One Seattle Sounders Academy player is among the 20 boys called to the United States U16 Boys National Team for the upcoming tournament. At Val-de-Marne the US will face England, Russia and France. Azriel Gonzalez is currently with the Sounders U16s where he’s started four times in the young USSDA season. Seattle’s U16s are 1-2-3 -1 at 5th place in the NW Division.
Azriel previously was the leading scorer at the Youdan Trophy with five goals. Gonzalez is a midfielder currently in the Renton area. He has one start (with a goal) with Seattle’s U18s in addition to his four with the U16s. The midfielder split time between the U16 and U14 level last season scoring five times while playing up and once with the 14s. He earned eight starts and five sub appearances in the 2015/16 season.
Gonzalez is one of 13 MLS tied Academy players who received the call. Four others are in the USSDA but not tied to MLS teams. Two are playing abroad. One is not with a professional or USSDA club.
U.S. U-16 BNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Michael Collodi (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Nicolas Defreitas-Hansen (Weston FC; Southwest Ranches, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (9): Nico Benalcazar (NYCFC; Wilton, Conn.), Eduardo Blancas (Real Salt Lake; Napa, Calif.), Jackson Conway (Atlanta United FC; Marietta, Ga.), Cameron Duke (Sporting KC; Olathe, Kan.), John Hilton (Unattached; Long Beach, Calif.), Julian Hinojosa (FC Dallas; Garland, Texas), Ian Hoffmann (Karlsruher SC; Germany), Alexsi Morel (New York City FC; Huntington Station, N.Y.), Leonardo Sepulveda (LA Galaxy; Corona, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Luis Arriaga (Real Salt Lake; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake; Eden, Utah), Azriel Gonzalez (Seattle Sounders FC; Renton, Wash.), Ulysses Llanez (LA Galaxy; Lynwood, Calif.), Marcelo Palomino (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas), Jose Rivas (Weston FC; Weston, Fla.), Indiana Vassilev (IMG Academy; Savannah, Ga.) FORWARDS (2): Konrad De la Fuente (FC Barcelona; Barcelona, Spain), Stefan Stojanovic (Sockers FC; Des Plaines, Ill.)