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U-17 MNT Adds Two Additional Players for Nike National Team Friendlies

CHICAGO (Sept. 6, 2006) - U.S. Under-17 '90 Men's National Team head coach John Hackworth added forwards Israel Sesay and Abdus Ibrahim to his roster for the Nike National Team Friendlies today, giving him 20 players to choose from over the four-day, three-match event.

The U.S. will compete against the U-17 squads of Brazil, Mexico and Portugal during the first-ever Nike National Team Friendlies. The tournament is structured in a six-game round-robin format with two games a day on Sept. 7, 8 and 10. The actual match-ups on those dates will not be decided until tonight when a draw to determine the match schedule will be held during a reception for all four teams at the Tiger Woods Center.

All six games will be played on the Ronaldo Fields at the Nike Campus. The back-to-back matches on Sept. 7 and 10 will be played in the morning (9 and 11 a.m. PT), while the two matches on Sept. 8 will take place in the afternoon (3 and 5 p.m. PT).

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster - Nike National Team Friendlies

GOALKEEPERS (2): Josh Lambo (Middleton, Wis.), Zac MacMath (St. Petersburg, Fla.)

DEFENDERS (6): Sheanon Williams (Boston, Mass.), Howard Turk (Fairfax, Va.), Matthew Uy (New Hyde Park, N.Y.), Brandon Lee (Tenafly, N.J.), Daniel Barerra (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Mykell Bates (Roseville, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Daniel Wenzel (Federal Way, Wash.), Axel Levry (Fort Washington, Md.), Jared Jeffrey (Dallas, Texas), Brandon Zimmerman (Pasco, Wash.), Greg Garza (Grapevine, Texas), Brendan King (Naperville, Ill.), Ryan Gracia* (Rockville, Md.), 

FORWARDS (5): Israel Sesay (Gaithersburg, Md.), Adbus Ibrahim (Richfield, Minn.), Ellis McLoughlin (Seattle, Wash.), Bryan Dominguez (Atlanta, Ga.), Ryan Finley (Lumberton, N.J.)