[U.S. UNDER-17 BOYS] With a month to go before qualify begins, U.S. under-17 national team coach Wilmer Cabrera has brought in eight players for their first full semester at the residency program in Bradenton, and forward Alfred Koroma, who attended the program during the previous cycle, has rejoined the program after a one-year absence.
Jordan Allen, Zach Carroll (in Bradenton near the end of the spring 2010 semester), Christian Duarte, AJ Jeffries (son of Chicago Fire assistant Mike Jeffries), Michael King, Fernando Laverde (who hails from Cali, Colombia), Jack McBean and Reed Norton are the new players.
The USA has been drawn into Group B of the 2011 Concacaf U-17 Championship, which will serve as qualifying for the 2011 U-17 World Cup in Mexico, and will play Cuba on Feb. 14 and Panama on Feb. 18, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The winners of the four quarterfinal games on Feb. 22 will clinch a berth to the world championship.
“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.”
Nine players have left residency -- seven after only one semester.
Eight players have been in Bradenton since the beginning of the cycle in fall 2009: Alejandro Guido, Kellen Gulley, Andrew Oliver, Marc Pelosi, Fernando Pina, Mario Rodriguez, Nathan Smith and Andrew Souders.
Ten players came from MLS academy teams, while four players live abroad or were playing on foreign teams when they joined the program.
2011 U.S. Soccer U-17 Residency Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Wade Hamilton (Arsenal FC; Murietta, Calif.), Jake McGuire (Chivas USA Academy; Chino, Calif.), Kendall McIntosh (Mustang Academy; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Fernando Pina (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 Academy; 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 Academy; 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.).