U.S. U-17 Men's National Team Travels with 18 Players to Montaigu, France, for 40th Mondial Minimes Tournament
U.S. to Play Four Matches From April 4-9 in 12-Team Tournament; Mondial Minimes is William’s First as Head Coach of U-17 MNT Program
CHICAGO (April 2, 2012) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has named an 18-player roster for the 40th Mondial Minimes tournament in Montaigu, France. The U.S. is part of Group B, along with United Arab Emirates and Portugal. The U.S. U-17 Men traveled to France on Sunday, April 1.
The U.S. U-17 Men will face UAE at 6:15 p.m. local time (12 p.m. ET) on Wednesday, April 3, followed by Portugal at 6:15 p.m. local time on Thursday, April 5. Should the U.S. advance, the team will also play April 7 and 9.
Williams will lead the team in a tournament for the first time since taking the reins of the U.S. U-17 MNT program at the end of January.
A total of 12 players on the roster traveled with the team to the Aegean Cup in Turkey earlier this year, and 15 of the 18 players are part of U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs, with New York Red Bulls sending three players.
Mondial Minimes is a 12-team tournament that features four groups of three teams each. Group A is made up of host France, Cameroon and Mexico. England, Morocco and Japan make up Group C, and Group D is comprised of Russia, Ivory Coast and China.
U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Mondial Minimes Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Paul Christensen (Seattle Sounders Academy; Woodinville, Wash.), Evan Louro (New York Red Bulls Academy; South River, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (7): Adonis Amaya (Chivas USA Academy; Westminster, Calif.), Elijah Martin (Cal Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Shaquell Moore (Cobb FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Kevin Politz (New York Red Bulls Academy; Morganville, N.J.), Tommy Redding (FC America Premier; Oviedo, Fla.), John Requejo Jr. (Real So Cal; Carpinteria, Calif.), Tyler Turner (South Central Premier; West Haven, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Corey Baird (San Diego Surf; Escondido, Calif.), Junior Flores (McLean Youth Soccer; Manassas Park, Va.), Angel Heredia (San Jose Earthquakes Academy; San Jose, Calif.), Cameron Lindley (Indiana United; Carmel, Ind.) Rubio Rubin (Westside Metros; Beaverton, Ore.)
FORWARDS (4): Bradford Jamieson (Chivas USA Academy; Los Angeles, Calif.), DeAndre Robinson (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.), Ahinga Selemani (CSA Wolves; Ann Arbor, Mich.), Wesley Wade (New York Red Bulls Academy; South Orange, N.J.)