Red Bulls Academy squads, U-17 Residency players to compete in USSDA Winter Showcase
Two New York Red Bulls Academy players currently participating in U.S. Soccer's Bradenton U-17 Residency Program were included on the rosters for two different version of the United States U-17 national team, U.S. Soccer announced on Sunday. The squads will compete in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., this week as part of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase.
Head coach Richie Williams named a 20-player squad to participate in the Nike International Friendlies, six games between national teams that will be streamed live on USSoccer.com. Red Bulls defender Matthew Olosunde (Trenton, N.J.) will compete with the U.S. against Portugal (Monday, 5 p.m. ET), England (Wednesday, 5 p.m. ET), and Brazil (Friday, 5 p.m. ET).
A second roster of U.S. U-17 players will compete in games against USSDA club teams to complete the league's showcase event, and Red Bulls forward Sean Teixeira (Trumbull, Conn.) was named to that squad.
The Red Bulls' U-18 and U-16 teams will also compete in the Winter Showcase, which begins on Wednesday. The U-18s, currently 7-0-1 in league play, will face IMG Academy on Wednesday, Real Salt Lake-Arizona on Thursday, and the Seattle Sounders on Saturday. The U-16s (8-0 in league play) will take on the Houston Dynamo on Thursday, the Sounders on Friday, and a U.S. youth national team on Sunday.