[U.S. UNDER-17 BOYS] A new class of Bradenton residents headed off Thursday on their first foreign trip. After a week of training in Manchester, England, they will head to Gradisca, Italy, for the International Tournament of Gradisca.
Coach Wilmer Cabrera has finalized the 20-player team that will train on the grounds of Premier League giant Manchester City. In addition to daily training on the academy grounds, the U.S. will face youth teams from Manchester City and Wigan next week.
The U-17s will open at the 23rd International Tournament of Gradisca against Mexico on April 25. They will then play Romania on April 26 and Croatia on April 27, with semifinals slated for April 28 and the final for April 30.
There are 15 players on the roster who helped the team to a 4-1 win against Mexico on Feb. 24 in Raymond James Stadium, including goalscorers Kellen Gulley, Alejandro Guido and Marc Pelosi. One player not currently in Residency, Matt Dunn, will be joining the team from Germany.
U.S. U-17 Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Wade Hamilton (Arsenal FC), Fernando Pina (Houston Dynamo Academy)
DEFENDERS (7): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas Juniors), Holden Fender (North Atlanta SA), Riggs Lennon (Sereno SC), Alessandro Mion (Miami FC Kendall), Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force), Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey), Andrew Souders (Columbus Crew Academy)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Joe Amon (South Carolina United), Matt Dunn (FC Cologne, Germany), Alejandro Guido (Aztecs FC Premier), Nico Melo (Florida Rush), Tarik Salkicic (Strictly Soccer)
FORWARDS (6): Nicko Corriveau (Bethesda SC), Kellen Gulley (MS Chicago Fire Juniors), Takuya Okada (Aztecs FC Premier), Andrew Oliver (Westside United), Esteban Rodriguez (LAFC Chelsea), Mario Rodriguez (Central Aztecs)