CHICAGO (August 5, 2015) – U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team head coach John Hackworth has named a 20-player squad for the U-15’s third international trip of 2015, to be held from Aug. 11-20 in England.
While in camp, the team will play a pair of friendly matches against England on Aug. 16 and 19. Sixteen players from this group have ties to U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy.
"At the moment England is trying to do a lot of the same things that we are," Hackworth said. “Now we’ll go there and there will be a buzz about soccer and the new season starting and at the same time we’ll be at [the FA’s] national training center, and I think both coaching staffs are very much of the mindset that these friendlies are an opportunity to build on the player development principles while doing it against a similar opponent.”
The U-15’s were in Argentina their last time out, where they narrowly lost matches to South American powers Uruguay, 1-0, Argentina, 1-2, and Paraguay, 3-1. Prior to that trip south of the equator, the U-15s were the victors of the prestigious Tournament delle Nazioni in Gradisca d’Isonzo, Italy, which was played April 25-May 1, where the team defeated Austria 3-2 in the championship match to claim the tournament title for the first time in U.S. YNT program history.
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Alexander Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Hunter Pinho (PDA; Cranford, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (7): Jake Arteaga (LA Galaxy, Glendora, Calif.), Carlos Asensio (Georgia United, Roswell, Ga.), Kelee Cornfield-Saunders (LA Galaxy; San Marcos, Calif.), Rayshaun McGann (Philadelphia Union; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Bryan Perez (LA Premier FC; Los Angeles, Calif.), Nykolas Sessock (Philadelphia Union; Holland, Pa.), Tyler Shaver (Beachside SC; Riverside, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union; Medford, N.J.), George Acosta (Estudiantes de La Plata; Miami, Fla.), Carlos Anguiano Diaz (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Christopher Durkin (Richmond United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.)
FORWARDS (5): Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Niccolo Lemoine (De Anza Force; Pleasanton, Calif.), Will Sands (New York Soccer Club; Rye, N.Y.), Joshua Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallen, Mo.), Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.; Rosedale, N.Y.)