JAMIE HILL - Tuesday, July 23, 2013
The USSF announced a squad of 18 players for the upcoming Milk Cup tournament in Northern Ireland.
Although Milk Cup rules allow players born in 1994 and older to be used, the US is sending a U-18 group of players born in 1995 and 1996. The team will be coached by U-18 coach Javier Perez, although this age cohort will soon transition to the U-20 player pool for the 2015 U-20 World Cup cycle.
The US squad has a distinctive New York flavor, with no fewer than five members of the Red Bull organization. Perez has tapped New York's trio of homegrown professionals, as well as two others who played a role the Red Bull U-18's Development Academy title run that concluded on July 20.
Other professionals on the team include Lynden Gooch (Sunderland), Ethan Horvath (Molde), and Rubio Rubin, who will join Utrecht when he turns 18.
The US is a regular participant in the annual summer youth competition and won the title in 2010. In the current edition, the US will square off against Mexico on July 29, the hosts Northern Ireland on July 31, and Denmark on August 2.
Milk Cup Roster
Santiago Castano New York Red Bulls
Ethan Horvath Molde FK (Norway)
Jordan Allen Revolution Empire
Michael Amick De Anza Force
Trevor Haberkorn Furman University
Matt Miazga New York Red Bulls
Shaquell Moore unattached
John Requejo Jr. Real So Cal
Brian Iloski Los Angeles Galaxy Academy
Jacori Hayes Wake Forest University
Christopher Lema New York Red Bulls Academy
Lynden Gooch Sunderland (England)
Piakai Henkel unattached
Alex Muyl New York Red Bulls Academy
Amando Moreno New York Red Bulls
Andrija Novakovich Chicago Magic PSG
Rubio Rubin unattached
Ahinga Selemani CSA Wolves