RSL Academy Players named to U.S. U-18 National Team
SANDY, Utah (Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012) – Real Salt Lake and U.S. Soccer announced on Wednesday that Real Salt Lake Arizona Academy players Jordan Allen and Benjamin Lopez have been called up to the U.S. U-18 national team for the squad’s upcoming 11-day training camp in the Netherlands. Ben Spencer – who currently trains in Chivas USA’s academy but whose MLS rights are held by RSL – was also called into the camp.
Allen, Lopez, Spencer and the rest of the 20-man U-18 roster will travel to the Netherlands on Sept. 7. While there, they’ll play friendly matches against the Netherlands U-18 squad as well as the U-18 sides from clubs Feyenoord Rotterdam, Borussia Dortmund and Club Brugge before returning to the States on Sept. 18.
Both Allen and Spencer were called in to the last U.S. U-18 camp, playing in the Lisbon International Tournament from May 23-26 in Portugal. Allen, Spencer and Lopez are all listed as forwards on the official roster released by U.S. Soccer.
The full roster for the U.S. U-18’s 11-day camp is listed below:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Ethan Horvath (Unattached; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zackary Steffen (Maryland; Downington, Pa.).
DEFENDERS (5): Michael Amick (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Suliaman Dainkeh (DC United Academy; Reston, Va.), Dylan Greenberg (Albertson SC; Dix Hills, N.Y.), Trevor Haberkorn (Solar Chelsea SC; Roanoke, Texas), Jalen Markey (Seattle Sounders FC Academy; Renton, Wash.).
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Marco Delgado (CD Chivas USA; Glendora, Calif.), Romain Gall (FC Lorient; Herndon, Va.), Jacori Hayes (Baltimore Bays; Bowie, Md.), Piakai Henkel (Amiens FC; Arcata, Calif.), Kristian Scott (Stoke City, Winterbourne, England)
FORWARDS (7): Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake Arizona; Rochester, N.Y.), Paul Arriola (LA Galaxy; Chula Vista, Calif.), Julian Green (Bayern Munich; Tampa, Fla.), Benjamin Lopez (Real Salt Lake Arizona; San Diego, Calif.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.), Ben Spencer Jr. (CD Chivas USA; Albuquerque, N.M.), Travis Wannemuehler (Indiana Fire Academy; Evansville, Ind.)