A number of football players with regional ties have been selected to the U.S. Under-19 National Team that will compete July 7-16 in Kuwait as part of eight-nation field to determine a world champion.
The USA Football-governed team, comprised of 44 U.S. high school and college football players, will compete in the eight-nation International Federation of American Football Under-19 World Championship.
Included on the roster are Zach Fuller, an offensive lineman from Kansas City who plays at Benedictine; three Northwest Missouri State players from St. Louis — defensive end Jordan Harold, linebacker Nicholas Turner and offensive lineman Myles McIntyre — safety Chandler Houtman, an Owasso, Okla., native from Missouri Valley College; safety Peter Pfannenstiel, a Washburn student from Silver Lake, Kan.; offensive lineman Berry Benedick, a Marshall, Mo., native who plays at Lindenwood; offensive lineman Kelly Wortham of Yukon, Okla., who plays at Pitt State; and tight end Tyler Guice of McDonough, Ga., who plays at Hutchinson Community College.
The United States won the inaugural IFAF Under-19 World Championship in 2009 in Canton, Ohio. Canada claimed the 2012 gold medal in Austin, Texas.