New York City FC Academy defender James Sands was named to the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship Best XI.
Sands, a center back, was one of five American players who dominated the team. He was joined by goalkeeper Justin Garces, right back Jaylin Lindsey, central midfielder Chris Durkin and forward Josh Sargent.
The U.S., which qualified for the U-17 World Cup in India in October, lost to Mexico in the final, 5-4, on penalty kicks after the teams played to a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes in Panama City, Panama Sunday.
The Best XI team:
Goalkeeper: Justin Garces (United States)
Right back: Jaylin Lindsey (United States)
Center back: James Sands (United States)
Center back: Luis Olivas (Mexico)
Left back: Walter Cortes (Costa Rica)
Right midfielder: Jairo Torres (Mexico)
Central midfielder: Chris Durkin (United States)
Central midfielder: Alexis Gutierrez (Mexico)
Left midfielder: Carlos Mejia (Honduras)
Forward: Daniel Lopez (Mexico)
Forward: Josh Sargent (United States)