Former Cienega LB Nathan Amico chosen for U.S. Under-19 National Team

Nathan Amico with University of Arizona freshman QB Jamarye Joiner (Andy Morales/

Former Cienega linebacker Nathan Amico made the roster for the U.S. Under-19 National Team set to compete in the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Championship in Mexico City later this month.

According to information from USA Football, Amico is one of 45 high school and college football players from 19 states on the 19U roster.

The team will train at NAU from July 3-12 before traveling to Mexico City with games scheduled to start on July 14. The Gold Medal Game is slated for July 22.

Besides the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico and Sweden are all taking part. Held every two years, USA Football earned the silver medal at the 2016 IFAF U-19 World Championship, losing to Canada 24-6.

The head coach of Team USA will be Matt Hennesy of Pawhuska (Oklahoma). Two coaches from Arizona will serve as assistants: Mike Patterson of Scottsdale Christian (safeties) and Kresean Reed of Phoenix College (cornerbacks).

Alec Meza-RB, Scottsdale College
Casey Clanton-TE, Central
Ben Roots-OL, Desert Mountain
Kaiden Baxter-OL, Phoenix College
Caleb Easley-WR, San Tan
Dax Hodges-WR, Mesa Community College
Scott Jones-DT, Phoenix College
Nathan Amico-LB, University of Arizona
Andrew Onyepunuka-LB, Brophy Prep
Isaac Gilliam-S, Phoenix College
Marques White-S, Brophy Prep

(USA Football)


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