Congratulations to Bailey Sparks, Joshua Ramsey, and former Solar player Jonathan Tomkinson (Norwich City) for U-17 Men’s National Team Call Up!
CHICAGO (Nov. 8, 2019) – The 19th annual Nike International Friendlies will be held November 14-18 at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
The elite, four-team tournament will welcome back the Netherlands, Turkey to compete against two U.S. squads, the U-16 Boys’ National Team and U-17 Men’s National Team.
2019 Nike International Friendlies Schedule
Thursday, Nov. 14
Netherlands vs. U-16 BNT, 3:30 p.m. ET
Turkey vs. U-17 MNT, 6:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, Nov. 16
Netherlands vs. Turkey, 3:30 p.m. ET
U-16 BNT vs. U-17 MNT, 6:30 p.m. ET
Monday, Nov. 18
U-16 BNT vs. Turkey, 3:30 p.m. ET
U-17 MNT vs. Netherlands, 6:30 p.m. ET
The U.S. U-17 squad is made up of 2002-birth year players who did not represent the USA at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil. The other three teams will feature players born on or after Jan. 1, 2003.
For Netherlands and Turkey, the tournament will serve as preparation for the 2020 UEFA U-17 Championship, to be contested by 2003-birth year players from May 21 – June 6, 2020 in Estonia. All four teams will arrive in Florida on Nov. 11 to begin training for the tournament.
U-17 Men’s National Team Roster by Position (Club; Hometown)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Ethan Wady (Chelsea/ENG; Wake Forest, N.C.), Seth Wilson (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas)
DEFENDERS (7): Axel Alejandre (FC United; Chicago, Ill.), Antino Lopez (Seattle Sounders FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Bryson Hankins (Seattle Sounders FC; Bakersfield, Calif.), Joshua Ramsey (Solar Soccer Club; Plano, Texas), John Tolkin (New York Red Bulls; Chatham, N.J.), Jonathan Tomkinson (Norwich City/ENG; Plano, Texas), Rickson van Hees (NEC Nijmegen/NED; Oss, Netherlands)
MIDFIELDERS (4): Jacob Davis (Sporting Kansas City; Rochester, Mich.), Gilbert Fuentes (San Jose Earthquakes; Tracy, Calif.), Damian Rivera (New England Revolution; Cranston, R.I.), Pablo Soares (Bourssia Monchengladbach/GER; Krefeld, Germany)
FORWARDS (7): Sagir David Arce (Monarcas Morelia/MEX; Morelia, Mexico), Jack de Vries (Philadelphia Union; Wayne, Pa.), Jack Imperato (CD Roda/ESP; San Jose, Calif.), Noah Jones (RB Leipzig/GER; Berlin, Germany), Tucker Lepley (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), Joshua Pynadath (Ajax/NED; Los Altos Hills, Calif.), Bailey Sparks (Solar Soccer Club; Plano, Texas)
U-16 Boys’ National Team Roster by Position (Club; Hometown)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Anthony Ramos (LA Galaxy; Torrance, Calif.), Gabriel Slonina (Chicago Fire; Addison, Ill.)
DEFENDERS (7): Mauricio Cuevas (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Jonathan Gomez (FC Dallas; Keller, Texas), Noah Hall (Columbus Crew SC; Cincinnati, Ohio), Dante Huckaby (Philadelphia Union; Morgantown, W.V.), Eric Kinzner (Seattle Sounders FC; Tacoma, Wash.), Jalen Neal (LA Galaxy; Lakewood, Calif.), Casey Walls (San Jose Earthquakes; Mill Valley, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Javier Casas (Chicago Fire; Addison, Ill.), Daniel Edelman (Players Development Academy; Warren, N.J.), Sota Kitahara (Seattle Sounders FC; Edmonds, Wash.), Jack McGlynn (Philadelphia Union; Middle Village, N.Y.), Moses Nyeman (D.C. United; Riverdale, Md.)
FORWARDS (6): Patrick Bohui (Philadelphia Union; Harrisburg, Pa.), Tyler Freeman (Sporting Kansas City; Shawnee, Kan.), Alex Monis (Chicago Fire; Naperville, Ill.), Kevin Paredes (D.C. United; South Riding, Va.), Samuel Sarver (Columbus Crew SC; Beachwood, Ohio), Dante Sealy (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas)
Launched in 2001 before adopting the current format in 2008, the Nike International Friendlies were founded to provided top-level competition for the U-17 MNT and stand as one of the premier annual events on the youth soccer calendar. Seven players currently in camp with the senior MNT participated in past Nike International Friendlies: Paul Arriola, Corey Baird, Sergiño Dest, Weston McKennie, Christian Pulisic and Josh Sargent. The event has also seen international talent like Brazil’s Phillipe Coutinho, Neymar and Marcelo and England’s Jadon Sancho grace the field at Premier Sports Campus.
At the 2018 Nike International Friendlies, the U-17 MNT finished as runner-up after going undefeated vs. Portugal, Turkey and Brazil. All three games were tightly contested, as the USA took down Turkey 1-0 while drawing both Portugal and Brazil 1-1. The USA last took home the Nike Friendlies crown in 2016, downing its three opponents by a combined score of 15-2.
Both Portugal and Turkey are frequent opponents for the U.S. at the Nike Friendlies. The two countries have appeared at the tournament five of 11 times international competition has been included, tied for the second-most all-time behind Brazil.
News Source: https://www.soccerwire.com/news/u-s-u-16-boys-and-u-17-mens-national-team-rosters-set-for-nike-international-friendlies/