Five Atlanta United Academy players have been called up to the United States under-17 national team for a training camp in Utah. Head coach John Hackworth has looked to the newly-formed Atlanta United U-18 and U-16 teams and plucked Andrew Carleton, Chris Goslin, Carlos Asensio, Kendall Edwards, and Zyen Jones for his 24-player roster.
Carleton and Goslin have been fixtures with the U.S. U-17 team throughout this cycle so far. Jones and Asensio have been on-again-off-again call ups, while Kendall Edwards is a newcomer to the team.
Atlanta United is by far the most represented club on the latest roster. They are making quite a name for themselves and they haven’t even played a match yet.
The team will play two friendlies during the camp. One against Utah Valley University (August 16) and the other against RSL Monarchs (August 20). The camp will be a chance for the players to win a spot on the final roster for the 2016 Torneo Naciones de Mexico, set to take place Aug. 22-29 in Mexico City.
Congrats to all five call-ups and good luck!
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Alexander Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Justin Garces (Kendall FC; Miami, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (8): Jake Arteaga (LA Galaxy; Glendora, Calif.), Carlos Asensio (Atlanta United; Roswell, Ga.), Kelee Cornfield-Saunders (LA Galaxy; San Marcos, Calif.), Kendall Edwards (Atlanta United; Atlanta, Ga.), Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Rayshaun McGann (Philadelphia Union; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Jose Rivera (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): George Acosta (Weston FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake AZ; Eden, Utah), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Christopher Goslin (Atlanta United; Locust Grove, Ga.), James Sands (New York Soccer Club; Rye, N.Y.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.), Akil Watts (IMG Academy; Fort Wayne, Ind.)
FORWARDS (6): Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United; Powder Springs, Ga.), Patrick Cassagnol (SIMA; Silver Spring, Md.), Zyen Jones (Atlanta United; Clarkston, Ga.), Joshua Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallen, Mo.), Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain; Rosedale, N.Y.)