CHICAGO (Jan. 2, 2012) – U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has named 24 players to the roster that will train Jan. 2-9 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
All 24 players have ties to the Development Academy, with 21 players currently playing in the Academy. The remaining three players on the roster are Academy alumni, with Albertson SC’s Nicholas Gaitan currently at Argentinos Juniors in Argentina, Romain Gall from D.C. United Academy plying his trade at FC Lorient in France and FC DELCO product Zach Pfeffer at the Philadelphia Union. Williams’ roster also includes 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup veterans Kellyn Acosta and Paul Arriola.
Williams leads his first camp since being named head coach in October 2011. He will lead his age group through international tournaments and domestic training camps throughout the year to develop the players and to integrate the U-18 program into the same structure as the Men’s National Team in terms of style of play, training sessions and fitness testing.
U.S. U-18 MNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Ethan Horvath (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zackary Steffen (FC DELCO; Downington, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (8): Miguel Alves (Players Development Academy; Newark, N.J.), Robert Michael Amick (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Suliaman Dainkeh (D.C. United; Reston, Va.), Dylan Greenberg (Albertson SC; Dix Hills, N.Y.), Trevor Haberkorn (Solar Chelsea SC; Keller, Texas), Matthew Habrowski (Crew Soccer Academy Wolves; Berkley, Mich.), Jalen Markey (Seattle Sounders FC; Renton, Wash.), Miguel Polley (Chicago Fire; Woodridge, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Osvaldo Chavez (Texas Rush; El Paso, Texas), Marco Delgado (Chivas USA; Glendora, Calif.), Nicholas Gaitan (Argentinos Juniors; Oceanside, N.Y.), Romain Gall (FC Lorient; Herndon, Va.), Adam Najem (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), William Raygoza (LA Galaxy; South El Monte, Calif.)
FORWARDS (7): Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake AZ; Rochester, N.Y.), Paul Arriola (Arsenal FC; Chula Vista, Calif.), Justin Dhillon (LA Galaxy; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), Benjamin Lopez (Real Salt Lake AZ; San Diego, Calif.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.), Ben Spencer (Chivas USA; Albuquerque, N.M.), Jaime Villareal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)