U.S. Under-17 men's national team coach John Hackworth
has named the 21-player roster that will represent the USA at the 2007 FIFA Under-17 World Cup Aug. 18-Sept. 9 in South Korea.
two of the players are from the 40 available players in U.S. Soccer's U-17 residency program based in Bradenton, Fla. Tommy Meyer
, a former Bradenton resident,
and Daniel Cruz
are not currently part of residency.
Five players from the younger 1991 age group -- Bryan
, Gregory Garza
, Abdusalam Ibrahim
, Zac MacMath
and Kofi Sarkodie
-- earning a spot from Hackworth. Sarkodie, brother of 2005 U-17 captain Ofori Sarkodie
, made the final with a
strong showing since qualifying last spring.
Kofi Sarkodie, Chris Klute and Kirk Urso were three residents who didn't make qualifying roster but did make the final roster. Four players
who made the qualifying roster won't be traveling to South Korea: Howard Turk
, Alex Dixon
, Nick Millington
and Jesse Paredes
Paredes' non-selection means that no player from the soccer hotbed of Southern California made the
U-17 World Cup team.
The roster includes three Dallas Texans: Jared Jeffrey
, Dane Shea
"We felt all along that the talented pool of players in this age group is very deep, making our decisions extremely difficult," said Hackworth. "However, we feel that we selected players
that have proven that they are dedicated to our team's success at the World Cup." U.S. ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS Larry Jackson
DeAnza Force Josh Lambo
Chicago Magic Zac MacMath
Clearwater Chargers DEFENDERS Mykell Bates
River City Clash Chris Klute
Dallas Texans Tommy Meyer
Scott Gallagher Kofi Sarkodie
Mutiny Brek Shea
Texans FC Kirk Urso
Chicago Sockers Brandon Zimmerman
Crossfire Premier Sheanon Williams
FC Greater Boston Bolts MIDFIELDERS Gregory Garza
Dallas Texans Jared Jeffrey
Dallas Texans Brendan King
Chicago Magic Alex Nimo
FC Portland Academy Daniel Wenzel
United FORWARDS Daniel Cruz
Sereno Soccer Club Bryan Dominguez
Concorde Fire Abdusalam Ibrahim
FC Dallas Ellis McLoughlin
Crossfire Premier Billy
Matchfit Academy U.S. SCHEDULE Aug. 20
Tajikistan in Changwon Aug. 23
Tunisia in Changwon Aug. 26
Belgium in Cheonan U.S.
All 52 matches of the tournament will be broadcast by ESPNU and ESPN360.com.
All three of the USA's group matches being aired live on ESPNU. In addition, the USA's
second match against Tunisia on Thursday, Aug. 23 will be simulcast live on ESPN2 at 3:45 a.m. ET.
Every game in the knockout phase, which includes the round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals,
third-place game and final, will be aired on ESPNU.
Every live match on ESPNU will be re-aired at a later time to accommodate U.S. viewers.