta United FC; Douglasville, Ga.), Mitchell Eise (Sporting Kansas City academy; Springfield, Mo.), Mason Judge (Chargers Soccer Club; Tampa, Fla.), Kenneth Nielsen (Pateadores; Irvine, Calif.), Joseph Scally (New York City FC; Lake Grove, N.Y.).
MIDFIELDERS (5): Joshua Atencio (Seattle Sounders academy; Bellevue, Wash.), Adam Saldana (Real So Cal; Panorama City, Calif.), Gilbert Fuentes Perez (San Jose Earthquakes academy; Tracy, Calif.), Maximilian Goeggel (VFB Stuttgart; San Francisco, Calif.), Peter Stroud (New York Red Bulls; Chester, NJ).
FORWARDS (8):Gianluca Busio (Sporting Kansas City; Greenboro, NC), Julian Gaines (Lonestar Soccer Club; Austin, Tex.), Cade Hagan (Sockers FC; Naperville, Ill.), Diego Lopez (FC Golden State; Chino, Calif.), Daniel Mangarov (Atlanta United academy; Duluth, Ga.), Alfonso Ocampo Chavez (Seattle Sounders; Fresno, Calif.), Dante Sealy (FC Dallas; Frisco, Tex.), Ray Serrano (Seattle Sounders; Graham, Wash.).

• Two players have signed MLS Homegrown contracts: George Bello (Atlanta United) and Gianluca Busio (Sporting Kansas City).

• The Seattle Sounders academy is best represented, with three players: midfielder Joshua Atencio and forwards Alfonso Ocampo Chavez and Ray Serrano.

• The squad includes one foreign-based player: Northern Californian Maximillian Goeggel of VfB Suttgart’s program.

• All players on the roster were born in 2002 besides 2003-born forward Dante Sealy.

2017 Men's Nike International Friendlies Schedule
Wednesday, Nov. 29
Brazil vs. Netherlands, 3:30 p.m. ET
USA vs. England, 7 p.m. ET
Friday, Dec. 1
England vs. Brazil, 3:30 p.m. ET
USA vs. Netherlands, 7 p.m. ET
Sunday, Dec. 3
Netherlands vs. England, 1:30 p.m. ET
USA vs. Brazil, 5 p.m. ET

(All games streamed live at on ussoccer.com.)

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