U.S. U-18s set for Portugal tournament

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The U.S. men's national team is currently preparing for friendlies and World Cup qualifiers, but the future of the program is also in action this week. The U.S. Under-18 men's national team kicks off its participation in the Libson International Tournament on Wednesday, the first tournament for new coach Javier Perez.

The U-18s will face U-19 sides from Poland on Wednesday, Slovakia on Thursday and host Portugal on Saturday. Among the players on Perez' 20-man roster are three MLS Homegrown Players (LA's Jack McBean, Chivas USA's Marco Delgado and Philadelphia's Zach Pfeffer), 2011 U-17 World Cup standouts Mobi Fehr, Alejandro Guido and Esteban Rodriguez and 2011 CONCACAF U-17 championship golden boot winner Andrew Oliver.

"It’s going to be a very challenging tournament for us, not only for the age group but also because every team in Europe is extremely competitive," Perez said on U.S. Soccer's website. 

The U-18s drew a youth team from Sporting Lisbon 1-1 on Sunday in a tune-up for the match, with Guido scoring from the penalty spot to account for the Americans' goal. 

The roster for the tournament is after the jump:

U.S. U-18 LISBON INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS: Ethan Horvath (Real Colorado Academy; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zackary Steffen (FC Delco Academy; Downington, Pa.)

DEFENDERS: Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake Academy; Rochester, N.Y.),  Robert Michael Amick (De Anza Force Soccer Academy; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Mobi Fehr (FC Basel; Tokyo, Japan), Trevor Haberkorn (Solar Chelsea Soccer Academy; Keller, Texas), Malcom Harriss (Baltimore Bays Chelsea; Damascus, Md.), Jalen Markey (Seattle Sounders FC Academy; Renton, Wash.)

MIDFIELDERS: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas Academy; Plano, Texas), Russell Cannouse (Hoffenheim, Germany; Achtzehn Akademie, Germany), Marco Delgado (Chivas USA; Glendora, Calif.), Matthew Dunn (OFK Belgrade; Dallas, Texas), Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana, Mexico; Chula Vista, Calif.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids Academy, Brighton, Colo.)

FORWARDS: Jack McBean (LA Galaxy; Balboa Island, Calif.), Andrew Oliver (Chicago Fire Academy; Indianapolis, Ind.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.), Esteban Rodriguez (Club Tijuana, Mexico; Palmdale, Calif.), Ben Spencer (Chivas USA Academy; Albuquerque, N.M.), Stefanos Stamoulacatos (Empire; Camillus, N.Y.)

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16 Responses to U.S. U-18s set for Portugal tournament

  1. Lost in Space says:

    Best of luck to these young guns. I hope they have a very productive tournament and represent the US well.

  2. Jon says:

    Will there be streams?

  3. drew11 says:

    It’s hard to get excited about any of the youth teams right now.

  4. Steve C says:

    Was Kellyn Acosta the 15 year old kid who played right back in the U-17 Concacaf tourney last year?? I remember being impressed with him, considering he was the youngest one out there.

  5. chris says:

    Yeah hes got a bright future

  6. fischy says:

    No Germans? Perez needs to go on a recruiting trip.

  7. 2tone says:

    Good to see Andrew Oliver back in the U.S. youth set-up. This kid has a bright future as either a second striker/winger or CAM.

  8. marco says:

    Where is Jr. Flores who ripped apart Brazil’s 17s? too young?

  9. Air Jordanz says:

    Say Wha!!??!1

    Some of these U18s were on the squad that went to the last U17 WC.

    The new crop of U17s are tearing it up!

    Despite the poor U23 performance, there are a few diamons in the rough that have been salvaged (Corona, Boyd, Morales) and more that will definitely play a part in the future (Diskerud, Gatt, Hamid, Shea).

    C’mon now.

  10. bryan says:

    “Russell Cannouse (Hoffenheim, Germany; Achtzehn Akademie, Germany)”

  11. drew11 says:

    Poor peformances? That was an epic Hindenburg crash and burn. Twice. No thanks. I will follow the WCQ. Have fun with the youth teams if that is your thing but I am out.

  12. Brendan says:

    Two western New York kids on this roster. Making the rest of us look good.

  13. b says:

    He is with the U-17s at Bradenton FL. You can see him in the ussoccer video where the U-17s visit USMNT camp in Orlando. There are some very promising guys on this U-18 team, but the current U-17 team is looking even better than the last one did, lots of players who could develop into something special, including of course Junior Flores.

  14. Alex G says:

    I´m with u on that one, but i wish them the best of luck

  15. drew11 says:

    +1 – I enjoy watching the young guys in MLS emerge (Gaddis, Meara, Gil, Correa, etc.) but YNT stuff, no thanks for now.

  16. Joe+G says:

    He’s only residing in Germany. He grew up in PA, I think, and his dad works for the German software company SAP. (Name is actually spelled “Canouse”).