That triumph came on the back of a number of players set to graduate in 2019. The group will serve as the backbone of the U.S. U17s over the next year and a half for the upcoming World Cup cycle.
While there is plenty of time to prepare for 2018 CONCACAF qualifying, the roster that traveled to Italy featured 14 high school juniors, out of a total of 21.
Plenty could change between now and the 2018 edition of the U17 World Cup, scheduled to be held in Uruguay. New head coach Mark Carr oversaw last week’s trip to Europe, and the success there should be a building block for the group.
Below is a look at each junior’s involvement in Italy (Top 150 rank in parentheses).