The first ever U.S. Soccer Men’s Youth National Team Summit Camp is currently being held in Lakewood Ranch Florida, with 153 players representing the rosters for the U.S. U-16, U-17, U-18, U-19 and U-20 Youth National Teams. The Sounders academy has six players at the camp.
Goalkeeper Trey Muse (Tukwila, Wash.) is part of the U-20 Men’s National Team, Goalkeeeper Sam Fowler (Issaquah, Wash.) is representing the U-19 Men’s National Team, and a pair of forwards, Alfonso Ocampo Chavez (Fresno, Calif.) and Ray Serrano (Graham, Wash.) feature on the U-17 Men’s National Team. The U-16 Boys’ National Team also includes two Sounders, defender Nico McMillan (Seattle, Wash.) and midfielder Daniel Leyva (Seattle, Wash.).
The goal of the camp is to unify the messaging and training of the five oldest Youth National Teams, with the ultimate goal of qualifying the U.S. for the 2019 FIFA U-20 and U-17 World Cups. After the USMNT failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup in Russia, much focus was placed on the youth development system in the U.S. and this camp is the first opportunity for U.S. Soccer to show a unified front.
U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director Tab Ramos said, “I am looking forward to building on the success our Youth National Teams had over the last two cycles (2014-2015 and 2016-2017). This first ever Men’s YNT Summit Camp provides all of our teams the opportunity to team build and to continue the development of our style of play in one location together.”