Sporting Kansas City Academy defender Ramiz Hamouda and goalkeeper Jack Kortkamp were selected for U.S. U-15 Youth National Team training camp in Carson, Calif as the group is continuing its preparations for this year’s 2023 Concacaf U-15 Boys’ Championship. The camp will run from March 3-11 and will take place at Dignity Health Sports Park.
Hamouda and Kortkamp play for Sporting Kansas City's U-15 side in the SKC Academy and compete in MLS NEXT under head coach Luis Pacheco. The duo played a role in guiding Sporting to the MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs last summer, forming the defensive core of a team that showed out at the inaugural MLS NEXT Flex tournament in Maryland, punching their ticket to the playoffs.
Hamouda, a 14-year-old native of Lincoln, Nebraska, joined the Sporting KC Academy in 2020 and made a quick impact by helping the U-14s win the 2021 US Youth Futsal National Championship. The left-sided defender rose to the U-15 ranks in 2022, notably scoring goals in MLS NEXT action against Texas rivals Solar SC and Austin FC. He attended his first USYNT training camp in January along with Kortkamp.
Kortkamp is a 15-year-old goalkeeper taking part in his third USYNT camp after participating in a U.S. U-15 training camp at Compass Minerals National Performance Center in Kansas City, Kansas, last October as well as the camp in January. He joined the Sporting Kansas City Academy in the summer of 2021 and has since represented club and country as one of the most talented American goalkeepers in his age group.
The U.S. U-15s will gather for the second time in 2023 under second-year head coach Tom Heinemann, who was appointed to his current role last February. The Sporting KC U-15s have now had four players called to international duty with Hamouda and Kortkamp following in the footsteps of Dominik Baczewski (Poland) and Dylan Mirakian (Armenia).
U.S. U-15 ROSTER BY POSITION (CLUB)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jack Kortkamp (Sporting Kansas City), William Mackay (Real Salt Lake), Aidan Stokes (New York Red Bulls)
DEFENDERS (8): Miguel Alvardo (Colorado Rapids), Sebastian Chavez (New York City FC), Charly Dealmonte (Nashville SC), Ramiz Hamouda (Sporting Kansas City), Micah Harris (Houston Dynamo FC), Isaiah Kaakoush (Barca Residency Academy), Adunade Molomo (FC Dallas), Oliver Tan (San Jose Earthquakes)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Liam Lambert (Los Angeles FC), Cristopher Madera Acosta (Colorado Rapids), Dalziel Ozuna (San Antonio FC), Austin Su (Columbus Crew), Cavan Sullivan (Philadelphia Union), Jude Terry (Los Angeles FC)
FORWARDS (6): Chance Cowell (Sacramento Republic FC), Kaelen Dougan (San Jose Earthquakes), Julian Hall (New York Red Bulls), Jamir Johnson (Philadelphia Union), Anisse Saidi (Philadelphia Union), David Salukombo (Columbus Crew)