The US U-20 Men's National Team is currently confounding expectations in the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
When the U-20s have finished their work in Costa Rica, the regional youth soccer spotlight will turn its attention to the U-17 age group. In April, the CONCACAF U-17 Championship will kick off in Panama, with 12 teams chasing four places at the 2017 U-17 World Cup.
There are still several weeks to go before squads need to be named for the U-17 Championship, and head coach John Hackworth continues to explore his options with a steady stream of friendlies. The latest announcement out of the US U-17 camp is that the team is in Honduras for a training camp that includes two games against the local U-17s.
Twenty-six players have been called up for the trip to Honduras, including New York Red Bulls Academy prospect, Chris Gloster - a regular for the U-17s during the current World Cup cycle.
GOALKEEPERS: Alexander Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Justin Garces (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.), Quantrell Jones (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore, Md.)
DEFENDERS: Carlos Asensio (Atlanta United; Roswell, Ga.), Ethan Bartlow (Crossfire Premier, Woodinville, Wash.), Jean-Julien Foe Nuphaus (Unattached, San Jose, Calif.), Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), Rayshaun McGann (Philadelphia Union; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), James Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS: George Acosta (Weston FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Isaac Angking (New England Revolution; Providence, R.I.), Grayson Barber (Sporting Kansas City; Blythewood, S.C.), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake AZ; Eden, Utah), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Christopher Goslin (Atlanta United; Locust Grove, Ga.), Indiana Vassilev (IMG Academy; Savannah, Ga.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.), Akil Watts (IMG Academy; Fort Wayne, Ind.)
FORWARDS: Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Nicolas Garcia-Morillo (Atletico Madrid; Madrid, Spain), 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.)
The US U-17s are scheduled to play Honduras U-17s on February 27 and March 2. The camp ends on March 3.