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Orange County SC’s Aaron Cervantes, Bryang Kayo named to U.S. U-17 World Cup squad

Duo makes the plane to Brazil.

Liza Rosales | Liza Rosales Photography (courtesy of Orange County SC)

U.S. Soccer unveiled the roster for the U.S. Men’s National Team for the U-17 World Cup, set to be played later this month in Brazil, and two players on professional deals with USL Championship side Orange County SC, goalkeeper Aaron Cervantes and midfielder Bryang Kayo, have been named to the squad.

Head coach Raphael Wicky has named 21 players to the squad, which will play in Group D against Senegal (Oct. 27), Japan (Oct. 30) and the Netherlands (Nov. 2), looking to better their showing in the last U-17 World Cup, a quarterfinal finish.

Cervantes has been an emerging star for Orange County this year, stepping in amid a goalkeeper shuffle for much of the campaign and maturing on the job as he’s gone. He’s made 11 appearances in league play this season, and was recently named to the USL “20 Under 20” list for 2019. He’s been rotating to get game time with the U-17s this year, but as the goalkeeper called up with the fewest appearances at this age level, competition is likely to be fierce to get playing time at the World Cup.

Kayo is a recent addition to Orange County’s roster, signing with the team last month out of the D.C. United academy. The midfielder has been named to the bench several games in a row, but has yet to make his first-team debut for OCSC at this point. Reportedly highly touted by European clubs, eyes will likely be on him to see how he does on a big stage.

Congrats to Aaron and Bryang, and best of luck at the World Cup!

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