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U-17 USMNT coach Wilmer Cabrera names 40-Player roster for spring semester of U.S. SOCCER Residency Program

U-17 USMNT coach Wilmer Cabrera names 40-Player roster for spring semester of U.S. SOCCER Residency Program

U-17 USMNT head coach Wilmer Cabrera. PHOTO by John Dorton / ISIPhotos.com

U-17 USMNT head coach Wilmer Cabrera. PHOTO by John Dorton / ISIPhotos.com

U.S. Will Participate in 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship from Feb. 12-27 in Montego Bay, Jamaica

Eight Players Entering First Semester of Residency; Eight Beginning Fourth Semester

CHICAGO (Jan. 11, 2010) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Wilmer Cabrera has finalized the 40 players who will train during the spring semester of U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. Cabrera will choose from these 40 players the roster that will represent the U.S. at the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in February.

The U.S. has been drawn into Group B of the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, which will serve as qualifying for the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, and will play Cuba on Feb. 14 and Panama on Feb. 18, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The top two teams in Group B will cross over to play the top two teams in Group A, which is made up of Costa Rica, El Salvador and Haiti, in the quarterfinals on Feb. 22. The winners of the four quarterfinal games will clinch a berth to the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico.

“We completed our roster with players who give us the best chance to compete for both qualifying in Jamaica and then hopefully the World Cup this summer,” said Cabrera. “The players understand that this is their final semester and final chance to show us that they deserve to be on those important rosters.”

Eight players are entering their first semester in Bradenton this Spring. Jordan Allen, Zach Carroll, Christian Duarte, AJ Jeffries, Michael King, Fernando Laverde, Jack McBean and Reed Norton will be looking to quickly impress the coaching staff ahead of World Cup qualifying in February (though Carroll was actually in Bradenton near the end of the Spring 2010 semester). Additionally, forward Alfred Koroma has rejoined the Residency Program after a one-year absence.

Of the eight new players, seven are currently part of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, and overall, 28 of the 40 players hail from Academy clubs. Seven of the new players, as well as Koroma, participated with the Development Academy Select teams during the 2010 Development Academy Winter Showcase, with McBean scoring for the Red team on Saturday, Dec. 4, in a 2-1 win against the Blue team.

“We have a group of players that will not only be our base for the upcoming tournaments, but will continue to develop individually and as a team in the Residency Program,” Cabrera said. “In the long run, we’ve had players in the past that haven’t been a part of qualifying or a World Cup but are now part of the core of the Under-18 team and the Under-20 national team. While there is a competitive side we need to prepare for, our overall goal is to make sure the players learn the fundamentals that will help them throughout their life and help them compete at the highest level.”

There are also eight players who have been in the Residency Program since the Fall of 2009, the beginning of the cycle: Alejandro Guido, Kellen Gulley, Andrew Oliver, Marc Pelosi, Fernando Piña, Mario Rodriguez, Nathan Smith and Andrew Souders. Now entering their fourth semester of the program, these experienced players will lead the team as it moves toward important tournaments this year.

Preparation for the upcoming qualifying tournament will include a trip to Jamaica at the end of the month to supplement the daily training in Florida.

The U.S. players live on campus at the IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., and train in the morning under the guidance of Cabrera and assistant coaches Paul Caffrey, Gerson Echeverry, Paul Grafer and Erik Imler. In the afternoon, the players attend classes at St. Stephens Episcopal School.

While in the full-time residency program, the U.S. team not only trains daily under Cabrera, but also has access to the IMG Academies facilities. The team regularly uses the state-of-the-art strength-training facilities, as well as brand new dormitories and meal rooms.

Beginning in 1999, the Residency Program has given players an opportunity to grow and move up the ladder in the world of soccer and become professionals in Major League Soccer, some of the biggest clubs in Europe and even make an impact on the full U.S. Men’s National Team. The program in Bradenton provides players with an environment where they can prosper as individual players and come together as a team ahead of regional and world competition.

Since its inception, more than 300 players have been through the full-time Residency Program, and more than 100 of those players have moved on to Major League Soccer, or the professional leagues in Europe. Twenty-three players have also registered at least one cap with the full MNT: Freddy Adu, Gale Agbossoumonde, Juan Agudelo, Jozy Altidore, DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman, Michael Bradley, Bobby Convey, Landon Donovan, Eddie Gaven, Omar Gonzalez, Eddie Johnson, Eric Lichaj, Justin Mapp, Chad Marshall, Dax McCarty, Oguchi Onyewu, Heath Pearce, Santino Quaranta, Robbie Rogers, Brek Shea, Jonathan Spector and Danny Szetela.

2011 U.S. Soccer U-17 Residency Spring Semester Roster by Position

GOALKEEPERS (4):  Wade Hamilton (Arsenal FC; Murietta, Calif.), Jake McGuire (Chivas USA Academy; Chino, Calif.), Kendall McIntosh (Mustang Academy; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Fernando Piña (Houston Dynamo Academy; Houston, Texas)

DEFENDERS (12): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas Juniors; Plano, Texas), Zach Carroll (Vardar; Grand Blanc, Mich.), Mobi Fehr (Tokyo Verdy 1969; Tokyo, Japan), AJ Jeffries (Chicago Fire Juniors; Downers Grove, Ill.), Michael King (Texans SC Houston; Spring, Texas), Luis Martir (Chivas Guadalajara; Los Angeles, Calif.), Alessandro Mion (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.), Reed Norton (Concorde Fire; Evans, Ga.), Miguel Polley (Derby County Wolves; West Bloomfield, Mich.), Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.), Andrew Souders (Crew Soccer Academy; Amherst, Ohio), Danny Zaid (Camp Elite Guatemala; Guatemala City)

MIDFIELDERS (15):  Jordan Allen (Empire United; Rochester, N.Y.), Joe Amon (South Carolina United FC; Summerville, S.C.), Marco Delgado (Cosmo Academy West; Glendora, Calif.), Christian Duarte (Texans SC Houston; League City, Texas), Patrick Foss (D.C. United Academy; South Riding, Va.), Alejandro Guido (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), Fernando Laverde (unattached; Cali, Colombia), Nico Melo (Florida Rush; Kissimmee, Fla.), Antonio Murillo (Neusport; Las Vegas, Nev.), Adam Najem (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Esteban Rodriguez (Cosmos Academy West; Palmdale, Calif.), Tarik Salkicic (Strictly Soccer; Pinellas Park, Fla.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids Academy; Brighton, Colo.), Colton Storm (HMMS Eagle FC; Mechanicsburg, Pa.)

FORWARDS (9): Paul Arriola (Arsenal FC; Chula Vista, Calif.), Kevin De La Torre (Chivas USA Academy; Winchester, Calif.), Daniel Flores (Cal Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Kellen Gulley (Mississippi Chicago Fire Juniors; Clinton, Miss.), Alfred Koroma (Solar Chelsea FC; Arlington, Texas), Jack McBean (Los Angeles Galaxy; Newport Beach, Calif.), Alex Muyl (Cosmos Academy East; New York, N.Y.), Andrew Oliver (Westside United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Mario Rodriguez (Central Aztecs; North Hollywood, Calif.)

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  1. It is good to see that the men on the team come from all over the planet.

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