Landon Donovan will coach at U.S. U-16 boys camp

A five-day under-16 boys national team talent identification training camp begins Thursday at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.

There will be three regional teams at the camp. They will play games against each other as well as U-19 squads from Tijuana and LA Galaxy. On the camp’s last day, the squads will be reshuffled and will play against each other in two intra-squad games.

Landon Donovan will serve as the coach of the East team. There is no U-16 national team coach so Crisitano Scapolo and Larry Sunderland, who took the U-16s to the UEFA Development Tournament in the Czech Republic in May, will again be working at the camp.

U.S. Soccer Director of Talent Identification Tony Lepore will head the training camp, while each regional team will be led by three technical staff, including the three boys’ TID managers: Henry Brauner (West), Garrett Biller (Central) and Cris da Silva (East).

The roster includes pros Dante Sealy (FC Dallas) and Selmir Miscic (Bethlehem). The camp marks the return of FC Dallas academy left back Jonathan Gomez, who spent August with Mexico's U-16s. The one foreign-based player in the squad is Texan defender Ralph Orquin, who plays for Club America's Fuerzas Basicas Sub 17 in Mexico.

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U.S. Under-16 Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (6): Andrew Cordes (Colorado Rapids), Lucas Hatsios (Charlotte Independence), Gavin Krenecki (Sporting Kansas City), Andrew Noel (New York Red Bulls), Anthony Ramos (LA Galaxy), Andres Zuluaga (Inter Miami)
DEFENDERS (19): Adrian Aguilar (LA Galaxy), Prince Amponsah (New York City FC), Justin Che (FC Dallas), Marcus Ferkranus (LA Galaxy), Kyle Genenbacher (Saint Louis FC), Jonathan Gomez (FC Dallas), Jacob Greene (D.C. United), Noah Hall (Columbus Crew), Sebastian Hernandez (LA Galaxy), Issac Homer (Portland Timbers), Dylan Hooper (Sporting KC), Dante Huckaby (Philadelphia Union), Eric Kinzner (Seattle Sounders), Adam Lundegard (D.C. United), Jalen Neal (LA Galaxy), Ralph Orquin (Club America/MEX), Kayden Pierre (Sporting KC), Anthony Sorenson (Philadelphia Union), Kobe Stoup (Atlanta United), Casey Walls (San Jose Earthquakes)
MIDFIELDERS (16): Paxten Aaronson (Philadelphia Union), Alejandro Alvarado (LA Galaxy), Javier Casas (Chicago Fire), Elton Chifamaba (Columbus Crew), Gerardo Duran (Portland Timbers), Daniel Edelman (PDA), Jeremy Garay (D.C. United),  Brian Gutierrez (Chicago Fire), Anthony Hernandez (Columbus Crew), Sota Kitahara (Seattle Sounders), Jack McGlynn (Philadelphia Union), Abel Mendoza (Real Salt Lake), Moses Nyeman (D.C. United), Nicholas Pariano (Philadelphia Union), Daniel Rios (Houston Dynamo), Edgar Serrano (Seattle Sounders)
FORWARDS (18): Ronald Arevalo (Cedar Stars Academy-Bergen), Caden Clark (Barca Academy), Christopher Garcia (Real Salt Lake), Arnold Giron (Los Angeles FC), Mauricio Gutierrez (Beach FC), Agnes Patrick Kader (Philadelphia Union), Selmir Miscic (Bethlehem Steel), Alex Monis (Chicago Fire), Kevin Paredes (D.C. United), Matthew Roou (Shattuck-Saint Mary’s), Samuel Sarver (Columbus Crew), Dante Sealy (FC Dallas), Collin Smith (FC Dallas), Thomas Tulgar (NY Red Bulls), Aidan Wolf (Columbus Crew), Tyler Wolff (Atlanta United), Darren Yapi (Colorado Rapids), Brandon Zelaya (San Jose Earthquakes)

Technical Staff: Medhi Ballouchy (New York City FC), Garrett Biller (TID Manager - Central), Henry Brauner (TID Manager - West), Cris da Silva (TID Manager - East), Landon Donovan (YNT Coach), Gene Klein (YNT Network Scout - Mid-America), Ian Mork (YNT Network Scout - Northern Calif.), Cristiano Scapolo (YNT Coach), Larry Sunderland (FC Cincinnati).

10 comments about "Landon Donovan will coach at U.S. U-16 boys camp".
  1. Wallace Wade, September 19, 2019 at 9:25 a.m.

    Wonder if Donovan has any qualifications as a Coach? Probably doesn’t matter to the Federation. 

  2. frank schoon replied, September 19, 2019 at 10:04 a.m.

    Wallace, I much rather prefer someone who has played at a high level with great playing experience than someone with a coaching license, a piece of paper, who probably watched Landon play on tv.
    What these kids at this age need is someone who has hands on experience , who can give them tips and how to improve their game which is more important. If you look at Ajax you will likewise see former players coaching or rather 'guiding' young players. At this stage is not about coaching but learning to play better....

  3. Paul Cox replied, September 19, 2019 at 3:10 p.m.

    It was reported back in 2016 that he was working on his USSF B license, so that's a reasonably high certification. Since then, of couse, he's had time to get even higher certifications.

  4. frank schoon replied, September 19, 2019 at 3:55 p.m.

    Paul, that he is certified is fine, but that is not where his knowledge of the game was acquired. In other words anyone who acquires the same level license that Landon has will know just as much about the game as Landon. 

  5. James Rose, September 19, 2019 at 4:12 p.m.

    Bigger question for Landon is “Are you willing to move to Chicago?” US Soccer requires their all their coaches to move to Chicago. This is the reason the former u16 head coach, Shaun Tsakiris, left US Soccer national team.

  6. Wilson Taguinod, September 19, 2019 at 10:56 p.m.

    Frank - I respectfully disagree.  Donovan's (or anyone who has played professionally as long as he) on-field experience is good preparation for ingesting the material and understanding how the coaching sessions transfer to game day.  If he has good communication skills and empathy for the U-16 players, he can contribute.

    The real problem here is USSF's insistance that all coaches live in the Chicago area.  This has turned out to be a negative delimiter and I am looking forward to the day that it is rescinded.

  7. frank schoon replied, September 20, 2019 at 9:21 a.m.

    Wilson, I understand what you're saying but coaching a National youth team is not like coaching a club team for your have such limited coaching time and you don't see the players that often; therefore other priorities  take precedence which tend to relate to more  expediency.
    Landon has been around the block a few times as related to his experience as a soccer player which allows him to function pretty well as a coach bringing over the necessary knowledge to the players.
    You're right about the communication skills and empathy part and that Chicago thing is "ballbuster' for it so stupid for it restricts in getting good coaches...

  8. Right Winger, September 21, 2019 at 11 p.m.

    Frank as usual you are right on.  There are many out there who are licensed but haven’t a clue.

  9. frank schoon replied, September 22, 2019 at 12:58 p.m.

    RW, watching that friendly with Mexico,looking at the GB and his staff confirms to me they are clueless...So many mistakes and tactical details overlooked out there....

  10. Jamie Nicewander, September 25, 2019 at 1:42 p.m.


    "I never realised that in order to become a jockey you have to have been a horse first."---Arrigo Sacchi

    My first reaction was the same as some,,Does Landon Donovan have any experience as a Coach?...his playing experience means very little as it equates to coaching quality (look no further then Diego Maradona). That being said...
    I think that we need to ask questions first before we jump to conclusions however, and it seems he has substantial 'badges' to back that up. Give Landon a shot.
    It's great to see them Somewhat looking around for players but how about an open youth format that is free where all kids could compete...I can tell you that he WILL NOT have the best U16 players in America at that U16 Boys Camp....but he COULD if he wanted to.

    Regretfully some employed in the Talent Identification system in U.S. Soccer are going through the motions for their jobs but they rarely reach out in a meaningful and highly productive manner to find kids throughout America...they are still doing what has always been done,,,and resulted in poor identification methods....but they COULD if they wanted to.

    Notice a majority of the kids who are going to be viewed are PAY to Play kids from systems that require substantial funds to play....leaving out economically disadvantaged kids....But they COULD locate the lower income, typically minority kids who have great talent if they wanted to.o
    Lets see if the EGOS prevail and only limited numbers of kids are considered or if a truly diverse collection of talent can be gathered regardless of economic factors...or maybe we just continue down the U.S. Soccer road of pay to play that keeps us from ever really Developing great talent in this Amazing Country with so much talent, and little creativity in using it all.

    On a positive note, thanks to all the Coaches out there who pass on their love of this sport  to young people and love developing young players who go on to be productive members of society...developing people, not just talent.
    Until next time...


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