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Bulls Abroad: USA U-17s finish second in Montverde Academy Soccer Tournament

RBNY Academy prospect Chris Gloster has been keeping busy.

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The USA U-20 Men's National Team is this close to naming a squad for February's CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Jostling for a place on that roster are two player with RBNY connections: fully-fledged member of the New York Red Bulls' MLS squad, Tyler Adams, and RBNY Academy product Marcello Borges. Both are in the latest USA U-20 training camp, and both should learn if they have a ticket to Costa Rica in the near future (if they don't already know: youth international soccer does a lot of its work out of sight of the public).

The USA U-17 Men's National Team also has a CONCACAF Championship to play for this year, and the opportunity to qualify for a U-17 World Cup (just as the U-20s are hoping to get to the 2017 U-20 World Cup). But the regional tournament doesn't start until April (in Panama).

The U-17s aren't sitting idle. With a residency program providing players who need to be doing something, the team has spent the last few weeks participating playing club sides in Florida-based tournaments (the U-17 residency is based in Bradenton, Fla, at the IMG Academy).

RBNY Academy prospect Chris Gloster is a member of the current U-17 residency program and a regular member of the USA U-17s' squads and starting lineups. He is also the youngest American to have started a game in USL, making his debut for New York Red Bulls II last season.

Gloster has been a regular participant in the U-17s latest outings. In December, the team (and Gloster) played in the IMG Academy Cup - Boys Invitational Super Group, finishing third on the back of three wins and a loss to Tottenham Hotspur's U-18s.

Most recently, the team has been playing in the International Bracket of the Montverde Academy Soccer Tournament. Again, Gloster was part of the squad that finished second to SIMA (Soccer Institute at Montverde Academy) after two ties (with SIMA and Flamengo) and a win over Feyenoord.

Gloster seems a pretty good bet to be involved in the major international U-17 tournaments ahead, but there are still a few months before that decision needs to be made. For now, looks simply to be a regular part of U-17 team that basically never stops playing.