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Timbers Academy player Akil Watts named to U.S. U-17 Men's National Team for 2017 Vaclav Jezek Tournament in Czech Republic

Timbers Academy defender Akil Watts was named to the U.S. U-17 Men's National team for the 2017 International Youth Tournament of Vaclav Jezek, from Aug. 21-27 in Prague, Czech Republic.

The U-17’s will begin play Tuesday, Aug. 22, when they face Hungary. The team will play again the following day against Russia and will conclude Group B play on Aug. 24 against Japan. The opponent for a final placement game, which will be played on Saturday, Aug. 26, will be determined following the conclusion of group play.

The U.S. competed with its U-18 team in this tournament a year ago, defeating host Czech Republic 4-2 in the final to win the championship.

The trip will serve as part of the U-17’s continued preparation for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup inIndia, where the team has been grouped with host India, Ghana and Colombia. The USA kicks off with the first game of Group A play on Oct. 6 against India.

Visit U.S. Soccer for more information.

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