U-17 USMNT starts 2022 with a 26-player training camp at IMG Academy


CHICAGO – The US U17 men’s national youth team kicks off its 2022 program with a 26-player training camp at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. head coach Gonzalo Segares will lead his second camp with the U-17 MYNT from January 18th to 25th.

Players born on or after January 1, 2006 are age eligible for the 2022-23 U-17 MYNT cycle, culminating in the 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru. Segares has called up 24 players born in 2006 and two forwards born in 2007 Ruben Ramos Jr. (LA Galaxy) and Ezekiel Soto (Houston Dynamo F.C.). Many of the selected players took part BioSteel YNT Regional Identification Centers last year — one-day training sessions that bring together top prospects in their home regions.


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

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

MIDFELD (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, Calif ), Luis Moreno (Houston Dynamo FC; Houston, Texas), Pedro Soma (UE Cornella/ESP; Coconut Creek, Florida), Jude Wellings (Real Salt Lake; Birmingham, Mich.)

Forwards (8): Fidel Barajas (San Jose Earthquakes; Sacramento, Calif.), 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, California), Ezekiel Soto (Houston Dynamo FC; Menifee, California), Luke Zielinski (Philadelphia Union; Weston, Conn.)

The training camp will be held in accordance with US Soccer’s comprehensive regulations Back to play logs. US Soccer requires all staff and players to be fully vaccinated to attend USYNT training camps. As a leader in sport, the health and safety of all participants is a top priority for the federation.

After Segares was named MYNT U-17 head coach in October, the team rallied to his first training camp 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 2021 Concacaf U-17 Championship and the 2021 FIFA U-17 World Cup were canceled due to the global pandemic.

Six players will take part in their first U-17 cycling goalie training camp Diego cooking, defender Jayson Castillo and Stuart Hawkin, Midfield player Brian Carmona Romero and Pedro Soma as well as Ramos Jr. and Soto. Cooking and Soma are both based abroad in Spain at FC Barcelona and UE Cornella respectively.

Fourteen clubs are represented in the roster, including eleven in Major League Soccer, with most players coming from Houston Dynamo FC and the San Jose Earthquakes (four each). While the players are between 14 and 16 years old, two have prior experience in the United Soccer League – goalkeeping Fernando Delgado became the youngest goaltender to appear in a professional game for the Real Monarchs that summer while he was his fellow goaltender Nicholas holiday played five games for North Carolina FC in USL League One last season.


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