Chituru Odunze 2019
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Development Squad goalkeeper Chituru Odunze called into U.S. U-17 national team

Whitecaps FC Develoment Squad goalkeeper Chituru Odunze has received another call-up to the United States U-17 men's national team.

Odunze has been a consistent member of the U.S. U-17 squad, including a January camp in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, as well as at the Nike International Friendlies in December. Earlier this year Odunze spent a two-week trial at English Premier League club Leicester City FC.

The training camp will run from April 4-8, again in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. The event will serve as the team’s final gathering before it kicks off the 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship on May 2 against Canada.

The training camp will take place ahead of next month’s U-17 World Cup qualifying tournament. The USA will face Canada, Barbados and Guatemala in the group stage of the 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship, where the U-17s will aim to qualify for a record 17th World Cup at this age level.

Twenty-four of the 26 players headed to Lakewood Ranch have spent at least one season in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Twenty-two have played in the current 2018-19 season.

Players born on or after Jan. 1, 2002 are age-eligible for the 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship. 24 players have been called up who were born in 2002, and two born in 2003.

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position

GOALKEEPERS (4):Aaron Cervantes (Orange County SC; ChinoHills, Calif.), Bryan Dowd (FC United; Willow Springs, Ill.), Damian Las (Chicago Fire; Norridge, Ill.), Chituru Odunze (Vancouver Whitecaps FC/CAN; Calgary, Alberta)

DEFENDERS (8):Axel Alejandre (FC United;Chicago, Ill.), Adam Armour (North Carolina FC; Cary, N.C.) Mauricio Cuevas (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Tayvon Gray (New York City FC; Bronx, N.Y.), Kobe Hernandez (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Antino Lopez (Shattuck –St. Mary’s; Las Vegas, Nev.), Joe Scally (New York City FC; Lake Grove, N.Y.), John Tolkin (New York Red Bulls; Chatham, N.J.)

MIDFIELDERS (5):Gilbert Fuentes (San Jose Earthquakes; Tracy, Calif.), Bryang Kayo (D.C. United; Poolesville, Md.), Daniel Leyva (Seattle Sounders FC; LasVegas, Nev.), Adam Saldana (LA Galaxy; Panorama City, Calif.), Peter Stroud (West Ham United/ENG; Chester, N.J.)

FORWARDS (9):Sagir David Arce (Morelia/MEX; Chihuahua, Mexico), Jack de Vries (Philadelphia Union; Wayne, Pa.), Cameron Dunbar (LA Galaxy; Chula Vista, Calif.), Andres Jasson (New York City FC; Greenwich, Conn.), Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (Seattle Sounders FC; Kent, Wash.), Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas; McKinney, Texas), Joshua Pynadath (Ajax/NED; Los Altos Hills, Calif.), Giovanni Reyna (Unattached; Bedford, N.Y.), Griffin Yow (D.C. United; Clifton, Va.)

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