[MERCEDES-BENZ AEGEAN CUP]The U.S. under-17 boys national team began its last international trip under Coach Wilmer Cabrerawith a 2-1 loss to host Turkey in the opening game of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz Aegean Cup in Manisa, Turkey.
-- Turkey scored within the first six minutes of each half to earn revenge for its 2-1 loss to the USA at the 2011 Nike Friendlies in Florida. DeAndre Robinson scored the lone U.S. goal in the match, cutting the deficit in half in the 54th minute. Next up: Denmark on Wednesday and the Czech Republic on Friday.
-- Of the 20 players traveling to Turkey, 17 featured at the 2011 Nike International Friendlies in December, including all five of the U.S. goalscorers: Rubio Rubin, Wesley Wade, Tyler Turner, Junior Flores and Robinson.
-- Traveling with the squad for the first time since entering residency are defender Jorge Miranda, midfielder Aaron Meyer and forward Lawrence Taiwo. Both Miranda and Taiwo have youth club teammates on the U-17s traveling in Turkey.
U.S. Under-17 Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2):Paul Christensen (Seattle Sounders academy; Woodinville, Wash.), Evan Louro (New York Red Bulls academy; South River, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (6):Adonis Amaya (Chivas USA academy; Westminster, Calif.), Connor Donovan (NC Alliance; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Jorge Miranda (Real So Cal; Van Nuys, Calif.), Shaquell Moore (Cobb FC; Powder Springs Ga.) John Requejo Jr. (Real So Cal; Carpinteria, Calif.), Tyler Turner (South Central Premier; West Haven, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (7):Steven Echevarria (New York Red Bulls academy; Slate Hill, N.Y.), Junior Flores (McLean Youth Soccer; Manassas Park, Va.), Angel Heredia (San Jose Earthquakes academy; San Jose, Calif.), Guyllain Kabala (New England Revolution academy; Manchester, N.H.), Christopher Lema (New York Red Bulls academy; Ridgefield, N.J), Aaron Meyer (FC Dallas Juniors; Carrollton, Texas), Rubio Rubin (Westside Metros; Beaverton, Ore.)
FORWARDS (5): Corey Baird (San Diego Surf; Escondido, Calif.), DeAndre Robinson (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.), Lawrence Taiwo (NC Alliance; Raleigh, N.C.), Wesley Wade (New York Red Bulls academy; South Orange, N.J.), Dembakwi Yomba (Concorde Fire Academy; Lithonia, Ga.)