Philadelphia Union continues to be a talent pipeline for the United States National Team Squads as Jeremiah White and Neil Pierre of the Union Academy has been called in for the first U.S. U-16 National Team training camp of the year by Head Coach Michael Nsien.
The Domestic Training Camp takes place in Tampa Bay, Florida at the Hillsborough County Tournament Sportsplex and and will see the Union Academy duo in training for the Stars and Stripes from January 4 through January 13.
Players born on or after Jan. 1, 2007 are age-eligible for this U-16 MYNT cycle. All 23 players were born in 2007 are age-eligible for the upcoming Concacaf U-17 Championship in Guatemala.
GOALKEEPERS (3):Zackary Campagnolo (Orlando City SC; Orlando, Fla.), Patrick Los (Chicago Fire FC; Plainfield, Ill.), Mohammed Shour (Seattle Sounders FC; Seattle, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (8): Davi Alexandre (New York Red Bulls; New York City, N.Y.), Nicholas Almeida (Inter Miami CF; Boynton Beach, Fla.), Andrew Baiera (New York City FC; Darien, Conn.), Peyton Miller (New England Revolution; Unionville, Conn.), James Nyandjo (Charlotte FC; Huntersville, N.C.), Neil Pierre (Philadelphia Union; Lebanon, Pa.), Emir Ponciano (LAFC; Los Angeles, Calif.), Jeremiah White (Philadelphia Union; Elkins Park, Pa.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Evrit Fisher (DKSC; North Richland Hills, Texas), Kyome Lumsden (LAFC; Los Angeles, Calif.), Bryce Outman (FC Dallas; Fairview, Texas), Tyson Pearce (St. Louis City SC; St. Charles, Mo.), Jonathan Shore (New York City FC; New York City, N.Y.), Ervin Torres Jr. (Austin FC; Austin, Texas), Adyn Torres (Atlanta United FC; Atlanta, Ga.)
FORWARDS (5): Montrell Culbreath (1FC Kaiserslautern/GER; Bruchmühlbach-Miesau, Germany), Zavier Gozo (Real Salt Lake; Eagle Mountain, Utah), Din Klapija (New York City FC; New York City, N.Y.), Ruben Ramos Jr. (LA Galaxy; La Puente, Calif.), Gavin Turner (D.C. United; Fairfax, Va.)
Players born on or after Jan. 1, 2008 are age-eligible for this U-15 MYNT cycle. Seventeen of the 24 players called to camp were a part of last month’s U-15 MYNT Talent Identification Camp in Chula Vista, Calif. This group of 2008-birth year players are in early preparations for next year’s Concacaf Boys’ U-15 Championship.
Eleven Major League Soccer clubs are represented on the roster, with four players each coming from LAFC, the Philadelphia Union and Real Salt Lake. The players hail from 10 different states, led by six from California. Forward Abad Vargas, a rare National Team call-up from Alaska, is the younger brother of U-20 MYNT midfielder Obed Vargas. Defender Gavin Wolff is the younger brother of U-20 MYNT forward Tyler Wolff and son of former USMNT forward/current Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff.
The training camp in KC also represents a homecoming for Heinneman, who played college soccer at Rockhurst University in Kanas City, Mo. At Rockhurst, he earned Division II All-American honors his sophomore and junior seasons.