CHICAGO (Dec. 8, 2013) – A 17-player Under-17 Men’s National Team roster was named to compete in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase that runs from Dec. 11-15 in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
The U-17 MNT squad was assembled to round out the 80-team Development Academy field. The team will play three matches from Dec. 11-14 against the following U-17/18 Academy teams: New England Revolution, Solar Chelsea SC and PA Classics.
Led by head coach Clint Peay, the U-17 Showcase squad includes four players who represent MLS Academies: Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy), Weston McKennie (FC Dallas), Abraham Romero (LA Galaxy) and Sean Teixeira (New York Red Bulls). Three play for overseas clubs: Darian Gurley (Karlsruher), Zach Kobayashi (Weyhe) and Ethan Lotenero (Pachuca).
U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Abraham Romero (LA Galaxy Academy; Altadena, Calif.), Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy Academy; Westminster, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Nikkye De Point (Revolution Empire; Rochester, N.Y.), Tanner Dieterich (Tennessee Soccer Club; Nashville, Tenn.), Ronaldo Escudero (Pateadores; Placentia, Calif.), Darian Gurley (Karlsruher SC; Leimen, Germany), AJ Palazzollo (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallon, Mo.), Michael Wetungu (Vardar; Rochester Hills, Mich.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Kyle Gurrieri (NJSA 04; Totowa, N.J.), Zach Kobayashi (SC Weyhe; Leeste, Germany), Ethan Lotenero (Pachuca; Los Angeles, Calif.), Weston McKennie (FC Dallas Academy; Little Elm, Texas), Devin Vega (San Antonio Scorpions; San Antonio, Texas),
FORWARDS (4): Kevin Coleman (FC Richmond; Warrenton, Va.), Lagos Kunga (DDYSC 98 Wolves Elite; Atlanta, Ga.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.), Sean Teixeira (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trumbull, Conn.)