13 MLS Academy players highlight US Under-18 roster for tournament in Czech Republic
Two recent MLS Homegrown signings will have a chance to show their skills on the international level over the next couple of weeks.
Coy Craft and Sebastian Saucedo, who recently signed Homegrown contracts with FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake, respectively, will be two of the players that will represent the US Under-18 national team in the 21st International Tournament of Vaclav Jezek in the Czech Republic.
Head coach Javier Perez called up 20 players for the tournament, which will take place from August 14-24, according to a release from US Soccer on Wednesday.
The roster includes 13 players who are either currently in MLS academies or are graduates of academies. Two other notable inclusions are Jonathan Klinsmann (pictured above), USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann's son, and Cameron Carter-Vickers, who is currently part of Tottenham's U-18 squad. The youngest player on the squad, Haji Wright, was previously a member of LA Galaxy's academy.
15 players return from the squad that last saw action at the Lisbon International Tournament and had a foreign training camp in Portugal from May 31-June 11.
Here is the complete US U-18 roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (Irvine Strikers; Newport Beach, Calif.), J.T. Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes; Alamo, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham; Westcliff on Sea, Essex), Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls; Brooklyn, N.Y.), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake AZ; Tucson, Ariz.), Malcolm Jones (LA Galaxy; Chino Hills, Calif.), Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf; San Diego), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Mukwelle Akale (Unattached; Minneapolis), Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire; Downers Grove, Ill.), Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire; Carmel, Ind.), Jorge Ruiz (LA Galaxy; Mission Hills, Calif.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake AZ; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Ben Swanson (Crew Soccer Academy; Grove City, Ohio), Sean Wilson (Philadelphia Union; West Chester, Pa.), Jackson Yueill (Minnesota Thunder; Bloomington, Minn.)
FORWARDS (4): Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Sebastian Elney (Boca United; Boca Raton, Fla.), Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders FC; Des Moines, Wash.), Haji Wright (Unattached; Los Angeles)