Chicago Fire Academy midfielder Cameron Lindley and defender Mauricio Pineda were named to Javier Perez' 20-man roster for the United States Under-18 men's national team, the Fire announced Wednesday.
The Carmel, Ind. and Bolingbrook, Ill. natives return to the national team fold after helping the Fire U-18s reach the U.S. Soccer Development Academy semifinals in a 4-3 quarterfinal victory over the Houston Dynamo in extra time on Tuesday.
With the semifinals set to take place on July 16 in Carson, Calif., Lindley and Pineda, in the meantime, will join up with the U.S. squad, which commenced its first domestic training camp of the year on Monday. The camp runs through July 14 as the U.S. prepare to take part in two matches in the three-team NTC Invitational Tournament from July 11-15, both of which will be played on the Glenn "Mooch" Myernick Field at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center in Carson, and will be streamed live on www.ussoccer.com.
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Lindley and Pineda participated in the U-18s most recent training camp of the year in Medugorje, Bosnia & Herzegovina in April, where the Americans split two exhibition matches against Bosnia’s U-19 national team.
2015 U-18 NTC Invitational Tournament Schedule:
USA vs. Uruguay - Saturday, July 11 at 6 p.m. CT
USA vs. Czech Republic - Monday, July 13 at 7 p.m. CT
U.S. U-18 MNT Roster by Position:
Goalkeepers (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (Irvine Strikers; Newport Beach, Calif.), JT Marcincowski (San Jose Earthquakes; Alamo, Calif.)
Defenders (6): Marcello Borges (New York Red Bulls; Kearny, N.J.), Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls; Brooklyn, N.Y.), Malcolm Jones (LA Galaxy; Chino Hills, Calif.), Andrew Lombard (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Pablo Pelaez (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.)
Midfielders (6): Cameron Lindley (Chicago Fire; Carmel, Ind.), James Murphy (PDA; Scotch Plains, N.J.), Emmanuel Sabbi (Chicago Magic; Libertyville, Ill.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Ben Swanson (Columbus Crew SC; Grove City, Ohio), Jackson Yueill (Minnesota Thunder; Bloomington, Minn.)
Forwards (6): Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal CF; Minneapolis, Minn), Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Sebastian Elney (Philadelphia Union; Boca Raton, Fla.), Christian Lucatero (Houston Dynamo; Pasadena, Texas), Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders; Des Moines, Wash.), Haji Wright (New York Cosmos; Los Angeles, Calif.)