The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team is competing in the Vaclav Jezek Tournament in the Czech Republic from Aug. 10-21. The USA will open the tournament against Slovakia on Aug. 16, then play Hungary on Aug. 17, and finish group play against Russia on Aug. 19.
U-20 MNT head coach Omid Namazi named 20 players to the roster, all of who were born in 1999.
The roster includes two players from Illinois – central defender Jack Maher from the SLSG Illinois Academy program and wing back Aedan Stanley from the SLSG Missouri Academy program.
Maher returns to the US Program for the first time since October 2015 when he and Gabe Kash participated in a one week Camp with the U18 team (1999 birth year). He heads to the Czech Republic following a two week stay in Holland at the Feyenoord Academy.
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For Stanley, it’s been a busy year as he spent a week in April with the U18 team and has been part of every camp the past year. He is also one of two boys signed to Development Contracts with St. Louis FC this Summer which has provided additional training opportunities. He was also the only Academy player named to the end-of-the-year awards by US Soccer, named to the Starting XI for the U15/U16 Central Conference.
SLSG Academy player Aedan Stanley with the U18-MNT in Chula Vista, CA. @ussoccer_acad pic.twitter.com/HlfAfmOKCh
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The USA will look to continue its winning streak after defeating Chivas (4-0), Universidad de Guadalajara (4-1) and Atlas (1-0) during a training camp in Mexico in early June.
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cameron Douglas (Sacramento Republic; Granite Bay, Calif.), Brady Scott (De Anza Force; Petaluma, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Kyle Gruno (Leicester City; Saddle River, N.J.), Daniel Jones (New England Revolution; West Hartford, Conn.), Jack Maher (St. Louis Scott Gallagher; Caseyville, Ill.), Matthew Real (Philadelphia Union; Drexel Hill, Pa.), Aedan Stanley (Saint Louis FC; Columbia, Ill.), Carson Vom Steeg (Real So Cal; Santa Barbara, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Jose Carranza (DC United; Manassas, Va.), Jonathan Gonzalez (C.F. Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Andrew Paoli (San Jose Earthquakes; San Jose, Calif.), Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas; Highland Village, Texas), Brandon Servania (FC Dallas; Birmingham, Ala.), Nick Taitague (Unattached; Midlothian, Va.)
FORWARDS (6): Shaft Brewer (Sacramento Republic; Sacramento, Calif.), Griffin Dorsey (Colorado Rush; Evergreen, Colo.), Ernesto Espinoza (Club Tijuana; San Diego, Calif.), Nebiyou Perry (AIK Fotboll; New York, N.Y.), Justin Rennicks (New England Revolution; Hamilton, Mass.), Aristotle Zarris (Unattached; Sarasota, Fla.)