Louisville City FC's Joshua Wynder (center), and Orange County SC's Kobi Henry (left) and Korede Osundina (right) have been named in the United States U-19 Men's National Team squad to compete in the Marbella Friendlies in June.
CHICAGO – Young USL Championship standouts Joshua Wynder of Louisville City FC, and Kobi Henry and Korede Osundina of Orange County SC have been selected in the United States U-19 Men’s National Team announced on Friday that will compete in the Marbella Friendlies early next month.
The trio is joined by Loudoun United FC’s Kristian Fletcher, who earns his first call-up by Head Coach Marko Mitrović in this cycle after recently making his USL Championship debut against Detroit City FC on May 14.
The United States will face England on June 6 and Norway on June 9 as part of the event, with kickoff scheduled for 12 p.m. ET at the Marbella Football Center’s Dama de Noche pitches.
Louisville City FC's Joshua Wynder has been a regular in the side's starting lineup in the USL Championship this season, starring as one of the top young players in the league. | Photo courtesy Em-Dash Photography / Louisville City FC
Wynder has established himself as one of the top young players in the USL Championship so far this season at LouCity, making nine appearances at center back for the perennial title contender so far this campaign. The 17-year-old is a Louisville native and signed professionally last year with the club’s First Team after coming through its Academy system. Wynder has recorded 16 clearances, 15 interceptions and five blocked shots this season while completing 84.5 percent of his passes as he returns to the U-19s for a second consecutive camp.
“I'm honored to receive another call up," said Wynder. “It'll be great to get experience playing against other national teams. I hope to continue doing my thing and represent the club well.”
Orange County SC's Kobi Henry (left) and Korede Osundina will unite for the United States U-19s Men's National Team next month after competing alongside each other this USL Championship season. | Photo courtesy Liza Rosales / Orange County SC
Henry joins the squad having previously competed for the United States U-20 Men’s National Team while having helped Orange County lift the 2021 USL Championship title. The center back was called up by the United States Men’s National Team last December ahead of its international exhibition against Bosnia and Herzegovina, while this season he has recorded five appearances in the league, making 16 clearances and six interceptions.
Osundina arrived at defending USL Championship title winners Orange County SC this past offseason, turning pro with the club after previously coming through the Barca AZ Academy. The 18-year-old native of Illinois has made seven league appearances this season for Orange County and has notched two chances created while posting a 70% passing accuracy rate in his first season in the professional ranks.
First-time United States U-19 Men's National Team selection Kristian Fletcher made his debut in the USL Championship this month for Loudoun United FC. | Photo courtesy Loudoun United FC
Fletcher recently made his debut for Loudoun against Detroit City FC this month and has made two appearances in the Championship overall after also appearing in United’s home contest against Memphis 901 FC last Sunday. A product of Bethesda Academy, Fletcher is a USL Academy signing for Loudoun this season.
UNITED STATES U-19 MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM - MARBELLA FRIENDLIES
GOALKEEPERS (2): Gavin Beavers (Real Salt Lake; Henderson, Nev.), Emmanuel Ochoa (San Jose Earthquakes; Salinas, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (5): Alexander Freeman (Orlando City SC; Plantation, Fla.), Kobi Henry (Orange County SC; Lake Forest, Calif.), Nolan Norris (FC Dallas; Celina, Texas), Mateo Pinilla (Houston Dynamo FC, Houston, Texas); Thomas Williams (Orlando City SC; Titusville, Fla.), Joshua Wynder (Louisville City FC, Louisville, Ky.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Reed Baker-Whiting (Seattle Sounders; Seattle, Wash.), Juan Castilla Lozano (Houston Dynamo FC; Houston, Texas), Benjamin Cremaschi (Inter Miami CF; Miami, Fla.), Favian Loyola (Orlando City SC; Orlando, Fla.), Bryan Moyado (LAFC; La Puente, Calif.), Sergio Oregel Jr (Chicago Fire FC; Chicago, Ill.), Brooklyn Raines (Houston Dynamo FC; Maricopa, Ariz.), Owen Wolff (Austin FC; Snellville, Ga.)
FORWARDS (4): Kristian Fletcher (Loudoun United; Mitchellville, Md.), Rodrigo Neri (Atletico Madrid B; Madrid, Spain), Korede Osundina (Orange County SC; Lake Forest, Calif.), Marcos Zambrano (Philadelphia Union; Gladwyne, Pa.)