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Meet the new U.S. U-17 residents
September 4th, 2008 9AM

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Wilmer Cabrera and the U.S. under-17 national team staff has recruited 17 new players -- one of the largest incoming classes in the history of the program, which was launched in 1999. Here's a look at the new players ...

GOALKEEPER
Jonathan Kempin
(K.C. Wizards Juniors). The only first-semester and only '93 goalkeeper in residency. Kempin previously attended Blue Valley North High School.

DEFENDERS
Michael Ambrose (Texas Fire). Defender played with the U.S. U-17s on their July trip to South American after attending Development Academy Summer Showcase in Greensboro. One of three '93 defenders to join residency. First player from El Paso, Texas, to make residency program.

Jordan McCrary (Concorde Fire, Ga.). Traveled with the U.S. U-15s to Spain in May. Another '93 defender.

Boyd Okwuonu (Tulsa Thunder, Okla.). Another '93 defender who has been in the national program since debuting with the U-14 development team in 2007. Father played college soccer after moving to the United States from Nigeria and three older brothers were prep stars at Edmond Santa Fe High School.

Eriq Zavaleta. Starred for Westfield (Ind.) High School (25 goals) and played for FC Pride. Led Indiana to the 2008 1992 boys title at the U.S. Youth Soccer ODP Championships. One of the biggest players in residency at 6-foot-2.

MIDFIELDERS
Jonathan Canales (West Coast FC, Calif.). Midfielder, nicknamed "Kiwi," joins former West Coast FC teammate Jaime Gutierrez in the residency program.

Dustin Corea (East Side United FC, Ore.). Midfielder played for Southern California's South Bay Force before moving to Milwaukie, Ore.

Sean Davis (Matchfit Academy, N.J.). A late bloomer who got noticed after a strong camp at the 2007 U.S. Youth Soccer Thanksgiving Interregionals. Midfielder traveled with U-17s to South America and Central America this summer.

Victor Garza (Premier Soccer Academies). Played for the Lonestar Soccer Club In Texas before moving to Brad Friedel's Premier Soccer Academies.

George Malki (FC Del Sol, Ariz.) Hails from a soccer-playing family of Assyrian descent. Also excelled at ice hockey, playing on the NHL Coyotes bantam team. Made the national select team reperesenting RSL Arizona at 2008 Super Y-League ODP camp.

Alex Molano (FC Dallas Juniors) Versatile midfielder is the son of former indoor star Willie Molano.

Joel Nash (Premier Soccer Academies). Played for the Ambassadors Gold team in Birmingham, Ala., before he was selected to attend Premier Soccer Academies. Garza and Nash also played on the Columbus Crew's academy team.

Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire Academy). Central midfielder had strong season with the Fire's academy team and earned all-conference honors in the Development Academy's U-15/16 age group. Toured with U-17s in South America over the summer. One of only four '93 midfielders in residency.

Dominic Sarle (BW Gottschee, N.Y.). One of five new players who secured their place in Bradenton during the team's two-week tour of Central America in early August.

FORWARDS
John Agudelo
(N.Y. Red Bulls Academy). Attended St. Benedict's Prep, the Newark school that produced Tab Ramos and Claudio Reyna. Played for the Red Bulls' U-15 New Jersey state championship team

Jonathan Brown (Central Jackson SO, Miss.).



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