By Mike Woitalla
The 32 players attending the U.S. U-17 boys national team Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida, for the cycle leading to the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India hail from 18 states.
California is best represented with five players, followed by four Georgia, all from Georgia United.
States represented on
3 Florida, Virginia.
2 Illinois, New Jersey, New York.
1 Connecticut, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Oregon, Texas, Washington, Ontario (Canada).
The Californians include Ben Lederman, who joined Barcelona’s youth program in 2011 but was ruled ineligible for competitive play in Spain when FIFA found Barcelona in violation of its ban on the transfer of minors across international borders.
U.S. Soccer launched the U-17 Residency Program in 1999 and the first class included Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman, Bobby Convey and Oguchi Onyewu, who went on to represent the USA at the senior World Cup. Other notable Bradenton alums include Eddie Johnson, Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, Juan Agudelo and Omar Gonzalez.
John Hackworth, the U.S. U-17 head coach in 2004-2007, returned to the helm in December, replacing Richie Williams.
The current roster consists of players born in 2000. Hackworth said that 2001-born players are likely to be added in the second semester.
The team’s first international tournament of 2016 is the Aegean Cup in Turkey Jan. 14-24.
U.S. U-17 Residency Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Alexander Budnik (Sockers FC; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Justin Garces (Kendall FC; Miami, Fla.), Quantrell Jones (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore, Md.), Hunter Pinho (PDA; Cranford, N.J.).
DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Asensio (Roswell, Ga.; Georgia United), Michael Edwards (Woodbridge, Va.; D.C. United), Tyler Freitas (North Attleboro, Mass; New England Revolution), Jean-Julian Foe Nuphaus (San Jose, Calif.; San Jose Earthquakes), Christopher Gloster (Montclair, N.J.; New York Red Bulls), Benjamin Huynh (Seattle Sounders; Everett, Wash.), Ian Murphy (Redlands, Calif.; FC Golden State), Tyler Shaver (Riverside, Conn.; Beachside Soccer Club), Chandler Vaughn (D.C. United; Woodbridge, Va.).
MIDFIELDERS (11): George Acosta (Weston FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Patrick Ajdukiewicz (Sockers FC; Barrington, Ill.), Isaac Angking (Providence, R.I.; New England Revolution), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Christopher Goslin (Georgia United; Locust Grove, Ga.), Ben Lederman (Barcelona, Spain; IMG Academy), James Sands (New York SC; Rye, N.Y.), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.), Akil Watts (Fort Wayne, Ind.; IMG Academy).
FORWARDS (8): Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Andrew Carleton (Georgia United; Powder Springs, Ga.), Zyen Jones (Clarkston, Ga.; Georgia United), Niccolo Lemoine (Livermore, Calif.; De Anza Force), Alejandro Pereira (Oveido, Fla.; Orlando City FC), William Sands (Rye, N.Y.; New York SC), Joshua Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallen, Mo.), Tonny Temple (IMG Academy; Millville, Pa.).
U.S. U-17 girls host England, Japan and South Korea
For the third consecutive year, U.S. Soccer will host a four-team U-17
women’s international tournament at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California. The U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational, a round robin with host USA, England, Japan and South
Korea, takes place Feb 11-15.
Japan vs. Korea Republic
USA vs. England
England vs. Japan
USA vs. South Korea
South Korea vs. England
USA vs. Japan