The U.S. U18 Men’s National Team is in camp this week as it prepares for the 2015 U18 NTC Invitational. The U.S. will take on Uruguay and Czech Republic as part of the tournament. The first game for the U.S. is on Saturday, July 11 vs. Uruguay. The U.S. takes on Czech Republic on Monday, July 13.
U.S. head coach Javier Perez called in 20 players for the tournament including U17 MNT forward Haji Wright, who is among six professional players on the team.
The U.S. is attempting to defend its NTC Invitational crown after winning the U20 installment of the tournament last summer. The event marks the start of a busy week in Carson, California for U.S. Soccer staff, which is also hosting the semifinal and final of the Development Academy playoffs on July 16 and 18.
U.S. U18 MNT Roster for 2015 NTC Invitational:
Name (Club; hometown, college commitment)
Defenders (6): Marcello Borges (New York Red Bulls; Kearny, N.J., Michigan), Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls; Brooklyn, N.Y., Monmouth), Malcolm Jones (LA Galaxy; Chino Hills, Calif., UCLA), Andrew Lombard (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J., Northeastern), Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif., San Diego State), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.)
Midfielders (6): Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire; Carmel, Ind., North Carolina), James Murphy (PDA; Scotch Plains, N.J.), Emmanuel Sabbi (Chicago Magic; Libertyville, Ill., Akron), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Benjamin Swanson (Columbus Crew SC; Grove City, Ohio), Jackson Yueill (Minnesota Thunder; Bloomington, Minn., UCLA)
Forwards (6): Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal CF; Minneapolis, Minn), Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Sebastian Elney (Philadelphia Union; Boca Raton, Fla., Maryland), Christian Lucatero (Houston Dynamo; Pasadena, Texas, Oregon State), Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders; Des Moines, Wash.), Haji Wright (New York Cosmos; Los Angeles, Calif.)