U.S. under-15 national team camp

[ROSTER] The U.S. under-15 boys national team is participating in a week-long camp that will conclude Sunday at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. Five players from the New York Red Bulls are among the 14 players from MLS academy programs.

U.S. director of scouting Tony Lepore called 36 players into camp, where he is being assisted by new U.S. U-18 coach Richie Williams, PA Classics head coach Steve Klein, and FC Dallas Academy head coach Oscar Pareja.

Nineteen players hail from clubs that are members of the Development Academy. The New York Red Bulls send five players to the camp, while Minnesota Thunder, San Jose Earthquakes and Players Development Academy send two players each.

U.S. U-15 Boys Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Cameron Keys (Philadelphia Union academy; Whitehill, Pa.), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes academy; Alamo, Calif), Parker Siegfried (Columbus Crew academy; Granville, Ohio), Justin Vom Steeg (Santa Barbara SC; Santa Barbara, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (8): David Chavez (Juventus Forza; Redwood City, Calif.), Malcolm Jones (Chivas USA academy; Chino Hills, Calif.), Henry Martin (New York Red Bulls academy; New York, N.Y.), Quentin Pearson (Colorado Storm; Longmont, Calif.), Pablo Pelaez (Albion SC; San Diego, Calif.), Tommy Redding (FC America Premier; Oviedo, Fla.), Peter Schropp (Omaha FC; Omaha, Neb.), Max Stiegwardt (Minnesota Thunder academy; Maple Grove, Minn.)
MIDFIELDERS (13): John Antunes (New York Red Bulls academy; Fairfield, N.J.), Amir Bashti (San Jose Earthquakes academy; Cupertino, Calif.), Chet Castellaw (Real So Cal; Hidden Hills, Calif.), Christopher Gomez (PDA; Jamison, Pa.), Cameron Lindley (Indiana United Fire; Carmel, Ind.), Juan Martinez (Houston Dynamo academy; Dayton, Texas), Gideon Metrikin (New York Red Bulls academy; New York, N.Y.), Maduabuchi Obinwa (FC America SA Orlando; Windermere, Fla.), Martin Salas (FC Dallas Juniors; Dallas, Texas), Orestis Sousonis (New York Red Bulls academy; Dover, N.J.), David Villegas (Davis Legacy; Sacramento, Calif.), Sean Wilson (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.), Gedion Zelalem (Olney Rangers; Bethesda, Md.)
FORWARDS (11): Mukwelle Akale (Minnesota Thunder academy; Minneapolis, Minn.), Marc Calderon (South Bay Gunners; Huntington Park, Calif.), Coy Craft (Fusion FC; Glade Springs, Va.), Malcolm Dixon (New York Red Bulls academy; Glenridge, N.J.), Sebastian Elney (Boca United; Lake Worth, Fla.), Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire academy; Downers Gove, Ill.), Brooks Lennon (Sereno SC; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Amirgy Pineda (Fullerton Rangers; Santa Ana, Calif.), Yosef Samuel (GSA; Atlanta, Ga.), Diego Silva (La Roca; Bountiful, Utah), Alejandro Vergara (LA Galaxy academy; Long Beach, Calif.)

6 comments about "U.S. under-15 national team camp".
  1. Luis Arreola, December 14, 2011 at 11:05 a.m.

    Good to see that at least 1/3 of these players are Hispanic. This should be seen as a positive for out community so all can know that we continue to provide more positives than negatives for this nation and are contributing as top soccer talents. We are getting closer to the 50% minimum that I believe should reflect the overall soccer level. Buen trabajo muchachos!!!

  2. Duncan Scott, December 14, 2011 at 2:50 p.m.

    Super Man & Luis -- I think Luis goes too far here, but I also don't think what he said was racist. First of all, Hispanic is not a race by any accepted racial classification. What do an Argentine, a Dominican, a Panamanian and a Mexican have in common? Well, no more than an American, an Englishman, and an Australian. This is what I will say about the issue:: That we have this many Latinos on the team may mean that the Pay-To-Play barrier may be less of a factor each year. Overall, the Pay-To-Play model is a problem for recent immigrant groups or any minority group, no matter how long here. When kids are picked from expensive to play for club at college showcases, and when ODP costs as it does, and when Academies still have not met their goal of reducing fees to players, we cannot have a true representation of what sort of player potential we have. Maybe the number of Latinos will go up more, maybe not, but I do know that the number of African-Americans in my city playing top level soccer would go up. In addition, let's face it that Latinos play only one sport. American/white kids often play several and do not play on their own with their families and friends at any age, so they often don't get the touches that many in the Latino community do growing up.

  3. Luis Arreola, December 15, 2011 at 10:13 a.m.

    Stuper and Duncan, I too do not think your comments were at all racist. Stuper is extremely sensitive to these type of comments. I think he is secretely a woman. He is usually the only one to think my comments are racist. I can see why you would think that Latinos/Hispanics play soccer only. I think what you meant to say was that soccer is our number one sport, which it truly is. Because of this fact we are more passion ate about the sport

  4. Luis Arreola, December 15, 2011 at 10:24 a.m.

    Duncan, I don't think your comments were at all racist. Stuper, is a hipocrit. He is usually the only one to think my comments are racist. I think what you meant to say is Latinos/Hispanics #1 sport is soccer and not the only sport. We are more passionate about the sport than many other races in the usa. This is easily seen. Just like black's with basketball and whites with golf. Of course there will be other races as passionate and as good but as a majority every race has its forte and should reflect so. That is all I am saying. Latinos are good at Basketball with Argentina, Brazil and Spain standing out and Baseball. Mexico is top 5 in basketball in Latino America but what stands out more or as only sport is soccer in our race and communities. Just like basketball in the hood. It is what it is. Why can't you accept reality Stuper Man? Do you really think you're a super hero?

  5. Luis Arreola, December 15, 2011 at 10:55 a.m.

    Stuper, again with the hipocracy. I said "more passionate as a majority ". And I also said "all races are good at all sports" before many times but as majority certain races are more passionate and better at certain sports. No matter how good Tiger is at golf there are many more whites more passionate and better at golf than black's. No matter how good Nowitzki is at Basketball there are way more better black basketball players than white. These facts easily reflect in USA sports. The same should be for soccer with Latinos/Hispanics. Comprende?

  6. Luis Arreola, December 15, 2011 at 1:53 p.m.

    These are facts that you're hipocracy can not accept. That's all.

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