Williams selects Under-17 squad for Japan tournament

Williams selects Under-17 squad for Japan tournament

U.S. Youth National Teams

Williams selects Under-17 squad for Japan tournament

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By DAN KARELL

Though they won’t be participating in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup this fall, the United States Men’s Under-17 team will be playing in one last tournament in Niigata, Japan.

U.S. U-17 head coach Richie Williams has named an 18-player squad for the tournament, which includes 12 players who were part of the USSF residency program in Bradenton, Florida. Notable members of the squad include the captain Shaquell Moore, Corey Baird, Christopher Lima, and Rubio Rubin.

The squad will play three games in Japan from July 13-15, facing the Croatia and Japan U-17 squads on the first two days before finishing with the Niigata All-Stars team on the 15th. This tournament marks the final time the current squad plays as U-17s, graduating to the next age group starting this fall.

Here’s a closer look at the Under-17 roster:

U.S. Under-17 Roster for Niigata, Japan tournament:

GOALKEEPERS: Jeff Caldwell (NC Fusion; Todd, N.C.), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes Academy; Alamo, Calif.)

DEFENDERS: Conor Donovan (NC Alliance; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake Academy; Tucson, Ariz.), David Godinez-Chavez (De Anza Force; Redwood City, Calif.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City Academy; Lee’s Summitt, Mo.), Tommy Redding (FC America Premier; Oviedo, Fla.), John Requejo Jr. (Real So Cal; Carpinteria, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS: Corey Baird (San Diego Surf; Escondido, Calif.), Christopher Lema (New York Red Bulls Academy; Ridgefield, N.J.), Amirgy Pineda (Fullerton Rangers; Santa Ana, Calif.), Christian Pulisic (PA Classics; Hershey, Pa.), Tyler Turner (South Central Premier; West Haven, Conn.)

FORWARDS: Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake Academy; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Andrija Novakovich (Chicago Magic PSG; Muskego, Wis.), Rubio Rubin (unattached; Beaverton, Ore.), Ahinga Selemani (CSA Wolves; Ann Arbor, Mich.)

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