[U.S. U-17 RESIDENCY PROGRAM] The class of 31 players that began the second semester of its two-year cycle in
U.S. Soccer's U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., included nine new players. For a look at the newbies ...
MUKWELLE AKALE (Minnesota Thunder Academy). The Thunder was the only non-MLS club to send more than one player to the October U-15 national team camp when Max Stiegwardt and Akale were invited.
CALEB DUVERNAY (CASL Chelsea FC, N.C.). Defender recently completed sophomore season at Cary (N.C.) High School.
MARIUS HEISLITZ (Georgia United). Goalie trained at Empoli (Italy) and West Ham (England) ... Holds German passport.
CAMERON LINDLEY (Indiana United Fire Academy). Midfielder stood out at Development Academy's 2011 Winter Showcase. As a 13-year-old player, he played for Indiana United last season in the U-17/18 Development Academy.
AARON MEYER (FC Dallas; Texas). Midfielder played for FC Dallas U-17s at 2011 Generation adidas Cup. Also got a shot at the December mini-camp after showing good skill with both feet at the 2011 Winter Showcase.
JORGE MIRANDA (Real So Cal, Calif.). Defender was one of only three new residents to travel with the U-17s to Aegean Cup in Turkey in January.
TOMMY REDDING (FC America Premier, Fla.). Midfielder traveled with U-14 national team to Mexico and the Nike id2 International team to Scotland and England in 2011.
AHINGA SELEMANI (CSA Wolves, Mich.). Forward was named to the second-team all-state team as a sophomore at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School.
LAWRENCE TAIWO (NC Alliance, N.C.). Forward also traveled with the U-17s to Turkey in January.
The 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.).