Roster: U.S. U-17 boys head to Netherlands tourney

Two months ahead of the 2019 U-17 World Cup in Brazil, Coach Raphael Wicky  has named a 23-player roster for the 4 Nations Tournament in Assen, Netherlands, Sept. 5-9. The USA will face host Netherlands, which will also be its third group-stage opponent at the World Cup, Mexico and Denmark.
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-- Fourteen players return from the 20-player team that finished second in Concacaf qualifying in the spring. The notable omission is midfielder Danny Leyva, who will remain with the Seattle Sounders, who have an MLS match on Sept. 7 against Colorado and will be depleted because of national team call-ups.

-- Atlanta United defender George Bello will return after missing Concacaf qualifying because of a lengthy layoff due to an adductor injury.

-- Nico Carrera, who plays in the FC Dallas academy, has decided to play for the USA after spending part of the summer with Mexico's U-17s.

-- Two players joined English U-18 clubs over the summer: goalkeeper Chituru Odunze (Leicester City) and defender Jonathan Tomkinson (Norwich City).

U-17 boys national team World Cup
Player (club/hometown U-17 caps/goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3):
Aaron Cervantes (Orange County SC; Chino Hills, Calif.; 3/0)
Damian Las (Unattached; Norridge, Ill.; 18/0)
Chituru Odunze (Leicester City/ENG; London, England; 6/0)
DEFENDERS (8):
*Sebastian Anderson (Colorado Rapids; Highlands Ranch, Colo.; 0/0)
Adam Armour (North Carolina FC; Cary, N.C.; 16/0)
*George Bello (Atlanta United; Douglasville, Ga.; 6/1)
Nicolas Carrera (FC Dallas academy; Frisco, Texas; 0/0)
Mauricio Cuevas (LA Galaxy academy; Los Angeles, Calif.; 5/0)
Tayvon Gray (New York City FC academy; Bronx, N.Y.; 15/0)
Kobe Hernandez (LA Galaxy academy; Los Angeles, Calif.; 20/2)
Jonathan Tomkinson (Norwich City/ENG; Plano, Texas; 0/0)
MIDFIELDERS (5):
Maximilian Dietz (Freiburg/GER; Frankfurt, Germany; 0/0)
Ethan Dobbelaere (Seattle Sounders academy; Seattle, Wash.; 0/0)
*Gilbert Fuentes (San Jose Earthquakes; Tracy, Calif.; 19/0)
Bryang Kayo (D.C. United academy; Poolesville, Md.; 5/1)
Adam Saldana (LA Galaxy II; Panorama City, Calif.; 23/2)
FORWARDS (7):
*Gianluca Busio (Sporting KC; Greensboro, N.C.; 13/7)
Andres Jasson (New York City FC academy; Greenwich, Conn.; 8/0)
Noah Jones (RB Leipzig/GER; Berlin, Germany; 0/0)
*Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (Seattle Sounders; Kent, Wash.; 21/9)
*Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas; McKinney, Texas; 12/4)
Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund/GER; Bedford, N.Y.; 14/7)
*Griffin Yow (D.C. United; Clifton, Va.; 12/7)
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* Have signed MLS Homegrown contracts.

1 comment about "Roster: U.S. U-17 boys head to Netherlands tourney".
  1. Hat Trick, August 31, 2019 at 9:41 p.m.

    Here is what I don’t understand as it pertains to MLS players chosen or players from DA MLS related clubs. No doubt they are above average fo their age group.  I am aware of all of these players and I am aware that they get very little playing time for the main club and some get very little playing time for the sub club.  How do these players get the call ahead of our players at the same age group playing throughout Europe who in many cases are starting for thir teams and playing everyday.  Although we have chosen some it appears to me something is out of kilt here.  Tell me there isn’t any favoritism shown towards MLS related clubs.

    Game ready is the secret to better play and being above average and not getting regular play is not a great asset.  The bias here is evident.

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