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Vancouver Whitecaps forward Omar Salgado and Real Salt Lake attacker Luis Gil are among the 18 players chosen to represent the United States Under-18 national team in the Milk Cup later this month in Northern Ireland.
Chicago Fire midfielder Victor Pineda and Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jon Kempin will also represent the United States, along with internationally based goalkeeper Cody Cropper, defender Juan Pablo Ocegueda, midfielder Will Packwood and forward Jerome Kiesewetter.
The United States will play Israel on July 25 and Mexico on July 27 in addition to a final match. The United States has won the Milk Cup twice, capturing the title last year and in 2005.
Here is the U.S. U-18 roster for the tournament:
U.S. MILK CUP ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS – Cody Cropper (Ipswich Town), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City).
DEFENDERS – Michael Ambrose (FC Dallas Academy), Bryan Gallego (New York Red Bulls Academy), Jordan McCrary (University of North Carolina), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (UANL Tigres), Boyd Okwuonu (FC Dallas Academy), Jalen Robinson (D.C. United Academy), Javan Torre (Pateadores), Walker Zimmerman (Furman University).
MIDFIELDERS – Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Will Packwood (Birmingham City), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire), Marcus Salandy-Defour (D.C. United Academy), Alex Shinsky (University of Maryland).
FORWARDS – Jerome Kiesewetter (Hertha Berlin), Luis Rendon (FC Richmond Magic), Omar Salgado (Vancouver Whitecaps).
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