U-17 MNT Head Coach John Hackworth Invites 32 Players to 2017 Spring Residency 
Residency Program Roster Features 28 Returning Players From 2016 Fall Semester;U-17 MNT Fully Focused on Qualifying for 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup
BRADENTON, Fla. (Jan. 31, 2017) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach JohnHackworth has named a 32-player roster for the 2017 Spring Semester of the U.S. SoccerResidency Program in Bradenton, Florida.The 2017 Spring Semester roster features 28 players who were in Residency last fall. Out ofthose 28 returning players, 14 were members of the roster that claimed the 2016 NikeFriendlies title in early December. The group also includes 29 players currently registered withDevelopment Academy clubs and 30 in all with ties to the Academy.Incoming players include center backs Ethan Bartlow and Tyler Shaver, midfielder GreysonBarber, and goalkeeper David Ochoa. While new to the Residency program, these players areno strangers to the U-17 MNT.“These were strategic additions based on what we felt we needed on the depth chart at eachposition,” Hackworth said. “They’ve earned that invite through their performances in theDevelopment Academy and their opportunities with us last fall. We’re excited to have them andsee if they can push for a spot on that qualifying roster.”Notable departures from the 2016 fall semester roster include midfielders Chris Goslin andChris Durkin, who were signed by MLS clubs Atlanta United and D.C. United, respectively, ashomegrown players.Hackworth noted that, “Those two players are no longer in Residency because they are tryingto make their first teams in preseason. They play in MLS clubs, they’re pros and they’ve madethat next step in their career.  We’ll bring them back in with us for certain events and obviouslytry to include them in our qualifying roster, but right now, they are onto bigger and betterthings.”The U-17 MNT now looks ahead to an eventful year, with the U-17 World Cup qualifyingtournament set to take place from April 14-May 8 in Panama. While the main objective of theResidency Program continues to be player development, the emphasis will shift to building ateam that is capable of qualifying for the World Cup.“Our feeling is that we’ve balanced our roster, in particular by adding two quality center backsthat can compete for those starting positions and roster spots. This is the group that we wantto train and prepare for the base of our qualifying roster.”
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Alexander Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Justin Garces (KendallSC; Miami, Fla.), Quantrell Jones (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore, Md.), David Ochoa (Real Salt LakeAZ; Casa Grande, AZ.)DEFENDERS (11): Carlos Asensio (Atlanta United; Roswell, Ga.), Ethan Bartlow (CrossfirePremier; Woodinville, Wash.), Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), JaylinLindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), Carlo Ritaccio (BW Gottschee; Westbury, N.Y.),James Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Tyler Shaver (Beachside SC; Greenwich, Conn.),Nicholas Slonina (Chicago Fire; Addison, Ill.), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma,Calif.), Chandler Vaughn (D.C. United; Woodbridge, Va.), Tristan Weber (Unattached; SanClemente, Calif.)MIDFIELDERS (9): George Acosta (Weston FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Isaac Angking (New EnglandRevolution; Providence, R.I.), Grayson Barber (Sporting Kansas City; Blythewood, S.C.), TaylorBooth (Real Salt Lake AZ; Eden, Utah), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), MarceloPalomino (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas), Indiana Vassilev (IMG Academy; Savannah, Ga.),Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.), Akil Watts (IMG Academy; Fort Wayne,Ind.)FORWARDS (8): Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Matthew Hundley (Real Colorado;Littleton, Colo.), Zyen Jones (Atlanta United; Clarkston, Ga.), Alejandro Pereira (Orlando City FC;Oveido, Fla.), Bryan Reynolds Jr. (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Texas), William Sands (New York City FC;Rye, N.Y.), Joshua Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallen, Mo.), Tonny Temple (IMGAcademy; Millville, Pa.)