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U.S. U-18s set for Lisbon tournament

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Professionals, Development Academy players and incoming college impact freshmen make up Mike Matkovich's United States Under-18 roster for next week's trip to Lisbon, Portugal.

The U-18s will face the Netherlands, Portugal and Finland on May 25, 26 and 28, respectively, in the Lisbon International Tournament. Among those headlining the roster are Birmingham City youth midfielder Will Packwood, Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jon Kempin, Chicago Fire midfielder Victor Pineda and Real Salt Lake midfielder Luis Gil.

Here is the 20-man roster that's headed to Portugal:


GOALKEEPERS – Jeff Gal (Sockers FC), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City).

DEFENDERS – Michael Ambrose (FC Dallas Academy), Jack Coleman (FC Dallas Academy), Bryan Gallego (New York Red Bulls Academy), Jordan McCrary (University of North Carolina), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Tigres), Boyd Okwuonu (FC Dallas Academy), Walker Zimmerman (Furman).

MIDFIELDERS – Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Daniel Metzger (New York Red Bulls Academy), William Packwood (Birmingham City), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire), Alex Shinksy (University of Maryland), Christopher Somerville (Baltimore Bays Chelsea), Wil Trapp (Crew Soccer Academy).

FORWARDS – Villyan Bijev (Cal Odyssey), Luis Rendon (FC Richmond Magic), Khiry Shelton (Lonestar SC), Jonathan Top (FC Dallas Academy).


Which players are you expecting to stand out? How do you think the U-18s will fare?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. funny that Agudelo could still be called in here and u-20s, but is a better bet to make the senior squad instead

  2. Renken was called into the U20 squad for the France tournament, but Hoffenheim denied his release, just releasing Gyau

  3. 3 of which are defenders. Interesting to see if they make up 3/4 of the National team lineup, that would certainly do well for continuity, and speak highly of their club.

  4. An article I read said he has resumed training and was trying to crack into Hoffenhiem’s (sp?) U-19 starting line-up. He has recovered medically from his knee injury though.

  5. Whatever happened to Charles Renken? Is he still recovering from his knee injury? I would like to see him get called up for one of these youth camps

  6. Expecting to stand out, that’s tough w/ the U-18s. I’m hoping to see Luis Gil do well here and at the U-20s. (And maybe to do well in some limited time on the pitch for RSL this season too.)


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