In preparation for the upcoming CONCACAF U-17 Championships, head coach John Hackworth has named his 26-man roster for a pair of upcoming friendlies.
The roster features a heavy dose of players currently on MLS academy rosters, with 15 of the 26 currently featuring in MLS teams’ youth systems. The remainder of the roster is composed of players from private academies, as well as one unattached player, Foe Nuphaus of San Jose, CA, and one player from Atletico Madrid’s youth set-up in Spain, Nicolas Garcia-Morillo.
Sporting Kansas City has two prospects in the group with Jaylin Lindsey and Grayson Barber, matched by Atlanta United with Carlos Asensio and Christopher Goslin, and New York City FC with brothers James and William Sands. The Portland Timbers, New York Red Bulls, Philadelphia Union, New England Revolution, Real Salt Lake, D.C United, Toronto FC, and FC Dallas all contribute one player each.
The friendlies on February 27th and March 2nd against the Honduras U-17 team will be the team’s first competitive contests since they swept Brazil, Portugal, and Turkey’s youth teams to win the Nike International Friendlies in December. The team will travel to Panama from April 21st to May 7th for the U-17 Championships, where they’ve been matched with Mexico, Jamaica, and El Salvador.
Here’s a look at the full roster:
ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alexander Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Justin Garces (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.), Quantrell Jones (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore, Md.)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Asensio (Atlanta United; Roswell, Ga.), Ethan Bartlow (Crossfire Premier, Woodinville, Wash.), Jean-Julien Foe Nuphaus (Unattached, San Jose, Calif.), Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), Rayshaun McGann (Philadelphia Union; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), James Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): George Acosta (Weston FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Isaac Angking (New England Revolution; Providence, R.I.), Grayson Barber (Sporting Kansas City; Blythewood, S.C.), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake AZ; Eden, Utah), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Christopher Goslin (Atlanta United; Locust Grove, Ga.), Indiana Vassilev (IMG Academy; Savannah, Ga.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.), Akil Watts (IMG Academy; Fort Wayne, Ind.)
FORWARDS (5): Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Nicolas Garcia-Morillo (Atletico Madrid; Madrid, Spain), Bryan Reynolds Jr. (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Texas), William Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Joshua Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallen, Mo.)