The U.S. U15 Boys National Team is in camp this week at the National Training Center in Southern California. This is the first camp for the 2002 age group, which would make up the majority of the team for the 2019 U17 World Cup.
On Sunday, the roster for the camp was leaked on twitter. There are 48 players on the list including a number of players with familiar last names. New York City FC Director of Football Operations and former U.S. Soccer Technical Director Claudio Reyna’s son Giovanni is on the list. Masango Akale, the younger brother of U.S. U20 MNT midfielder Mukwelle Akale, and Julian Gaines, the younger brother of U.S. U17 MNT winger McKenzie Gaines, are both on the list. Efrain Alvarez, the younger brother of Colorado Rapids midfielder Carlos Alvarez, is also part of this group.
Lots of familiar ties make some names stand out, but there are others on the list that jump out for the big pool of players for other reasons. De Anza Force midfielder Jack Imperato has already attracted some admirers from European clubs. Twins Kayvon and Tayvon Gray were standouts in the Development Academy last season for the Cedar Stars. Kawika Kelii is the lone representative on the roster from Hawaii.
The camp kicked off on Sunday and will wrap up at the end of the week. TopDrawerSoccer will be on hand for some scrimmages this week so check back later in the week for a recap of the action and a piece on the players to watch for this group.
U.S. U15 Boys National Team Camp Roster (via @USAProspects):
Goalkeepers (4): Alex Babocea (NYRB; Glenn Oaks, N.Y.), Aaron Cervantes (LA Galaxy; Chino Hills, Calif.), Damian Las (Chicago Magic; Norridge, Ill.), Carlos Zuniga (San Diego Surf; Chula Vista, Calif.)
Defenders (15): Sebastian Anderson (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Noah Atanda (Bethesda-Olney; Olney, Md.), George Bello (Ambush; Douglasville, Ga.), Brian Carmona (Eastside Timbers; Portland, Ore.), Alan Enriquez (La Esperanza; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Devin Faison (TFC Alliance; Cary, N.C.), Maximilian Goeggel (De Anza Force; San Francisco, Calif.), Tayvon Gray (Cedar Stars; Bronx, N.Y.), Mukisa Klingi (Bethesda-Olney, Bethesda, Md.), Conner Maurer (NYRB; Levittown, N.Y.), Jake O’Conner (CASL, Cary, N.C.), Danny Ramm (NYRB, Freehold, N.J.), Jose Rios (FC Golden State; San Bernardino, Calif.), Peter Stroud (NYRB; Chester, N.J.), Juan Zuniga (Storm; Bluffton, S.C.)
Midfielders (17): Masango Akale (Minnesota Thunder; Minneapolis, Minn.), Efrain Alvarez (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Julian Anderson (PDA; Ocean, N.J.), Henry Bowland (SA Scorpions; San Antonio, Texas), Gilbert Fuentes Perez (Ballistic United; Tracy, Calif.), Frank Gonzalez (FC Golden State; South Gate, Calif.), Cade Hagan (LA Galaxy; Naperville, Ill.), David Hughes (Richmond United; Moseley, Va.), Takumi Ikeda (Chicago Fire; Madison, Wis.), Jack Imperato (De Anza Force; San Jose, Calif.), Bryang Kayo (Bethesda-Olney; Montgomery Village, Md.), Diego Letayf (FC Dallas; Southlake, Texas), Mikey Maunsell (Oakwood; Oxford, Conn.), Daniel Robles (Seattle Sounders; Burien, Wash.), Evan Schweikert (Oakwood; North Haven, Conn.), Benjamin Smith (Real Colorado; Centennial, Colo.), Kai Thomas (Weston FC; Coral Springs, Fla.)
Forwards (12): Adam Armour (CASL; Cary, N.C.), William Burnett (CASL; Fayetteville, N.C.), Jack De Vries (Philadelphia Union; Wayne, Pa.), Cameron Dunbar (Albion; Chula Vista, Calif.), Julian Gaines (Lonestar Soccer Club; Austin, Texas), Kayvon Gray (Cedar Stars; Bronx, N.Y.), Bryson Hankins (Central CA Aztecs; Bakersfield, Calif.), Kawika Kelii (Maui United; Waianae, Hawaii), Daniel Mangarov (Georgia United; Duluth, Ga.), Giovanni Reyna (NYCFC; Beford, N.Y.), Kalani Takaura (Capital FC; Washington D.C.), Jackson Temple (Continental FC Delco; Millville, Pa.)