U.S. U-17 boys roster: Five newcomers to audition for World Cup spots

Coach Raphael Wicky's 26-player roster includes FC Dallas central defender Nico Carrera, who earlier this month traveled with Mexico's U-17 squad to Japan. Carrera, who was born in Pachuca, raised in Texas, and recently became a U.S. citizen, is one of five newcomers -- four of which are Texans -- invited to the July 26-Aug. 7 training camp Carson, Calif. The USA, which finished second to Mexico in Concacaf U-17 Championship in May, is preparing for 2019 U-17 World Cup in Brazil (Oct. 26-Nov. 17), where it will face Senegal, Japan and the Netherlands in group play.

The newcomers, in addition to Carrera, are goalkeeper Seth Wilson (FC Dallas); defenders Jonathan Tomkinson, who recently moved from Texas club Solar SC to England's Norwich City, and Joshua Ramsey (Solar SC); and German-American forward Noah Jones, who played for RB Leipzig's U-17s last season and is moving up to the German club's U-19s for the 2019-20 season. (Defender Sebastian Anderson of the Colorado Rapids was called into camp before the 2018 Nike International Friendlies but did not make the final tournament roster.

Four key players from the USA's successful qualifying campaign, all whom have already signed pro contracts, are not attending this camp: Gianluca Busio (Sporting KC), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund) Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas) and Joseph Scally (NYCFC). Reyna, who captained the USA at Concacaf U-17 Championship, is playing with Borussia Dortmund on its U.S. exhibition tour.

U.S. U-17 boys national team
Aaron Cervantes (Orange County Soccer Club; Chino Hills, Calif.)
Bryan Dowd (FC United; Willow Springs, Ill.)
Damian Las (Chicago Fire; Norridge, Ill.)
Seth Wilson (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas)

Axel Alejandre (FC United; Chicago, Ill.)
Sebastian Anderson (Colorado Rapids; Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Adam Armour (North Carolina FC; Cary, N.C.)
Nicolas Carrera (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas)
Mauricio Cuevas (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.)
Tayvon Gray (New York City FC; Bronx, N.Y.)
Kobe Hernandez (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.)
Mason Judge (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER; Tampa, Fla.)
Joshua Ramsey (Solar Soccer Club; Plano, Texas)
Jonathan Tomkinson (Norwich City FC/ENG; Plano, Texas).

Maximilian Dietz (SC Freiburg/GER; Frankfurt, Germany)
Ethan Dobbelaere (Seattle Sounders FC; Seattle, Wash.)
Gilbert Fuentes (San Jose Earthquakes; Tracy, Calif.)
Bryang Kayo (D.C. United; Poolesville, Md.)
Daniel Leyva (Seattle Sounders FC; Las Vegas)
Adam Saldana (LA Galaxy; Panorama City, Calif.)

Jack de Vries (Philadelphia Union; Wayne, Pa.)
Tyler Freeman (Sporting Kansas City; Shawnee, Kan.)
Andres Jasson (New York City FC; Greenwich, Conn.)
Noah Jones (RB Leipzig/GER; Berlin, Germany)
Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (Seattle Sounders FC; Kent, Wash.)
Griffin Yow (D.C. United; Clifton, Va.)

During the Southern California camp, the USA will play USL Championship teams Orange County Soccer Club (July 31 11:30 a.m. PT at the Championship Soccer Stadium in Irvine) and LA Galaxy II (Aug. 6 at 11 a.m. PT at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson).
1 comment about "U.S. U-17 boys roster: Five newcomers to audition for World Cup spots".
  1. Goal Goal, July 26, 2019 at 10:39 a.m.

    Again, I ask.  There are many young men, in this age group,  playing regularly in top competition over seas that are totally bypassed in this group even though there are a few.  I do not understand.  Yet you see players who are riding the bench for MLS clubs involved here.  Is the secret to be involved with a MLS club no matter what.  What are US pro clubs contributing to US Soccer?  Maybe they are maybe they arent.  I would just like to understand.

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