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Memphis’ Pickering, Orange County’s Osundina named in U.S. U-19s squad

By Staff, 01/05/23, 8:06PM EST


Pair of forwards joined by former Loudoun United FC standout Kristian Fletcher in call-ups

Memphis 901 FC's Nighte Pickering and Orange County SC's Korede Osundina have been selected to the United States U-19 Men's National Team camp in Florida that begins this week.

CHICAGO – Memphis 901 FC’s Nighte Pickering and Orange County SC’s Korede Osundina were named on Thursday to the United States U-19 Men’s National Team squad selected by Head Coach Marko Mitrović for a training camp at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla.

Osundina retains his place in the squad having played in all five games of the U.S. U-19s undefeated 2022 calendar, with the 18-year-old set to enter his second season with Orange County SC this year. A native of Richmond, Wash., Osundina turned professional with Orange County from the Barca Residency Academy last January, and made 19 appearances for the side this season, notching two assists and 11 chances created.

Pickering joined the professional ranks this past August with 901 FC having previously been part of the FC Dallas Academy. The 17-year-old scored on his professional debut for the club with a spectacular bicycle kick finish against Hartford Athletic on August 6, and went on to notch two goals and one key pass in seven appearances as Memphis finished second in the Championship’s Eastern Conference.

The current Championship duo is joined in the forward contingent by Kristian Fletcher, who joined D.C. United’s roster on January 1 after featuring for Loudoun United FC during the 2022 season. Fletcher recorded four goals in 17 appearances for Loudoun this past campaign, while also notching his first goal in Major League Soccer against FC Cincinnati on October 9 while on a short-term loan prior to his permanent move to the club’s roster.

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