Sporting Kansas City standout Gianluca Busio and star midfielder Giovanni Reyna headline the United States Under-17 squad that will compete in the upcoming Concacaf Championships.
U.S. Under-17 coach Raphael Wicky has called in a strong squad for the World Cup qualifying tournament, which begins May 1 in Bradenton, Florida, with the Americans opening against Canada on May 2.
“I’m very excited about the team we’ve put together for this World Cup qualifying tournament,” Wicky said. “There’s a lot of very good quality in this group. We brought together a strong roster for the mini-camp earlier this month, and now we’ve added a few more pieces with a lot of good characteristics. The players have brought a great mentality and we’re excited and ready for a number of interesting games ahead.”
The group is led by Busio, who has been in outstanding form with Sporting Kansas City. The 16-year-old midfielder has recently gone on a streak of scoring goals in three straight matches, becoming the youngest player in MLS history to score in consecutive matches.
Reyna, a New York City FC academy product and son of former USMNT captain Claudio Reyna, is currently listed as unattached, but has been training at Borussia Dortmund's youth academy ahead of a formal move to the Bundesliga club.
Also on the team are Seattle Sounders academy stars Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez and Daniel Leyva, who are coming off leading the Sounders U-17 team to the Generation Adidas Cup title in the Champions Division, making it the first North American team to win the title.
Here is the 20-player U.S. Under-17 roster for the Concacaf Under-17 Championships:
DEFENDERS:4-Axel Alejandre (FC United; Chicago, Ill.), 3-Adam Armour (North Carolina FC; Cary, N.C.), 13-Mauricio Cuevas (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), 14-Tayvon Gray (New York City FC; Bronx, N.Y.), 5-Kobe Hernandez (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), 2-Joseph Scally (New York City FC; Lake Grove, N.Y.), 15-John Tolkin (New York Red Bulls; Chatham, N.J.)
MIDFIELDERS:7-Gianluca Busio (Sporting Kansas City; Greensboro, N.C.), 20-Gilbert Fuentes (San Jose Earthquakes; Tracy, Calif.), 8-Bryang Kayo (D.C. United; Poolesville, Md.), 6-Daniel Leyva (Seattle Sounders FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), 16-Adam Saldana (LA Galaxy; Panorama City, Calif.)
FORWARDS:18-Jack de Vries (Philadelphia Union; Wayne, Pa.), 17-Tyler Freeman (Sporting Kansas City; Shawnee, Kan.), 19-Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (Tacoma Defiance; Kent, Wash.), 9-Ricardo Pepi (North Texas SC; McKinney, Texas), 10-Giovanni Reyna (Unattached; Bedford, N.Y.), 11-Griffin Yow (D.C. United; Clifton, Va.)