Three MLS players on U.S. U-17 boys roster for England trip

MLS Homegrown signings Gianluca Busio, George Bello and Joe Scally  are part of the U.S. U-17 boys 21-player squad that will face host England (Oct. 12), Brazil (Oct. 14) and Russia (Oct. 17) at the 2018 U-17 International Youth Tournament.

Busio, age 16, has made six appearances (one start) for Sporting Kansas City this season. Bello, also 16, has started twice and come off the bench once for Atlanta United. The 15-year-old Scally has yet to see MLS action.

Bello scored his first MLS goal last weekend, making him the sixth-youngest player to score in the history of the league.

 All players on Coach Shaun Tsakiri's roster were born in 2002, besides 2003-born Ricardo Pepi of FC Dallas' academy. Players born in 2002 or later are eligible for the 2019 U-17 World Cup.

Nine players are returnees from the 20-player squad that competed at the Torneo Cuatro Naciones earlier this month in Mexico, where the USA fell to the host (2-0) and Argentina (2-1) and tied Chile (1-1).

Pepi and midfielder William Reilly (Atlanta United academy) are making their U.S. U-17 debuts.

Daniel Robles signed with Sounders FC 2 earlier this month, making him the sixth member of Sounders Academy U-17 USSDA 2017-18 national championship to sign a pro contract the MLS club’s USL second team. The six include Alfonso Ocampo Chavez, who returns after scoring against Argentina at the Torneo Cuatro Naciones.

U.S. U.S. U-17 boys national team
Damian Las (Chicago Fire academy; Norridge, Ill.)
Chituru Odunze (Vancouver Whitecaps academy; Calgary, Alberta)
Axel Alejandre (FC United; Chicago, Ill.)
Adam Armour (North Carolina FC academy; Cary, N.C.)
George Bello (Atlanta United; Douglasville, Ga.)
Tayvon Gray (New York City FC academy; Bronx, N.Y.)
Mason Judge (Eintracht Frankfurt academy; Tampa, Fla.)
Antino Lopez (Shattuck-St. Mary's; Las Vegas, Nev.)
Joe Scally (New York City FC; Lake Grove, N.Y.)
William Reilly (Atlanta United academy; Decatur, Ga.)
Daniel Robles (Sounders FC II; White Center, Wash.)
David Rodriguez (FC Dallas academy; Irving, Texas)
Adam Saldana (LA Galaxy academy; Panorama City, Calif.)
Peter Stroud (West Ham United academy; Chester, N.J.)
Sagir David Arce (Monarcas Morelia Fuerzas Basicas; Chihuahua, Mexico)
Gianluca Busio (Sporting Kansas City; Greensboro, N.C.)
Andres Jasson (New York City FC; Greenwich, Conn.)
Alfonso Ocampo Chavez (Sounders FC II; Kent, Wash.)
Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas; McKinney, Texas)
Griffin Yow (D.C. United; Clifton, Va.)

2 comments about "Three MLS players on U.S. U-17 boys roster for England trip".
  1. Goal Goal, October 9, 2018 at 8:54 p.m.

    I saw the roster for the trip to Mexico and noted how many excellent players were left out.  Now I see this one and I have the same question.  We have so much talent playing all over Europe. Germany, England, Holland, Spain and in South America and they aren’t here.  Why?

  2. humble 1, October 10, 2018 at 6:03 p.m.

    could it be that these are U17 mostly 16 y.o. or less and to be playing in Europe not likely at this age?  Unless they have European passport - which is not that many - so maybe there are not that many American's eligible for U17 playing in Europe.  Even with a passport in Europe to get the special exception they allow themselves in the EU they must be 16 or older to move to clubs outside their home country.  

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