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Barca youth player gets call-up
by Paul Kennedy, November 15th, 2012 2:27PM

TAGS:  barcelona, spain, youth boys


[U.S. UNDER-14 BOYS] Ben Lederman, the 12-year-old who entered Barcelona's youth academy in 2011, is one of 36 players U.S. under-14 national team head coach Hugo Perez has brought in for the team’s training camp that begins Saturday at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Lederman played for the “Alevin A” side in 2011-12 and is now listed on the “Infantil B” roster, the next step up the ladder, for the 2012-13 season.

The other foreign-based player is Vincent Borden, plays for the youth academy of Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb.

Lederman is one of six players born in 2000. Defender Khai Brisco, midfielders Taylor Davila and Christopher Goslin and forwards Ryan Palmbaum and Timothy Weah, the son of the great George Weah, are the others.

The training camp, the second of the year for the age group, will feature scrimmages against local opponents Pateadores, United FC and So Cal Select.

U.S. U-14 Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Carlos Avilez (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Xavier Kennedy-Reed (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Ethan Koehler (New York Red Bulls; Maplewood, N.J.), Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (11): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Vincent Borden (Ithaca, N.Y., Dinamo Zagreb), Khai Brisco (Highline Premier FC; Renton, Wash.), Bekele Dowty (Blackhills FC; Olympia, Wash.), Mckay Eves (Las Vegas Heat; Las Vegas, Nev.), Kyle Gruno (PDA; Saddle River, N.J.), Antonio Nava (De Anza Force; Redwood City, Calif.), Matthew Real (FC Delco; Drexel Hill, Pa.), Cody Sundquist (Placer United; Lincoln, Calif.), Samuel Vines (Pride SC; Colorado Springs, Colo.), Carson Vom Steeg (Santa Barbara SC; Santa Barbara, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Ateno Ajeakwa (LA Galaxy; Gardena, Calif.), Colin Brezniak (Potomac; Hanover, Pa.), Jose Carranza (NVSC; Manassas, Va.), Taylor Davila (Real So Cal; Sherman Oaks, Calif.), Martin De Leon (MN Thunder Academy; Brooklyn Center, Minn.), Christopher Goslin (UFA Elite; Locust Grove, Ga.), Roberto Hernandez (Texas Rush; Houston, Texas), Milan Iloski (San Diego Surf, Escondido, Calif.), Ben Lederman (FC Barcelona; Barcelona, Spain), Nicholas Taitague (FC Richmond Magic; Midlothian, Va.), Juan Torres (GSA; Lilburn, Ga.)
FORWARDS (10): Jonathan Amon (SC United Battery; Summerville, S.C.), Lucas Del Rosario (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Omir Fernandez (BW Gottschee; New York, N.Y.), Jonathan Gonzalez (Atletico Santa Rosa; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Jeanpaul Marin (Downtown United SC; Rego Park, N.Y.), Jose Ortiz (LA Galaxy; Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.), Ryan Palmbaum (Estudiantes De La Plata; Roseville, Calif.), Daniel Sanchez (Tecos Hayward Club; Hayward, Calif.), Adolfo Trujillo (De Anza Force; Livermore, Calif.), Timothy Weah (BW Gottschee; Rosedale, N.Y.)

  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: November 16, 2012 at 12:03 a.m.
    40% from 1 state. 25% from one other state. California is a top soccer state, I know, but 40%? New York Red Bulls always seem to have a BIG number of players on National Team. Am I missing something? Its either other big soccer states Like Illinois, for example, don't have a chance or are inferior talent wise as the rest of the USA. I don't think that's it.
  1. Thomas Hosier
    commented on: November 16, 2012 at 2 p.m.
    Luis Arreola ... good point! I know ODP (Olympic Development Program) is out there for all states but in may opinion it has just turned into a money pit for the wealthy ... too many really talented players are being let behind because of "play for pay soccer." Some really talented players in West Texas have to drive 350 to tryout for ODP and if they make it they have to drive 350 miles to every ODP practice. Sucks!

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