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Three Sporting KC Players Called Up for Youth USMNT

Tyler Freeman, Jake Davis and Tucker Lepley are headed to Florida.

Thad Bell

On Friday, US Soccer announced their rosters for the U-16 and U-17 teams for a series of friendlies to be held in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. The event will feature four teams, Turkey, the Netherlands and both youth United States teams in a round-robin style competition. The event is called the 2019 Nike International Friendlies.

The games will take place starting Thursday, November 14th and running through Monday, November 18th. Training will start on the 11th.

Representing Sporting Kansas City will be three players; ranging from the first team all the way down to the SKC Academy. First team winger Tyler Freeman will join the U-16 squad. Midfielders Jake Davis and Tucker Lepley will join the U-17 team.

All three players came through the Sporting KC Academy and featured for the Swope Park Rangers (now Sporting KC II) in 2019. While Freeman is on the main roster, he has yet to make an appearance in Major League Soccer (MLS). Below is the full schedule of games.

Thursday, Nov. 14

Netherlands vs. U-16 BNT, 2:30 p.m. CT

Turkey vs. U-17 MNT, 5:30 p.m. CT

Saturday, Nov. 16

Netherlands vs. Turkey, 2:30 p.m. CT

U-16 BNT vs. U-17 MNT, 5:30 p.m. CT

Monday, Nov. 18

U-16 BNT vs. Turkey, 2:30 p.m. CT

U-17 MNT vs. Netherlands, 5:30 p.m. CT

The matches will be streamed on as well as their various social media accounts (YouTube, Facebook and Twitter).

The full roster is listed below courtesy of US Soccer.


GOALKEEPERS (2): Ethan Wady (Chelsea/ENG; Wake Forest, N.C.), Seth Wilson (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas)

DEFENDERS (7): Axel Alejandre (FC United; Chicago, Ill.), Antino Lopez (Seattle Sounders FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Bryson Hankins (Seattle Sounders FC; Bakersfield, Calif.), Joshua Ramsey (Solar Soccer Club; Plano, Texas), John Tolkin (New York Red Bulls; Chatham, N.J.), Jonathan Tomkinson (Norwich City/ENG; Plano, Texas), Rickson van Hees (NEC Nijmegen/NED; Oss, Netherlands)

MIDFIELDERS (4): Jacob Davis (Sporting Kansas City; Rochester, Mich.), Gilbert Fuentes (San Jose Earthquakes; Tracy, Calif.), Damian Rivera (New England Revolution; Cranston, R.I.), Pablo Soares (Bourssia Monchengladbach/GER; Krefeld, Germany)

FORWARDS (7): Sagir David Arce (Monarcas Morelia/MEX; Morelia, Mexico), Jack de Vries (Philadelphia Union; Wayne, Pa.), Jack Imperato (CD Roda/ESP; San Jose, Calif.), Noah Jones (RB Leipzig/GER; Berlin, Germany), Tucker Lepley (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), Joshua Pynadath (Ajax/NED; Los Altos Hills, Calif.), Bailey Sparks (Solar Soccer Club; Plano, Texas)


GOALKEEPERS (2): Anthony Ramos (LA Galaxy; Torrance, Calif.), Gabriel Slonina (Chicago Fire; Addison, Ill.)

DEFENDERS (7): Mauricio Cuevas (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Jonathan Gomez (FC Dallas; Keller, Texas), Noah Hall (Columbus Crew SC; Cincinnati, Ohio), Dante Huckaby (Philadelphia Union; Morgantown, W.V.), Eric Kinzner (Seattle Sounders FC; Tacoma, Wash.), Jalen Neal (LA Galaxy; Lakewood, Calif.), Casey Walls (San Jose Earthquakes; Mill Valley, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (5): Javier Casas (Chicago Fire; Addison, Ill.), Daniel Edelman (Players Development Academy; Warren, N.J.), Sota Kitahara (Seattle Sounders FC; Edmonds, Wash.), Jack McGlynn (Philadelphia Union; Middle Village, N.Y.), Moses Nyeman (D.C. United; Riverdale, Md.)

FORWARDS (6): Patrick Bohui (Philadelphia Union; Harrisburg, Pa.), Tyler Freeman (Sporting Kansas City; Shawnee, Kan.), Alex Monis (Chicago Fire; Naperville, Ill.), Kevin Paredes (D.C. United; South Riding, Va.), Samuel Sarver (Columbus Crew SC; Beachwood, Ohio), Dante Sealy (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas)