Both defender Alexis Velela and midfielder Eric Calvillo have been selected by new head coach Brad Friedel as part of a 20-man roster that will open the tournament against Georgia on April 25th. The United States will be part of Group A which features Georgia, Ukraine and the host nation Slovakia. Group B will feature Russia, Norway, Macedonia and the Czech Republic, with all teams competing for a spot in the April 29th final in Myjava.
Velela and Calvillo are no strangers to the Youth National Team. Both have featured extensively since the U-15 level, with both featuring in the recent U-17 World Cup with former Cosmos (now Schalke) forward Haji Wright. Additionally, Calvillo captained the U-19s at the Copa del Atlantico tournament in Spain this past January.
All of us here at TICC are wishing Eric and Alexis the best in Slovakia. They are both high quality individuals who have had standout preseasons in the green and white. Check the full U.S. roster for the Slovakia Cup below:
GK: Benn Diaz (Queretaro; Los Angeles, Calif.), Ben Hale (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas)
D: Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy; Norwalk, Calif.), Danny Barbir (West Bromwich Albion; Allentown, Pa.), Marlon Fossey (Fulham FC; Surbiton, England), Nabilai Kibunguchy (Sacramento Republic; Sacramento, Calif.), Hector Montalvo (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Alexis Velela (New York Cosmos; San Diego, Calif.)
MF: Eric Calvillo (New York Cosmos; Palmdale, Calif.), Pierre Da Silva (Orlando City SC; Port Chester, N.Y.), Luca De La Torre (Fulham FC; San Diego, Calif.), Sebastien Des Pres (RSL Arizona; San Diego, Calif.), Ander Egiluz (Athletic Bilbao; Getxo, Spain), Nelson Hunsinger (Leg A-Z; Mary Esther, Fla.), Weston McKinnie (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Texas)
F: Colby Agu (Capital Area Railhawks; Cary, N.C.), Ernesto Espinoza (Club Tijuana; San Diego, Calif.), Joe Gallardo (Unattached; San Diego, Calif.), Brandon Vazquez (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Isaiah Young (PDA; Berlin, N.J.)