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Global May 12, 2016

Hackworth names 23-player U.S. U-17 MNT roster for AIFF Youth Cup

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CHICAGO (Via U.S. Soccer) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach John Hackworth has named a 23-player roster for the AIFF Youth Cup in Goa, India, set to take place from May 11-26.

The U.S. will face Tanzania on May 15, host India on May 19, South Korea on May 21, and Malaysia on May 23. The third place match and the final will be played on May 25.

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The USA is coming off a pair of friendlies victories against Canada in Florida last month, defeating the northern neighbors 3-1 in both matches. This will be the third tournament of the year for the U-17s after the U.S. won the 44th Mondial Football de Montaigu Tournament in March and placed second in the 2016 Aegean Cup in January.

Organized by the All India Football Federation, this is the first edition of the AIFF Youth Cup, preparing players and organizers for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup that will be held in India next year.

Roster by Position

GOALKEEPERS (3): Alexander Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Justin Garces (Kendall FC; Miami, Fla.), Quantrell Jones (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore, Md.)

DEFENDERS (8): Jake Arteaga (LA Galaxy; Glendora, Calif.), Jean-Julian Foe Nuphaus (San Jose Earthquakes; 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.), Tyler Shaver (Beachside Soccer Club; Riverside, Conn.), AJ Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.), Chandler Vaughn (D.C. United; Hood River, Ore.)

MIDFIELDERS (6): George Acosta (Weston FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Christopher Goslin (Georgia United; Locust Grove, Ga.), James Sands (New York Soccer Club; Rye, N.Y.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.)

FORWARDS (6): Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ontario), Andrew Carleton (Georgia United; Powder Springs, Ga.), Niccolo Lemoine (De Anza Force; Livermore, Calif.), Kevin Negrete (LA Galaxy; Hawthorne, Calif.), Will Sands (New York Soccer Club; Rye, N.Y.), Joshua Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallen, Mo.)

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