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Chicago Fire Academy Goalkeeper Damian Las Called Up to U-17 U.S. Men's National Team for 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (April 22, 2019)Chicago Fire Academy goalkeeper Damian Las has been called up to the U-17 U.S. Men's National Team for the 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship. Set to occur from May 1-16, the 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship will be held at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

The U-17 USMNT will join Canada, Barbados and Guatemala in Group F in the 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship. Las and the U-17s will open up the tournament against Canada on Thursday, May 2 at 5:00 p.m. CT. Two days later, the U-17s will face Barbados on Saturday, May 4 at 3:00 p.m. CT, before concluding the group stage against Guatemala on Monday, May 6 at 5:00 p.m. CT.

This year’s tournament features a new format, as 20 nations will participate in the competition. The tournament’s four semifinalists will advance to the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil as representatives of Concacaf.

Las, a native of Norridge, Ill., recently featured in the 2019 Generation adidas Cup for the Chicago Fire Academy’s U-17 side. In the team’s final match of the tournament, Las made a pair of saves during a penalty-kick shootout to help lead the team to a win over K-League 1 side Ulsan Hyundai.

2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship Roster by Position (Club; Hometown; U-17 Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Damian Las (Chicago Fire; Norridge, Ill.; 13/0), 12-Chituru Odunze (Vancouver Whitecaps FC/CAN; Calgary, Alta.; 4/0)
DEFENDERS (7): 4-Axel Alejandre (FC United; Chicago, Ill.; 14/0), 3-Adam Armour (North Carolina FC; Cary, N.C.; 11/0), 13-Mauricio Cuevas (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.; 2/0), 14-Tayvon Gray (New York City FC; Bronx, N.Y.; 10/0), 5-Kobe Hernandez (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.; 14/1), 2-Joseph Scally (New York City FC; Lake Grove, N.Y.; 14/1), 15-John Tolkin (New York Red Bulls; Chatham, N.J.; 3/0)
MIDFIELDERS (5): 7-Gianluca Busio (Sporting Kansas City; Greensboro, N.C.; 7/2), 20-Gilbert Fuentes (San Jose Earthquakes; Tracy, Calif.; 13/0), 8-Bryang Kayo (D.C. United; Poolesville, Md.; 0/0), 6-Daniel Leyva (Seattle Sounders FC; Las Vegas, Nev.; 0/0), 16-Adam Saldana (LA Galaxy; Panorama City, Calif.; 17/1)
FORWARDS (6): 18-Jack de Vries (Philadelphia Union; Wayne, Pa.; 0/0), 17-Tyler Freeman (Sporting Kansas City; Shawnee, Kan.; 3/1), 19-Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez (Tacoma Defiance; Kent, Wash.; 14/5), 9-Ricardo Pepi (North Texas SC; McKinney, Texas; 6/1), 10-Giovanni Reyna (Unattached; Bedford, N.Y.; 8/1), 11-Griffin Yow (D.C. United; Clifton, Va.; 6/3)