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Former Chattanooga FC Academy player called up to U16 National Team camp

By US Soccer, 03/12/18, 6:30PM EDT

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Former Chattanooga FC Academy player Joseph Collins is one of 36 players in the country called in to US Soccer's U16 National Team camp.

Head coach Shaun Tsakiris made the announcement official today. During the eight-day camp, taking place from March 10-17 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., the USA will play games against mixed birth year players from LA Galaxy and Liga MX side Club Tijuana.

Joseph Collins currently plays for Atlanta United's Development Academy. Two of his Atlanta teammates were also called in.

Of the 36 players called into camp, 29 currently play in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, four play for non-DA domestic clubs and three are based internationally, in England (Vaughn Covil, Southhampton FC and Chitua Hani-Okafor, Sheffield Wednesday Football Club) and Chile (Dylan Kelemen, Club Deportivo Universidad Católica).

This group of players moved up from the U-14 level this year and will spend two years as the U-16 BNT before moving on to become the U-18s. The players are all age-eligible for the 2019 U-17 World Cup, which has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 2002 but will eventually be the core age group for the team that will attempt to qualify for the U-20 World Cup in 2021.

Twenty-two players are making their debut with the 2018-19 cycle, while 14 players attended the first U-16 BNT camp of the year, part of the first ever U.S. Men’s Youth National Team Summit.

U.S. U-18 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Isaac Acevedo (RGV Toros; Brownsville, Texas), Gavin Krenecki (Sacramento Republic; Fair Oaks, Calif.), Vincente Reyes (Atlanta United FC; Cumming, Ga.)

DEFENDERS (14): Adrian Aguilar (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Edwin Arias (Barca Academy, Phoenix, Ariz.), Max Brown (Internationals Soccer Academy; Aurora, Ohio), Israel Carrillo (San Jose Earthquakes; San Jose, Calif.), Mauricio Cuevas (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Abedi Godefroid (Sereno Soccer Club; Phoenix, Ariz.), Noah Hall (Columbus Crew SC; Cincinnati, Ohio), Kyle Jordan (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Dylan Kelemen (Club Deportivo Universidad Católica; Las Condes, Chile), Eric Kinzner (Seattle Sounders FC; Tacoma, Wash.), Victor Salazar (Albion SC; San Diego, Calif.), Anton Sorenson (Crew SC Academy; Ann Arbor, Mich.), Kobey Stoup (Atlanta United FC; Montgomery, Ala.), Casey Walls (San Jose Earthquakes; Mill Valley, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (10): Javier Casas Jr. (Chicago Fire; Addison, Ill.), Elton Chifamba (Columbus Crew SC; Blacklick, Ohio), Chitua Hani-Okoroafor (Sheffield Wednesday Football Club; Leeds, England), Sota Kitahara (Seattle Sounders; Edmonds, Wash.), Daniel Leyva (Seattle Sounders FC; Seattle, Wash.), Diego Luna (San Jose Earthquakes; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Jack McGlynn (BW Gottschee; Middle Village, N.Y.), Alex Monis (Chicago Fire; Naperville, Ill.), Edwin Villarreal (FC Dallas; El Paso, Texas), Eduardo Villeda (CDA Slammers FC; Compton, Calif.)

FORWARDS (9): Patrick Bohui (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Penn.), Joseph Collins (Atlanta United FC; Duluth Ga.), Vaughn Covil (Southhampton FC; Wiltshire, England), Tyler Freeman (Sporting KC; Shawnee, Kan.), Tega Ikoba (Vestavia Hills Soccer Club; Madison, Ill.), Selmir Miscic (Philadelphia Union; Royersford, Penn.), Dante Sealy (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Dantouma Toure (PDA; Trenton, N.J.), Dominic Vegaalban (Sacramento Republic; Rocklin, Calif.)

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