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Global Jul 28, 2015

U.S. U-18 MNT roster named for Open Nordic Cup in Sweden

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CHICAGO (Via U.S. Soccer) – U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Javier Perez has named a 19-man roster that will head to Sweden for the 2015 Open Nordic Cup from July 30-Aug. 10.

The U-18 MNT will begin play on Tuesday, Aug. 4, when its faces Faroe Islands in Mallbaken. It will then travel to Karlstad to continue its run one day later against Iceland on Wednesday, Aug. 5, and will look to wrap up group play on Friday, Aug. 7 against Sweden. The opponent for a final placement game to be played on Sunday, Aug. 9, will be determined following the conclusion of the three group matches.

The trip will kick off a new cycle for this crop of players at the U-18 age group. All 19 players on the roster were born in 1999, making this their first camp as the new U-18 MNT. The players on the roster had been previously competing with the U-15 and U-16 National Teams.

The roster includes players from 11 states. California has the most representatives with five on the squad. All 19 have ties to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif.) Brady Scott (De Anza Force; Petaluma, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (5): Jordi Avila (Kendall SC; Hialeah Gardens, Fla.), Calvin Aroh (New England Revolution; Glastonbury, Conn.), Daniel Jones (New England Revolution; West Hartford, Conn.), Aedan Stanley (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; Columbia, Ill.), Carson Vom Steeg (Real So Cal; Santa Barbara, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Raul Aguilera, Jr. (Orlando City; Sanford, Fla.), Jose Carranza (DC United; Manassas, Va.), Jonathan Gonzalez (C.F. Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif), Gabriel Paniagua (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.), Nick Taitague (Richmond Strikers Academy; Midlothian, Va.), Juan Torres (Georgia United; Lilburn, Ga.)
FORWARDS (6): Andrew Carleton (Georgia United; Powder Springs, Ga.), Lucas Del Rosario (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Griffin Dorsey (Colorado Rush; Evergreen, Col.), Wilson Harris (Real So Cal; Encino, Calif.), Justin Rennicks (New England Revolution; Boston, Mass.), Aristotle Zarris (RSL Arizona; Casa Grande, Az.)

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