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Sporting KC Academy defender Jaylin Lindsey to join U.S. U-17 MNT for international tournament

Jaylin Lindsey U.S. U-17s - May 10, 2017

Sporting Kansas City Academy defender Jaylin Lindsey was named to the U.S. U-17 Men's National Team roster on Thursday for the 2017 International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek that will be held in Prague, Czech Republic from Aug. 21-27.

“Following our two recent domestic training camps, this tournament will challenge our team with four tough international matches in five days,” U.S. U-17 head coach John Hackworth said. “We were able to get almost all of the players we requested released for this trip, so that will help us as we continue to prepare for the World Cup in India.”

The U-17’s will begin play Tuesday, Aug. 22, when they face Hungary. The team will play again the following day against Russia and will conclude Group B play on Aug. 24 against Japan. The opponent for a final placement game, which will be played on Saturday, Aug. 26, will be determined following the conclusion of group play.

Lindsey is one of seven players on the squad to have played in four seasons in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and is one of seventeen players on the roster that were part of the team that finished second at the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, which serves as the U-17’s World Cup qualifying tournament. 

The U.S. U-17s were drawn into Group A of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, where they will face hosts India on Oct. 6, Ghana on Oct. 9 and Colombia on Oct. 12. The 24-team competition will see 16 teams advance to the knockout rounds, which begin Oct. 16.

In May, Lindsey was selected to the CONCACAF U-17 Championship Best XI after helping the U.S. to a second-place finish in the tournament and qualification to the FIFA U-17 World Cup. He started and played the full 90 minutes in five of the United States' six tournament matches, adding an assist in the opening group stage contest against Jamaica.

Lindsey has appeared in more than 20 matches for the U.S. U-17s since 2016, recording four assists. He previously represented his country at the U-15 and U-16 levels.

A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Lindsey signed an Academy contract with the Swope Park Rangers in May 2016. He made two appearances for the club last season, including his first professional start against Real Monarchs SLC on Aug. 13, before joining the U.S. U-17 Residency Program in late August.

Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos (S.L. Benfica; Philadelphia, Penn.), Justin Garces (Atlanta United FC; Miami, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Asensio (Atlanta United FC; Roswell, Ga.), Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), James Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Tyler Shaver (New York City FC; Greenwich, Conn.), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.), Akil Watts (Portland Timbers; Fort Wayne, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): George Acosta (North Carolina FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake; Eden, Utah), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Chris Goslin (Atlanta United FC; Locust Grove, Ga.), Alex Mendez (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Indiana Vassilev (Unattached; Savannah, Ga.)
FORWARDS (6): Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Ulysses Llanez (LA Galaxy; Lynwood, Calif.), Alejandro Pereira (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.), Jacobo Reyes (C.F. Monterrey; Monterrey, Mexico), Josh Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O'Fallen, Mo.), Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.; Rosedale, N.Y.)