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Chicago Fire Academy Products Casas and Monis Named to United States Under-16 Squad for 15th Torneo delle Nazioni

By Chicago Fire Communications, 04/17/18, 4:15PM CDT

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CHICAGO (April 17, 2018) – Chicago Fire Academy midfielders Javier Casas Jr. and Alex Monis have been selected by U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team head coach Shaun Tsakiris to the 20-player roster for the upcoming Torneo delle Nazioni in Gradisca d’Isonzo, Italy, that runs from April 19-May 2.

The U.S. has been drawn into Group A and opens tournament play against Italy on Tuesday, April 24. The team then plays Libya on Thursday, April 26 before concluding group play against Croatia on Friday, April 27.

The tournament fields three additional four-team groups consisting of Czech Republic, England, Japan and United Arab Emirates in Group B, Mexico, Romania, Russia, and Slovenia in Group C, and Austria, Costa Rica, Norway and Portugal in Group D. Although all 16 teams will play in an additional two games after the group stage to determine final placement, only the group winners will advance to the semifinals on April 29 for a chance to play in the tournament final on May 1.

U.S. U-16 BNT SCHEDULE:
April 24: U-16 BNT vs. Italy; Gradisca, Italy (10:30 a.m. CT)
April 26: U-16 BNT vs. Libya; Cervignano, Italy (3:45 a.m. CT)
April 27: U-16 BNT vs. Croatia; Monfalcone, Italy (3:45 a.m. CT)
April 29 – Torneo Delle Nazioni Semifinals
May 1 – Torneo Delle Nazioni Final

Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS: Gavin Krenecki (Sacramento Republic; Fair Oaks, Calif.); Eliot Jones (New England Revolution; New Britain, Conn.)

DEFENDERS: Adrian Aguilar (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.) Israel Carrillo (San Jose Earthquakes; San Jose, Calif.), Mauricio Cuevas (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Eric Kinzner (Seattle Sounders; Tacoma, Wash.), Anton Sorenson (Crew SC Academy Wolves; Ann Arbor, Mich.), Kobey Stoup (Atlanta United FC; Montgomery, Ala.), Casey Walls (San Jose Earthquakes; Mill Valley, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERSJavier Casas Jr. (Chicago Fire; Addison, Ill.), Daniel Leyva (Seattle Sounders; Seattle, Wash.), Jack McGlynn (BW Gottschee; Middle Village, N.Y.), Alex Monis (Chicago Fire; Naperville, Ill.), Edwin Villarreal (FC Dallas; El Paso, Texas)

FORWARDS: Patrick Bohui (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Pa.), Tyler Freeman (Sporting KC; Shawnee, Kan.), Selmir Miscic (Philadelphia Union; Royersford, Pa.), Dante Sealy (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Dantouma Toure (PDA; Trenton, N.J.), Dominic Vegaalban (Sacramento Republic; Rocklin, Calif.)