Josh Sargent, newly committed to Bundesliga club Werder Bremen, leads coach John Hackworth’s 21 player squad set to contest the U17 World Cup beginning next month in India.
Sargent and Hackworth led an exciting U.S. team to a second place finish behind Mexico in the CONCACAF Championships this spring with the Young Yanks falling on penalty kicks in the final and while the flame-haired Sargent earned most of the plaudits, several Americans stood out with goalkeeper Justin Garces taking home the Golden Glove as one of five Americans to earn a place on the tournament’s Best 11. Garces was joined by Sargent, fullback Jaylin Lindsey, central defender James Sands, and midfielder Chris Durkin.
Forwards Andrew Carleton and Tim Weah also caught the eye at the regional championship and scouts will no doubt be watching that pair among others this October when the world’s top youth prospects get together in India.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alex Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos (S.L. Benfica; Philadelphia, Penn.), Justin Garces (Atlanta United FC; Miami, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (6): Sergiño Dest (Ajax; Almere-stad, Netherlands), Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), James Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Tyler Shaver (New York City FC; Greenwich, Conn.), Akil Watts (Portland Timbers, Fort Wayne, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): George Acosta (North Carolina FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake; Eden, Utah), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Soccer Club; Southlake, Texas), Chris Goslin (Atlanta United FC; Locust Grove, Ga.), Indiana Vassilev (Unattached; Savannah, Ga.)
FORWARDS (6): Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton Ont.), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Jacobo Reyes (C.F. Monterrey; Houston, Texas), Bryan Reynolds (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Texas), Joshua Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallon, Mo.), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain F.C., Rosedale, N.Y.)