New U17 MNT cycle kicks off in England
The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will hold its first training camp of the 2020-21 cycle at a UEFA Development Tournament at St. George’s Park in Burton upon Trent, England. There, the USA will play Spain on Wednesday, Feb. 19, England on Friday, Feb. 21 and Denmark on Monday, Feb. 24. Larry Sunderland, Director of Player Development at FC Cincinnati, will coach the U-17 USMNT at the competition.
A total of 20 players, all born in 2004, will represent the U.S. at the tournament. Players born on or after Jan. 1, 2004 are age-eligible for the 2021 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Seven players were a part of the U.S. team at the 2019 Concacaf Boys’ U-15 Championship, where the USA reached the semifinals. Sixteen of 20 players have spent at least one season in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
U-17 USMNT ROSTER BY POSITION (CLUB; HOMETOWN)
DEFENDERS (8): Logan Batiste (Inter Miami CF; Greenacres, Fla.), Kobi Henry (Inter Miami CF; Miami, Fla.), Samuel Jones (Philadelphia Union; Portsmouth, Va.), Antonio Leone (LAFC; Long Beach, Calif.), Efrain Morales (Atlanta United FC; Atlanta, Ga.), Devan Tanton (UE Cornella/ESP; Barcelona, Spain), Caleb Wiley (Atlanta United FC; Atlanta, Ga.), Thomas Williams (Orlando City SC; Titusville, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Juan Alvarez (Seattle Sounders FC; Tukwila, Wash.), Eric Ayala (Tijuana/MEX; San Diego, Calif.), Zach Booth (Real Salt Lake; Eden, Utah), Victor Valdez (LA Galaxy; Santa Ana, Calif.), Aethan Yohannes (AZ Alkmaar/NED; Springfield, Va.)
FORWARDS (5): Kaile Auvray (Lille/FRA; Kansas City, Kan.), Federico Oliva (Atletico Madrid/ESP; Madrid, Spain), Evan Rotundo (San Diego Surf; La Mesa, Calif.), Dantouma Toure (New York Red Bulls; Trenton, N.J.), Darren Yapi (Colorado Rapids; Denver, Colo.)
The U.S. U-16 Girls’ National Team will compete in a UEFA Development Tournament during the same timeframe, also against Denmark, England and Spain. Neither tournament’s games will be streamed/available to watch online.
Seventeen clubs are represented on the roster, with 15 players based domestically and five playing abroad in Spain (two), France, Netherlands and Mexico (one each).
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