Perez calls in 24 players for U18 camp

Perez calls in 24 players for U18 camp
by J.R. Eskilson
March 31, 2014
Mukwelle Akale, boys club soccer, U18 MNTMukwelle Akale

The U.S. U18 Men’s National Team is headed to Carson, Calif. this week for games against Mexico and Canada as part of the domestic training camp. Head coach Javier Perez has called in 24 players for the camp including Jonathan Klinsmann, the son of Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. This is the first U18 call-up for the younger Klinsmann who is a goalkeeper and recently committed to California.

Also of note, Chelsea FC’s Kyle Scott was also called into this camp, which is his second appearance with this age group. Scott, a midfielder, is the lone player from outside of the U.S. on the squad.

The roster is made up of only players born in 1997 as Perez prepares this group for the U20 World Cup cycle in three years time.

A source provided TopDrawerSoccer.com with an early look at the roster.

U.S. U18  Men’s National Team Roster:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Christian Herrera (RSL Arizona; Las Cruces, N.M.), Jonathan Klinsmann (Irvine Strikers; Newport Beach, Calif.), James Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes; Alamo, Calif.)

DEFENDERS (8): David Chavez (De Anza Force; Redwood City, Calif.), Justen Glad (RSL Arizona; Tucson, Ariz.), Malcolm Jones (LA Galaxy; Chino Hills, Calif.), Quentin Pearson (Colorado Rapids; Longmont, Colo.), Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Alexander Ramos (LA Galaxy; Reseda, Calif.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City Soccer Club; Oviedo, Fla.)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Mukwelle Akale (Minnesota Thunder; Minneapolis, Minn.), Kyle Scott (Chelsea FC; Winterbourne, Bristol), Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire; Downers Grove, Ill.), Patrick Jean-Giles (DC United; Lorton, Va.), Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire; Carmel, Ind.), Stephen Payne (Chicago Magic; Birmingham, Ala.), Sebastian Saucedo (RSL Arizona; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Benjamin Swanson (Crew Academy; Grove City, Ohio), Jackson Yueill (Minnesota Thunder; Bloomington, Minn.)

FORWARDS (4): Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Sebastian Elney (Boca United; Boca, Fla.), Christian Lucatero (Houston Dynamo; Pasadena, Texas), Jorge Ruiz (LA Galaxy; Mission Hills, Calif.) 

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