[U.S. UNDER-17 BOYS] U.S. under-17 boys national team coach Wilmer Cabrera took 24 players to Madrid for 12 days of training at the Spanish soccer federation’s famed Ciudad de Futbol. The bulk of the squad consists of players who will be in residency this fall at the U-17 program in Bradenton, Fla., but Cabrera also took players based in Germany, Guatemala and Japan. For the complete U-17 roster ...
Mobi Fehr, 15, is a defender in the youth program at Japanese club Tokyo Verdy.
Midfielder Matthew Dunn joined FC Cologne's youth program last year from FC Dallas Juniors.
The American-born Danny Zaid was discovered playing at Futeca Camp Elite, a Guatemalan soccer academy.
Five players joined the U-17 program from MLS academy teams, while the team's top-rated forward, Kellen Gulley, is a product of the Mississippi Chicago Fire Juniors.
The U.S. team will play friendlies against youth teams from Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano, as well as two matches against Spain’s U-17s.
The 2011 CONCACAF U-17 championship, which will be held in Jamaica from Feb. 12-28.
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kendall McIntosh (Mustang Academy; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Fernando Pina (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (8): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Mobi Fehr (Tokyo Verdy; Tokyo, Japan), Alessandro Mion (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.), Cole Nagy (RSL-AZ; Scottsdale, Ariz.), Tarik Salkicic (Strictly Soccer; Pinellas Park, Fla.), Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.), Andrew Souders (Crew Soccer Academy; Amherst, Ohio), Danny Zaid (Camp Elite Guatemala; Guatemala City)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Ricardo Aldape (Lemont Raiders; Chicago Heights, Ill.), Joe Amon (South Carolina United FC; Summerville, S.C.), Matthew Dunn (FC Cologne; Dallas, Texas), Ruben Duran (Las Vegas Premier; Las Vegas, Nev.), Patrick Foss (D.C. United; South Riding, Va.), Alejandro Guido (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), Nico Melo (Florida Rush; Kissimmee, Fla.), Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Esteban Rodriguez (Cosmos Academy West; Palmdale, Calif.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.)
FORWARDS (4): Daniel Flores (Cal Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Kellen Gulley (MS Chicago Fire Juniors; Clinton, Miss.), Andrew Oliver (Westside United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Mario Rodriguez (Central Aztecs; North Hollywood, Calif.)