United Soccer Coaches (formerly the NSCAA) announced on Monday the association’s Youth All-Region and Youth All-America Teams, headlined by the 2017 Youth Players of the Year. St. Louis Scott Gallagher’s Josh Sargent named United Soccer Coaches Youth Player of the Year for 2017 and Real Colorado’s Jaelin Howell (Windsor, Colo.) receives recognition as the 2017 United Soccer Coaches Youth Girls Player of the Year. Both players received their first call-ups to the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams this year at the age of 17.
Sargent was named a Youth All-American in 2016, the first year of the award, along with teammate Aedan Stanley who is also a repeat winner this year. They are joined by Jack Maher on the All-American List. He has indicated that he plans to sign with Werder Bremen of the Bundesliga in February when he turns 18, the earliest possible time he can do that. He has an agent and Werder Bremen have promoted the fact that he will sign with them. He is in Germany now with his family, preparing for the move.
— SV Werder Bremen EN (@werderbremen_en) November 19, 2017
The duo are among a total of 99 players (49 boys, 50 girls) honored as United Soccer Coaches Youth All-Americans. These players, along with their families and coaches, will be formally acknowledged for their accomplishments at the United Soccer Coaches All-America Luncheon on January 20, 2018 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in conjunction with the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia.