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U.S. U17 MNT roster named for tourney

Article Written by U.S. Soccer
Published: March 18, 2016

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will head to France to take part in the 44th International Montaigu Tournament set to take place from March 18-29. 

U-17 MNT head coach John Hackworth will be with the U-23 MNT for Olympic Qualifying. Therefore, U-16 BNT Shaun Tsakiris will coach the U-17s while in France and has named a 20-player roster to take abroad. 

The roster is entirely made up of all players born in 2000. Seven players are affiliated with MLS club teams, while 11 players are a part of the Development Academy. Four players – Jean-Julian Foe Nuphaus, Justin Garces, Niccolo Lemoine and Timothy Weah – were not part of the previous U-17 trip to Izmir, Turkey for the 2016 Aegean Cup. This will be the first call-up for Weah in 2016; the other three take part of the 2016 Spring Semester Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida.

The team last competed in this tournament back in 2012, when the U.S. defeated Mexico 1-0 to finish in fifth place.

Date                      Match                              Time (ET)             Location
March 22             USA vs. Brazil                     2 p.m.                   Poire-Sur-Vie, France
March 24             USA vs. England                  2 p.m.                   Poire-Sur-Vie, France
March 26             USA vs. Russia                   12 p.m.                 Bretignolles-Sur-Mer, France
March 28             USA vs. TBD                        TBD                        TBD

ROSTER BY POSTION:
GOALKEEPERS (2):
 Alexander Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Justin Garces (Kendall FC; Miami, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Jake Arteaga (LA Galaxy; Glendora, Calif.), Kelee Cornfield-Saunders (LA Galaxy; San Marcos, Calif.), Chris Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), J.J. Foe Nuphaus (San Jose Earthquakes; San Jose, Calif), Rayshaun McGann (Philadelphia Union; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Tyler Shaver (Beachside Soccer Club; Riverside, Conn.), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): George Acosta (Weston FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Christopher Goslin (Georgia United; Locust Grove, Ga.), James Sands (New York Soccer Club; Rye, N.Y.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.)
FORWARDS (6): Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Andrew Carleton (Georgia United; Powder Springs, Ga.), Nicolas Garcia-Morillo (Atletico de MadridMadrid, Spain), Niccolo Lemoine (De Anza Force; Livermore, Calif.), Joshua Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallen, Mo.), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.; Rosedale, N.Y.)

 
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