James Sands recently played for NYC FC in the Desert Diamond Cup. (Casey Sapio/USA Today Photos)
Three area players were named to the 26-player roster for the U.S. Under-17 national team’s international camp.
The players include the Sands twins from Rye, N.Y. — New York City FC academy players James, a defender and William, a forward, and Red Bulls defender Christopher Gloster of Montclair, N.J.
The camp is taking place in San Pedro Sula, Honduras from Feb. 24-March 3, when the Americans will friendlies against the U-17 national team Feb. 27 and March 2.
The camp will aid in the U.S.’s preparation for the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, where the Americans have been paired with Jamaica, Mexico and El Salvador in Group C. The tournament will be held at Estadio Rommel Fernández and Estadio Maracaná de Panamá in Panama City from April 21–May 7. The CONCACAF Championship serves as the qualifying tournament for the 2017 U-17 World Cup in India.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alexander Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Justin Garces (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.), Quantrell Jones (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore, Md.)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Asensio (Atlanta United; Roswell, Ga.), Ethan Bartlow (Crossfire Premier, Woodinville, Wash.), Jean-Julien Foe Nuphaus (Unattached, San Jose, Calif.), Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), Rayshaun McGann (Philadelphia Union; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), James Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): George Acosta (Weston FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Isaac Angking (New England Revolution; Providence, R.I.), Grayson Barber (Sporting Kansas City; Blythewood, S.C.), 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.), Indiana Vassilev (IMG Academy; Savannah, Ga.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.), Akil Watts (IMG Academy; Fort Wayne, Ind.)
FORWARDS (5): Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Nicolas Garcia-Morillo (Atletico Madrid; Madrid, Spain), Bryan Reynolds Jr. (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Texas), William Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Joshua Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallen, Mo.)