U.S. Soccer announced rosters for both the U-23 and U-18 clubs today, with the latter appearing in the Open Nordic Cup in Sweden. As it turns out, some current and former members of the D.C. United youth system will be appearing at both levels.
The Nordic Cup is pretty much as described, with several Scandinavian teams participating, along with the United States. This team is the first at the U-18 level for those involved, including D.C. Academy midfielder Jose Carranza. Carranza has seen time at the U-17 level before, going to that age group's U.S. Residency Program as a 14-year old. Tournament play begins for the U.S. on August 4.
This news comes on the heels of Carranza and Academy players Jorge Calix and Lucas Mendes receiving Best XI nods in their age groups, along with Eryk Williamson being the U-17/18 Player of the Year in the East Region.
At the U-23 level, coach Andi Herzog has named a U.S. roster for a training camp to scout players ahead of qualifying for next year's Summer Olympics in Brazil. Among the names is Jake Rozhansky, a current University of Virginia player who also spent time with the D.C. United U-23 team this year, scoring three goals in six games. Chase Gasper (UCLA) had originally been named to the team but was unable to play. John Harkes' son Ian (Wake Forest) is a former Academy player who has also been named to the roster, which will run from August 5-8.