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Cabrera to Lead 20 Players to Argentina in Preparation for CONCACAF U-17 Championship

CHICAGO (March 20, 2009) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will continue preparation for the 2009 CONCACAF U-17 Championship with a trip from March 20-31 to Buenos Aires. During the trip the U.S. will play include three international friendlies.

The U.S. will face Bolivia on March 23, Argentina on March 25 and Uruguay on March 27, all in Buenos Aires. The three international matches in five days will mirror the team’s schedule at the regional championship, which will be held from April 21-May 2 in Tijuana, Mexico. The trip to will be the final foreign training camp for Wilmer Cabrera’s squad before departing for Mexico.

The U.S. U-17s are coming off of a win and a draw against another South American side, Venezuela, who recently made a trip to Bradenton, Fla. The U.S. earned a 0-0 draw on March 12 behind a shutout performance from U.S. goalkeeper Spencer Richey. Two days later, the U.S. earned a 2-0 win, with goals from Marlon Duran and Luis Gil and a shutout from Earl Edwards.

Cabrera’s squad will open its regional campaign against Cuba on April 21 at 4 p.m. local time (7 p.m. ET) at Estadio Caliente. The U.S. will play Canada on April 23 and round out Group A play against Honduras on April 25 with both games also slated for 4 p.m. local time. Should the U.S. advance out of their group, they will cross over to play one of the top two teams from Group B, which is made up of Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Trinidad & Tobago, in the semifinals.

Four teams from CONCACAF will travel to the 2009 FIFA Under-17 World Cup, which means progression to the semifinals in Tijuana will be enough to secure a berth to the tournament. The 2009 FIFA Under-17 World Cup will be held in Nigeria from Oct. 24-Nov. 16.

Cabrera will be at the helm of his first qualifying tournament, and will attempt to continue the U.S. streak of being the only team to qualify for every FIFA event at this age level.

U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team
International Friendlies and Foreign Training Camp
March 20-31, 2009

Date Opponent Time (Local/ET) Venue
March 23 Bolivia 3:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. Defensores de Belgrano; Buenos Aires, Argentina
March 25 Argentina 3:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. Deportivo Italiano; Buenos Aires, Argentina
March 27 Uruguay 3:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. Defensores de Belgrano; Buenos Aires, Argentina

GOALKEEPERS (2): Earl Edwards (La Jolla Nomads; San Diego, Calif.), Spencer Richey (Crossfire Premier; Seattle, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (8): Julio Arjona (D.C. United Academy; Germantown, Md.), Zachary Herold (West Pines United; Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Chicago Magic; Indianapolis, Ind.), Nicholas Palodichuk (Washington Premier; Battleground, Wash.), Tyler Polak (Capital Soccer Academy; Lincoln, Neb.), Alex Shinsky (SuperNova FC; York, Penn.), Jared Watta (North Meck; Statesville, N.C.), Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride; Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Marlon Duran (Latino Americana; Duncanville, Texas), Luis Gil (Pateadores; Garden Grove, Calif.), Sebastian Lleget (Santa Clara Sporting; South San Francisco, Calif.), George Malki (SC Delsol; Scottsdale, Ariz.), Carlos Martinez (Wilmington Juniors; San Pedro, Calif.), Charles Renken (Scott Gallagher Metro; Edwardsville, Ill.), Dominick Sarle (Huntington, N.Y.; BW Gottschee)
FORWARDS (3): John Agudelo (New York Red Bulls Academy; Barnegat, N.J.), Stefan Jerome (West Pines United; Davie, Fla.), Soony Saad (Vardar SC; Dearborn, Mich.)