YNT Rosters: USA sends two boys teams to Nike International Friendlies

U.S. Soccer is fielding two teams in the annual Nike International Friendlies that will begin Thursday at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

The USA will feature two teams  -- a U-17 "B" team (players who didn't go to the World Cup in Brazil) and a U-16 team -- and they will face U-16 teams from the Netherlands and Turkey.

Typically, the odd year would feature U-15 teams -- at the start of a two-year cycle leading to the next U-17 World Cup.

Among the players called in were Damian Rivera signed by the New England Revolution to a Homegrown player contract on Friday, Sagir David Arce, who recently debuted for Liga MX club Morelia's first team, and Joshua Pynadath, who has been playing for Jong Ajax, the Dutch champion's second team.

U-17 Boys Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Ethan Wady (Chelsea/ENG), Seth Wilson (FC Dallas academy).
DEFENDERS (7): Axel Alejandre (FC United), Antino Lopez (Seattle Sounders academy), Bryson Hankins (Seattle Sounders academy), Joshua Ramsey (Solar SC), John Tolkin (NY Red Bulls academy), Jonathan Tomkinson (Norwich City/ENG), Rickson van Hees (NEC/NED).
MIDFIELDERS (4): Jacob Davis (Sporting Kansas City academy), Gilbert Fuentes (San Jose Earthquakes), Damian Rivera (New England Revolution), Pablo Soares (Bourssia Monchengladbach/GER).
FORWARDS (7): Sagir David Arce (Morelia/MEX), Jack de Vries (Philadelphia Union), Jack Imperato (Roda/ESP), Noah Jones (RB Leipzig/GER), Tucker Lepley (Sporting Kansas City academy), Joshua Pynadath (Ajax/NED), Bailey Sparks (Solar SC)

U-16 Boys Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Anthony Ramos (LA Galaxy academy), Gabriel Slonina (Chicago Fire).
DEFENDERS (7): Mauricio Cuevas (LA Galaxy II), Jonathan Gomez (FC Dallas academy), Noah Hall (Columbus Crew academy), Dante Huckaby (Philadelphia Union academy), Eric Kinzner (Seattle Sounders academy), Jalen Neal (LA Galaxy academy), Casey Walls (San Jose Earthquakes).
MIDFIELDERS (5): Javier Casas (Chicago Fire academy), Daniel Edelman (PDA), Sota Kitahara (Seattle Sounders academy), Jack McGlynn (Philadelphia Union academy), Moses Nyeman (D.C. United).
FORWARDS (6): Patrick Bohui (Philadelphia Union academy), Tyler Freeman (Sporting Kansas City), Alex Monis (Chicago Fire academy), Kevin Paredes (D.C. United academy), Samuel Sarver (Columbus Crew academy), Dante Sealy (FC Dallas).

2019 Nike International Friendlies:
Thursday, Nov. 14
Netherlands vs. U-16 BNT, 3:30 p.m. ET
Turkey vs. U-17 MNT, 6:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, Nov. 16
Netherlands vs. Turkey, 3:30 p.m. ET
U-16 BNT vs. U-17 MNT, 6:30 p.m. ET
Monday, Nov. 18
U-16 BNT vs. Turkey, 3:30 p.m. ET
U-17 MNT vs. Netherlands, 6:30 p.m. ET

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6 comments about "YNT Rosters: USA sends two boys teams to Nike International Friendlies".
  1. Hat Trick, November 9, 2019 at 9:28 p.m.



    i would be interested to know how US Soccer is going to sell the importance of this call up after the “Fiasco in Brazil where the team identified as the A team was turned every way but lose.

    i would like to know how US Soccer is going to convince this group that the coaching in US Soccer knows How to do what they are charged to do. How do you convince these kids that the coaching is  competent when it comes to identify quality players.


  2. R2 Dad replied, November 10, 2019 at 1:31 a.m.

    We don't have a philosophy, so it's all down to temporary coaches and their fickle preferences that camp/tournament. We're playing against the Dutch and Turkey--both good teams with good coaching--so our coaches will need to "get a result" to impress Chicago. Not the best of circumstances. Someone like Josh P is going to see first-hand, like Dest did, how little fun it is going to be to playing "the American way" against good teams. Lots of running, not a lot of possession. He is visualizing the ball at his feet in the attacking 3rd--like at Ajax--but he might see that a couple times in a match at most. Would love to be proven wrong here, but I think it's safe to say expectations are low. 

  3. Hat Trick, November 9, 2019 at 9:29 p.m.



    i would be interested to know how US Soccer is going to sell the importance of this call up after the “Fiasco in Brazil where the team identified as the A team was turned every way but lose.

    i would like to know how US Soccer is going to convince this group that the coaching in US Soccer knows How to do what they are charged to do. How do you convince these kids that the coaching is  competent when it comes to identify quality players.


  4. Hat Trick, November 10, 2019 at 12:11 p.m.

    R2 you are right on.  There are several players coming In who have been there before who play in Europe and have been very successful with the clubs. One is the kid from Ajax and the other is the kid from Spain.  A few months ago Top Drawer did an article on both following their careers.  All good stuff.  They were sent packing.   I guess because they didn’t have any professional experience here in the states.  I know they were both from California and played for the same club out there at different times.  I am going to see if there is a way to pick up previous stories fro TD.

    I guess someday US Soccer will figure out our style of play, whenever that gets identified, doesn’t work.  

  5. Bob Ashpole, November 10, 2019 at 5:41 p.m.

    In my view "style of play" and "formations" are overemphasized. What matters is fundamentals. "Formations" and "style of play" are just a game plan. Really important for that match and important for training a senior team, but not important for player development--fundamentals are. Players who have mastered fundamentals can play any style.

  6. Hat Trick replied, November 10, 2019 at 8:12 p.m.

    Bob, I disagree.  Certainly to play the game successfully you have to have mastered the fundamentals.  That is a given.  But the formation and how you play it is everything.

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