Three Houston Dynamo Academy players were named to the U-17 U.S. Youth National Team roster for a seven-day camp, U.S. Soccer announced today. The three players invited by the federation are Nolan Anderson, Andre Gitau and Ezekiel Soto.
This is the first call up for Anderson who joined the Dynamo Academy earlier this year. The goalkeeper previously played for Murrieta Soccer Academy in California. Anderson is in his first season with the Dynamo Academy who open MLS NEXT play in September.
Gitau recently represented the Club at the 2022 MLS NEXT All-Star Game in Minnesota. Gitau was the youngest player on the All-Star roster and earned the start for the West. The talented attacker was named to the Rising XI prior to the 2022 Generation adidas Cup and his performance at the MLS NEXT Cup in June earned him a spot on the “Best Of” game at the U-16 category. The 15-year-old regularly trains with Houston Dynamo 2 and has been a regular member of the U-17 U.S. Youth National Team.
Soto is entering his second season with the Dynamo Academy and recently began training with Dynamo 2. This is the fourth USYNT appearance for Soto who was the youngest player named to the U-17 roster in May. Both Gitau and Soto represented the Dynamo Academy at the international level in a pair of friendlies in Argentina in March and a UEFA Development Tournament in Portugal earlier this year.