U.S. Soccer has named more than 150 players to the rosters of a host of men’s national teams ranging in age from U-16 to U-20.
Led by Tab Ramos, U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director, the players will take part in the first ever Youth National Team Summit Camp, which will run from January 2-11 in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.
Among the 153 players heading to the Sunshine state are several from Long Island and the New York Metropolitan Area with connections to local academies including those run the New York City FC and New York Red Bulls.
Among the locals on the U-20 team are defender James Sands of Rye (New York City FC) and forward Nebiyou Perry of New York City (AIK Fotboll).
The U-19 team includes goalkeeper Johan Penaranda of Long Beach (New York City FC) while the U-18 team includes midfielder Owen Otasowie of New York City (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC).
The U-17 squad includes three locals, defenders Amir Daley of Elmont (New York Red Bulls), Tayvon Gray of the Bronx (New York City FC) and Joseph Scally of Lake Grove (New York City FC). The U-16 team features midfielder Jack McGlynn of Middle Village (BW Gottschee Academy).
According to U.S. Soccer, with the start of the 2018-2019 player cycle beginning January 1, the Summit will focus on integration between players, coaches and staff from the five oldest Youth National Teams while also laying the foundational elements for qualifying the U.S. for the 2019 FIFA U-20 and U-17 World Cups.
“I am looking forward to building on the success our Youth National Teams had over the last two cycles (2014-2015 and 2016-2017),” Ramos said. “This first-ever Men’s YNT Summit Camp provides all of our teams the opportunity to team build and to continue the development of our style of play in one location together.”