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Select Academy Players Participate in Development Academy Nike Friendlies as Part of U.S. National Training Select Teams

CHICAGO (Dec. 1, 2007) – U.S. National Team coaches selected twenty-nine Academy players for two U.S. National Training Select Teams participating in this week’s Development Academy Nike Friendlies. The Under-15/16 National Team Training Select team will be comprised of only Academy players born in 1992 and will be coached by, Keith Fulk. The Under-17/18 National Team Training Select team will be coached by Raul Diaz Arce and be comprised of Academy players born in 1990 and 1991 as well as current Residency players born in 1990.

The two teams were selected from a pool of Academy players from four different conferences who participated in a National Team Training Camp with the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team in Bradenton, Fla over Thanksgiving weekend. Thirty-one Academy players representing the Northeast, Mid Atlantic, Atlantic and Southwest Conferences joined more than 40 players in U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program to train under the guidance of new head coach Wilmer Cabrera and his staff. In keeping with the Development Academy philosophy of increasing the amount of training for players and reducing the number of games played, the group participated in four training sessions beginning on Thursday afternoon before concluding the camp with small-sided games on Sunday morning.

The Development Academy Nike Friendlies exposes international players, coaches and referees as well as select Development Academy clubs to U.S. Soccer’s educational and event resources. The 2007 Friendlies will feature youth national teams from Russia, Brazil and Turkey, CONCACAF Referees, Caribbean coaches, 46 U.S. Soccer Development Academy youth teams, four U.S. Youth National teams and two U.S. National training teams. In addition to the 81 games occurring over the weekend, U.S. Soccer will provide educational resources to the participating players, coaches and referees in Bradenton, Florida for the four-day event.

With Development Academy Director John Hackworth overseeing the scouting process of all Academy clubs (63 in total), the Academy program is a key component of the U.S. Soccer National Team programs and training camps as it allows U.S. National Team coaches opportunities to scout elite players in their natural environment over an extended period of time.

“We still need to continue to look into different avenues to find players across the U.S. and continue to close those cracks players can slip through,” said Hackworth. “But the Academy is the main place for elite players to play and develop, and therefore we know most of the best players will on average be coming out of this program.”

Under-17/18 National Training Select Team

No.   Name                             Pos.    Ht.    Wt.    Birthdate    Hometown                Club                  

1    Lambo, Josh                  GK     6’0”    205    11/19/90    Middleton, Wis.        Chicago Magic
2    Williams, Sheanon        M/F    5’11”    165    03/17/90    Boston, Mass.        FC Greater Boston
3    Bates, Mykell                    D      5’9”    170    04/15/90    Roseville, Calif.        River City Clash
4    White, Norris                    D      5’11”    165    01/01/91    Kensington, Md.        DC United
5    Carr, Brice                        D      6’0”    165    03/22/90    Mequon, Wis.           FC Milwaukee
6      Klute, Chris                    D      6’1”    155    03/05/90    Grand Prairie, Texas    Dallas Texans
7    King, Brendan                 M      5’11”    150    02/25/90    Naperville, Ill.         Chicago Magic
8    Jeffrey, Jared                   M     5’10”    160    06/14/90    Dallas, Texas           Dallas Texans
9    Hamilton, Maximillian    M     6’0”    145    02/22/90    Medford, N.J.              Matchfit Academy
10    Schuler, Billy                 F      5’11”    155    04/27/90    Allentown, N.J.           Matchfit Academy
11    Boucher, Patrick           M     5’6”    155    03/16/90    Cromwell, Conn.           Oakwood SC   
12    Lebo, Christopher       D      5’9”    155    05/12/90    Telford, Penn.                 Casa Mia Bays
13    Wenger, James           D      6’0”    165    12/25/90    Lititz, Penn.                      PA Classics
14    Panuccio, Gaetano     F       6’0”    188    03/24/90    Mechanicsburg, Penn.   PA Classics
15    Shea, Dane                  M      6’3”    180    02/28/90    College Station, Texas   Texans FC
16    Hegngi, Christopher   F      6’0”    170    08/29/91    Silver Springs, Md.         DC United
17    Fitzpatrick, Conner      M      5’11”    155    05/01/90    Coventry, Conn.          Oakwood SC
18    Walsh, William           GK     6’3”    180    04/03/90    Chester, N.J.        Red Bull NY
20    Levry, Axel                     F       5’8”    155    03/12/90    Fort Washington, Md.        Mclean FC

Head Coach: Raul Diaz Arce

Under-15/16 National Training Select Team
No. Name                           Pos. Ht.     Wt.   Birthdate  Hometown                Club
1 Ives, Travis                     GK   6’3”    180  01/04/92   Bridgewater, N.J.     Red Bull NY
2 Adler, Brandon                D    5’10” 152  09/06/92   Montville, N.J.           Red Bull NY
3 Arjona, Julio                    D    6’0”    155  03/10/92   Germantown, Md.    DC United
4 Bradley, Samuel            D    5'10"  150  02/09/92   Potomac, Md.            DC United
5 Garcia, Nicholas            D    5’10” 165   07/07/92   Rochester, N.Y.       Empire United SA
6 Kenny, Dane                  D     6’2”   170   02/08/92   Williston Park, N.Y.  Albertson Academy
7 O’Malley, Andrew           D    5’11” 155   03/31/92   West Chester, Penn. FC Delco
8 Phillips, Shaquille         D    5’10” 160   04/21/92   Greenbelt, Md.          DC United
9 Orden, Justin                  M   5’7”    140   04/14/92   Scarsdale, N.Y.        FC Westchester
10 Marini, Dante                M    4’9”    85    07/21/92   Chadds Ford, Penn. FC Delco
11 Lyle, Clifford                  M   5’3”   110   09/24/92   Stamford, Conn.        South Central Premier
12 Herrera, Daniel             M  5’7”   135   03/18/92   Massapequa, N.Y      BW Gottschee
13 Dominguez, Juan        M   5’7”  135    05/11/92   Rego Park, N.Y.          Albertson Academy
14 Dewee, Lester             M  5’11” 150    08/10/92   Kensington, Md.         DC United
15 Castaneda, Orlando   F   5’10” 155   05/09/92   Bethpage, N.Y.           BW Gottschee
16 Schmid, Joseph          M  5’4”    135   03/07/92   Kingston, Penn.         FC Delco
17 Span, Brian                  F   6’0”    160   02/24/92   Somers, N.Y.              FC Westchester
19 Kumeh, Emmet          M  5’5”    125   02/16/92   Dallas, Texas               AYSES
20 Johnson, Christian    M  5’5”   125    03/29/93   New York, N.Y.             Red Bull NY