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Nine new players enter residency
by Paul Kennedy, January 30th, 2012 5:35PM

TAGS:  u-17 world cup, youth boys


[U.S. UNDER-17 BOYS] A class of 31 players began its second semester of its two-year cycle in U.S. Soccer's U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. They include nine new players, among them three players born in 1997: the highly touted Mukwelle Akale, Cameron Lindley and Tommy Redding.

The players are in preparation for the 2013 Concacaf U-17 Championship and are under the guidance of recently named head coach Richie Williams.

The New York Red Bulls lead all clubs with six players in residency. Chivas USA, Concorde Fire and NC Alliance have two each.

*=first-semester players.

U.S. U-17 Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Paul Christensen (Seattle Sounders; Woodinville, Wash.), Aleks Gogic (New York Red Bulls; Fort Lee, N.J.), *Marius Heislitz (Georgia United; Cumming, Ga.), Evan Louro (New York Red Bulls; South River, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (10): Adonis Amaya (Chivas USA; Westminster, Calif.), Conor Donovan (NC Alliance; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), *Caleb Duvernay (CASL Chelsea FC; Cary, N.C.), Elijah Martin (Cal Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), *Jorge Miranda (Real So Cal; Van Nuys, Calif.), Shaquell Moore (Cobb FC; Powder Springs Ga.), Kevin Politz (New York Red Bulls; Morganville, N.J.), *Tommy Redding (FC America Premier; Oviedo, Fla.), John Requejo Jr. (Real So Cal; Carpinteria, Calif.), Tyler Turner (South Central Premier; West Haven, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Jorge Calix (D.C. United; Alexandria, Va.), Steven Echevarria (New York Red Bulls; Slate Hill, N.Y.), Junior Flores (McLean Youth Soccer; Manassas Park, Va.), Angel Heredia (San Jose Earthquakes; San Jose, Calif.), Guyllain Kabala (New England Revolution; Manchester, N.H.), Christopher Lema (New York Red Bulls; Ridgefield, N.J.), *Cameron Lindley (Indiana United Fire Academy; Carmel, Ind.), *Aaron Meyer (FC Dallas; Carrollton, Texas)
FORWARDS (9): *Mukwelle Akale (Minnesota Thunder; Minneapolis, Minn.), Corey Baird (San Diego Surf; Escondido, Calif.), Bradford Jamieson (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), DeAndre Robinson (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.), Rubio Rubin (Westside Metros; Beaverton, Ore.), *Ahinga Selemani (CSA Wolves; Ann Arbor, Mich.), *Lawrence Taiwo (NC Alliance; Raleigh, N.C.), Wesley Wade (New York Red Bulls; South Orange, N.J.), Dembakwi Yomba (Concorde Fire Academy; Lithonia, Ga.)

  1. Ricardo Velez
    commented on: January 31, 2012 at 4:36 a.m.
    To all, This is just a humble comment. I frankly believe that more extensive research and meticulous scouting must be done to give residency opportunities to other players. There are those who lack the financial means but have excellent talent and are never considered for the program. Or there are those who have not been selected because a lot of coaches lack the knowledge, the expertise and the avid eye to make a good judgment. The consequence will be that some United States players will be gradually emigrating to Europe and South America to join great football clubs/academies. Sincerely, Ricardo Velez
  1. Kerry Ogden
    commented on: January 31, 2012 at 8:39 a.m.
    You said it well Ricardo, I agree 100 % with you that there are very talented kids around the country that don't get the recognition due to the fact that the financial burden to parents are too great in today's economy. I myself had to take my son out of the NY Elite Soccer progam due to cost and the separation from my wife.I also feel that the MLS should look at fielding at least 6 Americans out of the 11 man starting field to help build a better pool to select from for the US MNT. For the size of our country it's sad to say that we're light yrs. behind our competition and with the current pool to select from limits the US's chances for having a very successful team down the road. I love the game and hope that more can be done down the road for our up and coming talent nationally.
  1. Walt Pericciuoli
    commented on: January 31, 2012 at 11:06 a.m.
    I believe the residency program is on its' last legs.Expect changes in the next few years, with the local academy clubs taking on the major responsibility for identifying and developing players.It will work only if they are fully funded and no players have to pay to play.
  1. Dave Schechter
    commented on: February 1, 2012 at 12:30 p.m.
    One correction, of a sort. Dembakwi Yomba, listed as being with Concorde Fire Academy, to my knowledge ever played in their jersey. Dembakwi started at TYSA (Tucker Youth Soccer Association) in Atlanta and then moved to CFC-East (Cobb Football Club-East); coached in both places by former Manchester City (and elsewhere) midfielder Neil McNab and his sons, Neil and Joe. They deserve the credit.
  1. Dave Schechter
    commented on: February 1, 2012 at 12:31 p.m.
    Make that Dembakwi Yomba never played for Concorde.

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