Curt Onalfo takes charge of U.S. U-19 men's team

Former MLS coach Curt Onalfo  is serving as "acting head coach" of the U.S. U-19 men's national team for its Jan. 4-13 training camp in Lakewood Ranch, Florida that is in conjunction with U-20 and U-17 team camps.

When Brad Friedel left the U-19 head coaching position in November of 2017, U-15 coach Dave van den Bergh moved into the U-19 position. Van den Bergh is now serving as acting head coach of the U-17s, replacing interim head coach Shaun Tsakiris, who served as interim U-17 head coach after John Hackworth left for the USL's Louisville City in July of 2018

Onalfo, who played for the U.S. U-20s in their 1989 fourth-place U-20 World Cup finish, served as head coach of the LA Galaxy for the first half of the 2017 MLS season after serving as LA Galaxy II head coach and Galaxy assistant coach since 2011. He was head coach of MLS's Kansas City in 2007-09 after four years of assisting Bruce Arena with the full U.S. national team.

Eight newcomers to this U-19 cycle have been called into camp: Hunter George, Manuel Lopez Terraza, Blake Malone, Ben Mines, Marcelo Palomino, Thomas Roberts, Travian Sousa and Kristopher Shakes.

U.S. U-19 men's national team
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kristopher Shakes (Philadelphia Union academy; Coral Springs, Fla.), Samuel Fowler (Seattle Sounders academy; Issaquah, Wash.).
DEFENDERS (8): Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy academy; Lompoc, Calif.), Nathan Harriel (Chargers SC; Tampa, Fla.), Blake Malone (Seattle Sounders academy; Mercer Island, Wash.), Jean-Julian Nuphaus (Univ. of California; San Jose, Calif.), Andre Reynolds II (Chicago Fire academy; Chicago, Ill.), Travian Sousa (Sacramento Republic; Lathrop, Calif.), Akil Watts (Real Mallorca/ESP; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Sean Zawadzki (Georgetown Univ.; Oldmsted, Ohio).
MIDFIELDERS (5): Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union; Medford Township; N.J.), Blaine Ferri (Greuther Fürth/GER; Southlake, Texas), Marcelo Palomino (Unattached; Frisco, Texas), Thomas Roberts (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), James Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.).
FORWARDS (5): Hunter George (Sacramento Republic; Lincoln, Calif.), Matt Hundley (UCLA; Littleton, Colo.), Manuel Lopez Terrazas (Santos Laguna/MEX; El Paso, Texas), Declan McGlynn (Seattle University; Issaquah, Wash.), Ben Mines (NY Red Bulls; Ridgefield, Conn.).

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