Javier Perez has called in 20 players for the United States' U-18 training camp in the Netherlands for almost two weeks of training and four friendlies. The team will play the Netherlands and U-18 teams from Feyenoord, Borussia Dortmund and Club Brugge.
The biggest name on the roster is Bayern Munich U-19 forward Julian Green. He is just the latest of a string of German-Americans to join up with the U.S., although he is putting on the red, white and blue for the first time after representing Germany at the U-16 and U-17 level. Green was born in Tampa, Florida, but moved to Germany when he was two years old. He visits his father in Florida annually and had stated that he was open to making a national team switch to the U.S. before.
Green opened eyes last year with 17 goals in 25 matches for Bayern Munich's U-17 team. He is said to be very quick and good on the ball and while he is listed as a forward, he isn't the typical bruising, lead the line type of striker. He is smaller and is as much of an attacking midfielder as he is a forward, often playing underneath a bigger striker, but he has also spent time out wide.
In addition to Green, Kristian Scott from Stoke City's academy joins up with the U.S. for the camp. He is the son of a Stoke scout and was originally in the Bristol City academy when his father worked there. The central midfielder is said to be very smooth on the ball and did well enough to get a look with the Stoke reserves last year.
Many of the other players on the team are familiar names from other U.S. youth camps. Nine come from MLS academy set ups and all of them will be looking to make an impression because the U-20 World Cup is just nine months away.
Goalkeepers: Ethan Horvath (Unattached; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zackary Steffen (Maryland; Downington, Pa.).
Defenders: Michael Amick (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Suliaman Dainkeh (DC United Academy; Reston, Va.), Dylan Greenberg (Albertson SC; Dix Hills, N.Y.), Trevor Haberkorn (Solar Chelsea SC; Roanoke, Texas), Jalen Markey (Seattle Sounders FC Academy; Renton, Wash.)
Midfielders: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Marco Delgado (CD Chivas USA; Glendora, Calif.), Romain Gall (FC Lorient; Herndon, Va.), Jacori Hayes (Baltimore Bays; Bowie, Md.), Piakai Henkel (Amiens FC; Arcata, Calif.), Kristian Scott (Stoke City, Winterbourne, England)
Forwards: Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake Arizona; Rochester, N.Y.), Paul Arriola (LA Galaxy; Chula Vista, Calif.), Julian Green (Bayern Munich; Tampa, Fla.), Benjamin Lopez (Real Salt Lake Arizona; San Diego, Calif.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.), Ben Spencer Jr. (CD Chivas USA; Albuquerque, N.M.), Travis Wannemuehler (Indiana Fire Academy; Evansville, Ind.)