The United States U-17s are ready to begin a new cycle, and their first test will be at the 2017 Nike International Friendlies, to take place in Lakewood Ranch, Florida November 29th-December 3rd. The U-17s will take on the Netherlands, England (who just won the 2017 U-17 World Cup), and Brazil during the 5-day series. U-17 head coach John Hackworth has named a 24-man preliminary roster for the friendlies, with a camp set to begin Friday in Florida. In the end, Hackworth will narrow down the roster to 20, with the remaining 4 players competing with their Academy clubs during the the 2017 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase, which takes place simultaneously at the same location.
The 24-man roster for the U-17s:
DEFENDERS (7): Axel Alejandre (FC United Soccer Club), Sebastian Anderson (Colorado Rapids), George Bello (Atlanta United), Mitchell Eise (Sporting Kansas City), Mason Judge (Chargers Soccer Club), Kenneth Nielsen (Pateadores), Joseph Scally (New York City FC)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Joshua Atencio (Seattle Sounders), Gianluca Busio (Sporting Kansas City), Adam Saldana (Real So Cal), Gilbert Fuentes Perez (San Jose Earthquakes), Maximillian Goeggel (Stuttgart), Peter Stroud (New York Red Bulls)
FORWARDS (7): Julian Gaines (Lonestar Soccer Club), Cade Hagan (Sockers FC), Diego Lopez (FC Golden State), Daniel Mangarov (Atlanta United FC), Alfonso Ocampo Chavez (Seattle Sounders), Dante Sealy (FC Dallas), Ray Serrano (Seattle Sounders)
The roster consists of players who were born after 2002 and thus would be eligible to compete in the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup, of which Kenya, Singapore, Rwanda, Belgium, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay have expressed an interest in hosting. The Nike International Friendlies mark the beginning of their journey, so get to those these players. You may see many of them representing the United States on the world’s stage in the next couple years.