Andrew Carleton - US Under-17 national team - December 2, 2015
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DC's Durkin, Atlanta's Carleton among 11 with MLS ties called to US U-17s

Eleven players with MLS ties have been called to the US Under-17 national team for the upcoming Torneo de Naciones in Mexico City.

D.C. United defender Chris Durkin, Atlanta United attacker Andrew Carleton and nine players in MLS academies were named to John Hackworth’s 20-man squad for the tournament. The US will play three games at the competition, facing Portugal on Thursday, Qatar on Friday and Mexico on Aug. 28.

In addition to Carleton, Atlanta United, who will join MLS next year, had three academy players named to the roster. The LA Galaxy had a pair of academy defenders called up, while the New York Red Bulls, Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers and Toronto FC all had one player named to the squad.

All 20 players were with the U-17s for their recent camp in Utah, playing friendlies against Real Salt Lake’s USL club Real Monarachs and Utah Valley University.