Avila Soccer Stars Called Up to the US U15 Boys National Soccer Team Camp

Watch a Video of Jack Imperato at Avila Soccer

Avila Creative Soccer is immensely proud to have not one, but two of our finest players to be called on to the National Training Center in Southern California. Jack Imperato and Julian Gaines both made the U.S. U15 Boys National Team Camp Roster. Jack has trained with Avila since he was four and half years old and Julian was a member of our first ever Golden Ticket group.


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Article Written by J.R. Eskilson

The U.S. U15 Boys National Team is in camp this week at the National Training Center in Southern California. This is the first camp for the 2002 age group, which would make up the majority of the team for the 2019 U17 World Cup.


On Sunday, the roster for the camp was leaked on twitter. There are 48 players on the list including a number of players with familiar last names. New York City FC Director of Football Operations and former U.S. Soccer Technical Director Claudio Reyna’s son Giovanni is on the list. Masango Akale, the younger brother of U.S. U20 MNT midfielder Mukwelle Akale, and Julian Gaines, the younger brother of U.S. U17 MNT winger McKenzie Gaines, are both on the list. Efrain Alvarez, the younger brother of Colorado Rapids midfielder Carlos Alvarez, is also part of this group.


Lots of familiar ties make some names stand out, but there are others on the list that jump out for the big pool of players for other reasons. De Anza Force midfielder Jack Imperato has already attracted some admirers from European clubs. Twins Kayvon and Tayvon Gray were standouts in the Development Academy last season for the Cedar Stars. Kawika Kelii is the lone representative on the roster from Hawaii. 


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Summer is fast approaching and kids are starting to plan how they’ll spend their long break. So why not give them an alternative to couch surfing for two months? The Avila Creative Soccer summer camp is designed for kids of all ages and skill levels that want to have fun while they build their soccer skills.

It’s an all-you-can-play style camp that allows players to join in on one small group class and one specialty skills training session each day, Monday through Friday, for seven weeks. It offers flexibility so even if you have a busy summer schedule it’s still easy to get tons of value and playtime. Here are just a few more of the benefits of enrolling your child in the Avila Creative Soccer summer camp.

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A closer look at how March Madness unfolds shows us that there’s a lot to learn about "team" play from college basketball contenders.

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