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U.S. U-18 coach Omid Namazi names 36-player squad for first camp

Omid Namazi U.S. U-18 head coach

Omid Namazi is wasting no time getting a look at a good chunk of his player pool.

Namazi named his first roster as head coach of the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team, and it was comprised of 36 players. The camp will run from Jan. 17-23, and will be held at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

The young Americans are preparing for international games in Argentina during early March.

Namazi, a former assistant coach for Iran’s National Team and the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team, was appointed as boss of the U-18s earlier this month.

Here is the full 36-player roster:

Goalkeepers (4): James Fetterly (Texas Rush; The Woodlands, Texas), Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif.), Alec Smir (North Carolina Fusion; Greensboro, N.C.), Seth Steibel (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallon, Mo.)

Defenders (11): Jose Alfaro Jr. (Monarcas Morelia; West Chicago, Ill.), Corey Anton (FC Kaiserslautern; Wollstein, Germany), McKay Eves (RSL Arizona; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Christopher Grey (San Jose Earthquakes; San Jose, Calif.), Harold Hanson (FC Golden State; Ontario, Calif.), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; Bear, Del.), Alessandro Milesi (Shattuck-St. Mary’s; Fairbault, Minn.), Matthew Real (Philadelphia Union; Drexel Hill. Pa.), Samual Rogers (Seattle Sounders; Seattle, Wash.), Callum Stretch (Aston Villa FC; Encino, Calif.), Carson Vom Steeg (Real So Cal; Santa Barbara, Calif.)

Midfielders (12): Faris Abdi (IMG Academy; West Bradenton, Calif.), Alberto Alvarenga (Real So Cal; Canoga Park, Calif.), Omir Fernandez (New York Red Bulls; Bronx, N.Y.), Anthony Fontana (Philadelphia Union; Newark, Del.), Andrew Paoli (San Jose Earthquakes; San Jose, Calif.), Emanuel Perez (Capitol Area Railhawks Academy; Garner, N.C..), Nicholas Pergjini (Troyes AC; DIGAS, France), Sterling Russell (Seattle Sounders; Bellevue, Wash.), Kazuyoshi Shigenobu (New York Red Bulls; Ridgewood, N.J.), Gregory Tracey (Colorado Rapids, Arvada, Colo.), Erik Virgen Aguilar (RSL Arizona; Tucson, Ariz.), Hanif Wright (Unattached; Los Angeles, Calif.)

Forwards (9): Arda Bulut (San Jose Earthquakes; Los Gatos, Calif.), Joshua Burnett (Players Development Academy; Glen Ridge, N.J.), Rhys de Sota (Real Colorado; Foxfield, Colo.), Damen Marcu (Real Colorado; Arvada, Colo.), Leonardo Marquez-Ramirez (Club Leon; Vasilia, Calif.), Justin McMaster (Philadelphia Union, King of Prussia, Pa.), Cody Sundquist (ACF Fiorentina; Lincoln, Calif.), Kei Tomozawa (Seattle Sounders; Bellevue, Wash.), Alex Vedamanikam (RSL Arizona; Casa Grande, Ariz.)

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What do you think of this roster? Would you have preferred Namazi to look at less players in his first camp or is this amount just right?

Share your thoughts below.

3 comments
  • wood chip zip

    Not seeing a single player from U17 WC squad. Some have been called up to U20s but a couple of good performers have not been called to this camp or U20s

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    • AMPhibian

      Well they brought along Haji Wright, right? Oh never mind, that’s Hanif Wright. . .Also from LA.

      This is breaking news or something, because I can’t find another article about this anywhere.

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