USA U-20 Men Heading To Spain – As The U-17’s Depart Finishing Runners Up
USA U-20 Men Heading To Spain – As The U-17’s Depart Finishing Runners Up avatar

For the second year in a row the United States Men’s U17 team finished as runners up in the AGS Cup, in Alicante, Spain. This year’s Richie Williams led squad tied with Mexico 1-1 on Saturday, with the result enough to clinch the championship for Mexico. A U.S. victory would have given the Yanks the the title, but the draw forced them to settle for second.

USA U-17’s line up at the 2011 World cup in Mexico. (Getty Images)

The AGS is run on a total points system, without a true final. The American’s opened the week long tournament with a 2-1 victory against Morocco on September 29th, followed a day later by a 2-0 win over the United Arab Emirates. William’s side then struggled to a 1-0 loss versus Azerbaijan on October 2, before rebounding to top Canada 2-1, two days later. The tie against arch rivals Mexico saw the Americans finish the five game tournament with a record of 3-1-1.

This is the roster that represented the United States in the AGS Cup in Spain.

U-17 MNT Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Jeff Caldwell (NC Fusion; Todd, N.C.), Evan Louro (New York Red Bulls; South River, N.J.)

DEFENDERS (7): Adonis Amaya (Chivas USA; Westminster, Calif.), Bryce Cregan (PA Classics; Dallastown, Pa.), Conor Donovan (NC Alliance; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Elijah Martin (Cal Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Jorge Miranda (LA Galaxy; Van Nuys, Calif.), Peter Schropp (Omaha FC; Omaha, Neb.), Tyler Turner (South Central Premier; West Haven, Conn.)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Junior Flores (McLean Youth Soccer; Manassas Park, Va.), Angel Heredia (San Jose Earthquakes; San Jose, Calif.), Christopher Lema (New York Red Bulls; Ridgefield, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Cobb FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Rolando Muñoz (LA Galaxy; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Ben Swanson (Crew Soccer Academy; Grove City, Ohio)

FORWARDS (5): Bradford Jamieson (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Rubio Rubin (Portland Timbers; Beaverton, Ore.), Ahinga Selemani (CSA Wolves; Ann Arbor, Mich.), Wesley Wade (New York Red Bulls; South Orange, N.J.), Alan Winn (Solar Chelsea FC; Garland, Texas)


The United States U20 team coached by former American great Tab Ramos is also playing a tournament in Spain this month, the four team Marbella Cup. The U.S. will face Canada, Scotland and Azerbaijan in the tournament that gets underway for the U.S. with an October 10 (11 am Eastern time) match up versus neighbors Canada, and runs through October 17th.

Luis Gil already showing promise. (Getty Images)

Already in his third MLS season midfielder Luis Gil has been a regular contributor to Real Salt Lake the last two years, while Jose Villarreal has played in nine games for the Galaxy in 2012, Jonathan Top has featured four times for FC Dallas, while Irish born Shane O’Neill recently debuted for the Colorado Rapids.

Marc Pelosi (R) will hope he can make an impression. (Getty Images)

Center back Will Packwood made the jump to first team soccer at Birmingham City this season, in the English Championship, and Liverpools Marc Pelosi, the former US U17 captain, will look to impress Ramos.

Ramos will also have German based professionals Jerome Kiesewetter, VFB Stuttgart, and Anthony Brooks, Hertha Berlin, available. Mexico’s Liga MX is also represented. Benji Joya and Daniel Cuevas are teammates at Santos Laguna, Herculez Gomez’ club, where Joya recently made his senior team debut.

The United States follow that Canada game with matches against Scotland on Friday, October 12 (9:30 am ET), and Azerbaijan, on Tuesday October 16 (11am ET).

These players need to be pushing for places in the full national team in the not too distant future, so tournaments like these two bare watching.

U.S. Under-20 MNT Roster By Position:                             

GOALKEEPERS (2): Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Zackary Steffen (FC Delco Academy; Downington, Pa.).

DEFENDERS (7): Anthony Brooks (Hertha BSC; Berlin, Germany), Eric Miller (Creighton; Woodbury, Minn.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (UANL Tigres; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (North Carolina; Edmund, Okla.), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), William Packwood (Birmingham City FC; Concord, Mass.), Walker Zimmerman (Furman; Lawrenceville, Ga.).

MIDFIELDERS (5): Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), Mikey Lopez (North Carolina; Mission, Tex.), Marc Pelosi (Liverpool FC; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg; Holly, Mich.).

FORWARDS (5): Daniel Cuevas (Santos Laguna; Sacramento, Calif.), Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart; Berlin, Germany), Mario Rodriguez (1. FC Kaiserslautern; North Hollywood, Calif.), Jonathan Top (FC Dallas; Fort Worth, Tex.), Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)

About Peter Nolan

Peter Nolan is a staff writer for the GotSoccer Magazine, covering MLS and other US leagues, He's GotSoccer's chief National Team Correspondent.
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