The USA is competing at the 2018 U-17 Four Nations Tournament in Mexico City, where the Shaun Tsakiris -coached squad will face the host, Argentina and Chile.
Tsakiris, the U.S. U-16 boys head coach, in charge in the wake of John Hackworth having left U.S. Soccer in August for the USL’s Louisville City FC, picked a 20-player roster for the Sept. 30-Oct. 8 trip during which the USA faces Argentina Oct. 4, Mexico Oct. 5 and and Chile Oct. 7. The U-17s are nine months into their two-year cycle and are preparing for the the 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship that serves as qualifying for the 2019 U-17 World Cup.
“At this time of the cycle, it’s about trying to identify players to make the depth chart a little bit deeper,” Tsakiris said. “Any opportunity that we have to give players a chance to show they deserve to be in the pool and in the cycle at this important time is imperative. We want to reward guys who have done well for the U-16 boys national team. Tyler Freeman did very well in Costa Rica and now we’ll get a chance to evaluate if Cade Cowell and Mauricio Cuevas could potentially help our U-17s as they get closer to qualifying.”
• Six players are making their U-17 debits: Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes), Cuevas (LA Galaxy), James Dunning (Feyenoord), Mario Penagos (Sacramento Republic), Daniel Robles (Seattle Sounders academy) and Aiden Weaver (PA Classics).
• Three of the nation’s top U-17s are not part […]