U-18 USMNT coach Perez selects 20-man roster for Czech Republic tournament

Tab Ramos Javier Perez

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For the third time this calendar year, the Under-18 U.S. Men’s National Team are flying across the pond for another European tournament.

U-18 head coach Javier Perez has picked a strong 20-man squad for the 21st International Tournament of Vaclav Jezek, taking place from Aug. 14-24 in the Czech Republic. The squad features the likes of recent Homegrown Player signings Sebastian Saucedo of RSL and Coy Craft of FC Dallas, as well as Jurgen Klinsmann’s son, goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann. 

The squad also features U-18 regulars Mukwalle Akale, Malcolm Jones, Ben Swanson, and Sebastian Elney.

There’s a couple of new members in the team of note. One is Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers, the only foreign-based member in the squad, and U-17 USMNT standout Haji Wright earns his first U-18 call-up after a strong run in the Copa Mexico de Naciones in early August. 

The upcoming tournament is the third European tournament that the U-18s are taking part in this year. The U-18s competed in the Copa Del Atlantico last February and the Lisbon International Tournament last June.

Here’s a look at the U-18 USMNT squad:


GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (Irvine Strikers; Newport Beach, Calif.), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes; Alamo, Calif.)

DEFENDERS (6): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham; Westcliff on Sea, Essex), Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls; Brooklyn, N.Y.), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake AZ; Tucson, Ariz.), Malcolm Jones (LA Galaxy; Chino Hills, Calif.), Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Mukwelle Akale (Unattached; Minneapolis, Minn.), Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire; Downers Grove, Ill.), Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire; Carmel, Ind.), Jorge Ruiz (LA Galaxy; Mission Hills, Calif.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake AZ; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Ben Swanson (Crew Soccer Academy; Grove City, Ohio), Sean Wilson (Philadelphia Union; West Chester, Pa.), Jackson Yueill (Minnesota Thunder; Bloomington, Minn.)

FORWARDS (4): Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Sebastian Elney (Boca United; Boca Raton, Fla.), Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders FC; Des Moines, Wash.), Haji Wright (Unattached; Los Angeles, Calif.)

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13 Responses to U-18 USMNT coach Perez selects 20-man roster for Czech Republic tournament

  1. Shawn says:

    Cameron Carter-Vickers. a new discovery

  2. Elber Galarga says:

    Wasn’t Haji with the Galaxy?

  3. David K says:

    Haji Wright is unattached now? Is he no longer affiliated with LA galaxy?

  4. joe says:

    Ben Swanson!! Ron Swanson’s son, err i mean…

  5. kevino says:

    Galaxy need to dump Villarreal and use the HG slit on Hajj.

  6. bottlcaps says:

    Unlike Pulisic, who signed with Dortmund, a pro-contract, as he has a European Passport and can sign as an under 18, Wright, to my knowledge does not have one, and cannot generally sign a pro-contract until he is 18 (younger in some countries) He can, however, join a youth team or an academy team as an amateur, The rumor was that was to sign with Schalke 04, however several other big Euro teams have an interest. Being independent of the LA Galaxy youth team would encourage contacts from other foreign teams, who generally would not “poach” youth players in other academies, but still would not preclude a homegrown contract from the Galaxy as his playing time with the LAG youth academy would qualify him for a LAG Homegrown contract.

  7. dave says:

    What about Dembakwi Yomba, now with Athletico Madrid?