US U-17 MYNT begins 2022 with a 26-man training camp in Bradenton, Florida.

CHICAGO (January 14, 2022) – The United States Men’s National Under-17 Team will kick off its 2022 slate with a 26-player training camp at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Head Coach Gonzalo Segares will lead his second camp with U-17 MYNT from January 18 to 25.

Players born on or after January 1, 2006 are eligible for the 2022-23 U-17 MYNT cycle, culminating in the 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru. Segares called up 24 players born in 2006 and two born in 2007 – forwards Ruben Ramos Jr. (LA Galaxy) and Ezekiel Soto (Houston Dynamo FC). Many selected players participated in BioSteel YNT Regional Identification Centers over the past year – one-day training sessions bringing together top prospects in their home region.


KEEPERS (3): Fernando Delgado (Real Salt Lake; Glendale, Arizona), Nicholas Holliday (FC North Carolina; Chapel Hill, North Carolina), Diego Kochen (FC Barcelona/ESP; Miramar, Florida)

DEFENDERS (8): Brian Alanis (Houston Dynamo FC; Houston, TX), Jayson Castillo (Seattle Sounders FC; Prescott, WA), Riley Dalgado (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, CA), Christian Diaz (LAFC; San Bernardino, CA ), Tyler Hall (Inter Miami CF; Miramar, Florida), Stuart Hawkins (Seattle Sounders FC; Fox Island, Washington), Gershon Henry (Real Salt Lake; Portage, Michigan), Oscar Verhoeven (San Jose Earthquakes; Pleasant Hill , California)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Edgar Bazan (Sporting Kansas City; Overland Park, Kan.), Brian Carmona Romero (Charlotte FC; Concord, NC), Cruz Medina (San Jose Earthquakes; San Francisco, Calif.), Edwyn Mendoza (San Jose Earthquakes; San Jose , California), Luis Moreno (Houston Dynamo FC; Houston, Texas), Pedro Soma (UE Cornella/ESP; Coconut Creek, Florida), Jude Wellings (Real Salt Lake; Birmingham, Michigan)

FORWARDS (8): Fidel Barajas (San Jose Earthquakes; Sacramento, CA), Micah Burton (Austin FC; Mounds View, Minn.), Bajung Darboe (Philadelphia Union; Sun Prairie, Wisc.), Andre Gitau (Houston Dynamo FC; Richmond, Texas), Christopher Olyney Jr. (Philadelphia Union; Hillsborough, NJ), Ruben Ramos Jr. (LA Galaxy; La Puente, CA), Ezekiel Soto (Houston Dynamo FC; Menifee, CA), Luke Zielinski (Philadelphia Union ; Weston, Connecticut)

Training camp will be conducted under full US Soccer guidelines Return to game protocols. US Soccer requires all staff and players to be fully immunized in order to participate in USYNT training camps. As a leader in the sport, the health and safety of all participants is the Federation’s top priority.

After Segares was named U-17 MYNT head coach in October, the team came together for his first internship of the 2022-23 cycle in November at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, California. The team is preparing for its return to international competition after the cancellation of the 2021 Concacaf U-17 Championship and the 2021 FIFA U-17 World Cup due to the global pandemic.

Six players will take part in their first U-17 training camp cycle-goalkeeper Diego Kochen, defenders Jayson Castillo and Stuart Hawkins, midfielders Brian Carmona Romero and Pedro Soma as well as Ramos Jr. and Soto. Kochen and Soma are both based abroad in Spain at FC Barcelona and UE Cornella respectively.

Fourteen clubs are represented on the list, including 11 in Major League Soccer, with most players coming from Houston Dynamo FC and the San Jose Earthquakes (four each). While the players are aged between 14 and 16, two already have professional experience in the United Soccer League – goalkeeper Fernando Delgado became the youngest goalkeeper to appear in a professional game this summer for the Real Monarchs while that his compatriot Nicholas Holliday made five appearances. for North Carolina FC in USL League One last season.

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