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Young USL Standouts Selected in U.S. U20, U19 Squads

By Staff, 09/05/18, 3:09PM EDT


14 players called up for four-team tournament at IMG Academy, also includes Jamaica, Venezuela

U.S. U20 international Sam Vines has made 24 appearances this season for the Charlotte Independence on loan from the Colorado Rapids. | Photo courtesy Charlotte Independence

TAMPA, Fla. – Fourteen players who have featured this season and previously in the USL will head to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida this week as members of the United States U20 and U19 National Team squads selected for the 2018 U-20 Men’s Invitational tournament that kicks off on Friday at the world-class facility. Jamaica and Venezuela will also be part of the round-robin tournament that concludes next Tuesday.

Ten players with USL experience were named to the U.S. U20 National Team, including current Charlotte Independence defender Sam Vines, ATL UTD 2 midfielder Andrew Carleton and Tulsa Roughnecks midfielder Brandon Servania, all of whom have featured throughout the current season. Vines has made 24 appearances racking up almost 2,000 minutes of action on the back line for the Independence this season on loan from the Colorado Rapids, while Servania has logged more than 1,000 minutes for the Roughnecks on loan from FC Dallas.

United States U20 international Brandon Servania has featured regularly this season for Tulsa Roughnecks FC, logging more than 1,000 minutes on loan from FC Dallas. | Photo courtesy Steven Christy / OKC Energy FC

Other notable names on the U20 squad include Seattle Sounders FC 2’s Sam Rogers, who has logged more than 3,000 minutes of action in the league and was named as the No. 5 player in the 2017 USL 20 Under 20, and Toronto FC II’s Ayo Akinola, who received his first call-up to the U20 National Team having recorded six goals in 20 appearances all-time for TFC II.

The U.S. U19 squad also includes four players with USL experience including ATL UTD 2 midfielder Chris Goslin, who has made 15 appearances in the league since his debut a season ago on loan with the Charleston Battery, and the LA Galaxy II’s Ulysses Llanez Jr., who has recorded two goals and eight key passes in 10 appearance this season among stints on international duty.

Also set to be on hand at IMG Academy is the New York Red Bulls II’s Christian Casseres Jr., who has recorded three goals and two assists in 22 appearances this season for the club and last Wednesday made his MLS debut in New York’s 1-0 victory against the Houston Dynamo.

2018 U-20 Men’s Invitational
IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.
Friday, Sept. 7

U.S. U-19 MNT vs. Venezuela, 11 a.m.
U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Jamaica, 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 9
Venezuela vs. Jamaica, 11 a.m.
U.S. U-20 MNT vs. U.S. U-19 MNT, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 11
U.S. U-19 MNT vs. Jamaica, 11 a.m.
U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Venezuela, 4:30 p.m.

U.S. U19 Men's National Team
GOALKEEPERS (2): Sam Fowler (Seattle Sounders FC; Issaquah, Wash.)
, Johan Penaranda (University of Pittsburgh; Long Beach, N.Y.)

DEFENDERS (6): Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy; Lompoc, Calif.), Khai Brisco (Seattle Sounders FC; Renton, Wash.), Jean-Julien Foe Nuphaus (University of California, Berkeley; San Jose, Calif.), Nathan Harriel (Chargers SC; Oldsmar, Fla.), Carlo Ritaccio (University of Akron; Westbury, N.Y.), Akil Watts (Unattached; Fort Wayne, Ind.)

MIDFIELDERS (5): Isaac Angking (New England Revolution; Providence, R.I.), Taylor Booth (Unattached; Eden, Utah), Blaine Ferri (Unattached; Southlake, Texas), Chris Goslin (Atlanta United FC; Atlanta, Ga.), Declan McGlynn (Seattle University; Kirkland, Wash.)

FORWARDS (6): George Acosta (Boca Juniors; Miami, Fla.), Ulysses Llanez (LA Galaxy; Lynwood, Calif.), Joshua Penn (Sockers FC; Naperville, Ill.), Jacobo Reyes (CF Monterrey; Monterrey, Mexico), Bryan Reynolds (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Manuel Terrazas (Club Santos Laguna; El Paso, Texas)

U.S. U20 Men's National Team
CJ Dos Santos (S.L. Benfica; Philadelphia, Pa.),  Brady Scott (FC Köln; Petaluma, Calif.)

DEFENDERS (8): Sergino Dest (AFC Ajax; Almere-Stad, Netherlands), Chris Gloster (Hannover 96; South Orange, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting KC; Charlotte, N.C.), Lennard Maloney (Union Berlin; Berlin, Germany), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; Bear, Del.), Manny Perez (N.C. State University; Garner, N.C.), Chris Richards (Bayern Munich; Hoover, Ala.), Sam Rogers (Seattle Sounds FC; Seattle, Wash.), Sam Vines (Charlotte Independence, Charlotte, N.C.)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Frankie Amaya (UCLA; Santa Ana, Calif.), Christian Cappis (Unattached; Katy, Texas), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Andres Jimenez (Envigado FC; Miami, Fla.), Alex Mendez (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas; Highland Village, Texas), Brandon Servania (FC Dallas; Birmingham, Ala.), Juan Torres (K.S.C. Lokeren; Lilburn, Ga.)

FORWARDS (4): Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC; Detroit, Mich.), Shaft Brewer Jr. (LAFC; Sacramento, Calif.), Griffin Dorsey (Indiana University; Evergreen, Col.), Sebastian Soto (Hannover 96; San Diego, Calif.)

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