First U.S. U-17 men's national team roster named in 20 months

A squad of 36 players will take part in the U.S. U-17 men's national team camp to be held Nov. 1-8 in Chula Vista, California, the first camp U.S. Soccer has organized for the U-17 program since the pandemic struck in March 2020.

The squad includes players born on or after Jan. 1, 2006, making them eligible for the 2023 Under-17 World Cup in Peru.

Almost one-third of the players were recruited from out of the area of their current club and are in MLS residency programs.

Three players have played as academy players on USL pro teams: goalkeepers Fernando Delgado and Nicholas Holliday and defender Javen Romero.

U.S. U-17 Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Ryan Carney (New England Revolution; Dunstable, Mass.), Fernando Delgado (Real Salt Lake; Glendale, Ariz.), Julian Eyestone (FC Dallas, Dallas, Texas), Nicholas Holliday (North Carolina FC; Chapel Hill, N.C.)
DEFENDERS (10): Brian Alanis (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas), John Andrus (Philadelphia Union; Fallston, Md.), Riley Delgado (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Aaron Deppe (Chicago Fire; Coopersville, Mich.), Christian Diaz (LAFC; San Bernardino, Calif.), Tyler Hall (Inter Miami CF; Miramar, Fla.), Gershon Henry (Real Salt Lake; Portage, Mich.), Christian Metelitasa (De Anza Force; San Mateo, Calif.), Javen Romero (LAFC; Los Angeles, Calif.), Oscar Verhoeven (San Jose Earthquakes; Pleasant Hill, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Edgar Bazan (Sporting Kansas City; Overland Park, Kan.), Adrian Gill (Barcelona/ESP; Denver, Colo.), Aaron Heard (St. Louis City FC; Fairfax, Va.), Cruz Medina (San Jose Earthquakes; San Francisco, Calif.), Edwyn Mendoza (San Jose Earthquakes; San Jose, Calif.), Luis Moreno (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas), Tamir Ratovitz (LAFC; Los Angeles, Calif.), Matthew Schenfeld (FC Cincinnati; Louisville, Ky.), David Vazquez (Total Futbol Academy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Jude Wellings (Real Salt Lake; Birmingham, Mich.), Milo Wray (Portland Timbers; Portland, Ore.)
FORWARDS (11): Moises Arciniega (Barca Residency Academy; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Fidel Barajas (San Jose Earthquakes; Sacramento, Calif.), Micah Burton (Austin FC; Mounds View, Minn.), Bajung Darboe (Philadelphia Union; Sun Prairie, Wisc.), Andre Gitau (Houston Dynamo; Richmond, Texas), Michael Luande (Seattle Sounders; Puyalluo, Wash.), CJ Olney (Philadelphia Union; Hillsborough, N.J.), Diego Rocio (Philadelphia Union; Escondido, Calif.), Paolo Rudisill (LA Galaxy; Irvine, Calif.), Zion Vaughn (Real Salt Lake AZ; Chandler, Ariz.), Luke Zielinski (Philadelphia Union; Weston, Conn.)

5 comments about "First U.S. U-17 men's national team roster named in 20 months".
  1. Peter Bechtold, October 28, 2021 at 2:52 p.m.

    Judging from the names and places, this looks encouraging

  2. Bob Ashpole replied, October 30, 2021 at 2:45 a.m.

    It wasn't that long ago (for us) that there weren't any professional clubs, much less professional club youth teams. To me that is what is most encouraging about this list. :)

  3. Sean Blanton, October 28, 2021 at 6:08 p.m.

    The Midwest has the strongest MLSNext region in the US based on MLSNext Cup results, but poor showing for the Midwest in general. Are players being overlooked or are Midwest teams somehow better teams without top individuals?

  4. Kevin Wasco, October 28, 2021 at 9:15 p.m.

    Esmir Bajraktarevic
    New England Revolution Academy/ USL 
    probably most explosive offensive player at this age
    Agree with Sean Blanton above , Midwest is overlooked--Esmir  is from Wisconsin!

    Teammate Noah Buck belongs in this group too.

  5. Sean Guillory, October 29, 2021 at 5:30 a.m.

    How does FC Dallas only have one player on here?  2006s have some real talent.

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