U.S. Soccer Technical Staff Names 78 Players for Select Teams at 2011 Development Academy Winter Showcase
CHICAGO (Nov. 22, 2011) â€“ The U.S. Soccer Technical Staff has named 78 Development Academy players that will be divided into four Select Teams and compete in two games during the 2011 Winter Showcase. The games will be held on Dec. 3 at the Premier Sports Complex in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Divided by age group, the players born in 1995 will be split into two teams and face off at 5 p.m. ET, while the two teams made up of players born in 1996 will compete at 7 p.m. ET.Â Â
The scouting network, Technical Advisors and Youth National Team coaches selected the players based on their performances at Academy games, Training Centers and Youth National Team camps. The matches provide the players with the opportunity to play alongside some of the top players in their age groups.
â€œThis is a great opportunity for these players to perform at a higher level,â€ said Director of Scouting Tony Lepore. â€œThey get to play with and against some of the best players in their age group in front of a large crowd, and itâ€™s also a chance for them to be seen by scouts and National Team coaches. These Select games raise the level of play for the Academy players.â€
The 2011 Winter Showcase will feature games from all 78 Development Academy clubs and will be in conjunction with the ninth annual Nike International Friendlies, with each of the U.S. Under-17 Menâ€™s National Team matches against Brazil, France and Turkey being televised on Fox Soccer.
The Development Academy first implemented Select Teams at the 2009 Spring Showcase in Sarasota, Fla., where two 18-player teams competed against the Under-17 Menâ€™s National Team.
At the 2010 Winter Showcase in Phoenix, Ariz., the four Select teams were comprised of players born in 1992-93 and 1994-95. More than 300 college and national team scouts were in attendance. In the past, professional scouts from Major League Soccer and foreign clubs have also been in attendance.
Since its launch in the fall of 2007, the Academy has provided an increased focus on training and player development by providing a clear connection between the U.S. national teams and more than 4,000 young players across the country. Top youth coaches and players have direct access to U.S. Soccer staff on a regular basis through the structured programming overseen by U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director Claudio Reyna.Â
2011 Winter Showcase Academy Select Rosters - Detailed Rosters
1995 Blue Select Team Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Santiago Castano (New York Red Bulls), Ethan Horvath (Real Colorado)
DEFENDERS (6): Miguel Alves (Players Development Academy), Suliaman Dainkeh (D.C. United), Christian De Luna (San Jose Earthquakes), Matthew Habrowski (Crew Soccer Academy Wolves), Dakotah (Koty) Millard (South Carolina United Battery), Miguel Polley (Chicago Fire)
MIDFIELDERS (4): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Brandon Aubrey (Dallas Texans), Kevin De La Torre (Pateadores), Adam Najem (New York Red Bulls)
FORWARDS (6): Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake AZ), Paul Arriola (Arsenal FC), Connor Maloney (PA Classics), Jason Romero (De Anza Force), Ben Spencer (Chivas USA), Jamie Villareal (LA Galaxy)
1996 Blue Select Team Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Andrew Epstein (Colorado Rapids), Marius Heislitz (Georgia United)
DEFENDERS (5): Bryce Cregan (PA Classics), Matthew Dorsey (Houston Dynamo), Carlos Encina (FC Westchester), Manny Padilla (L.A. Galaxy), Carlos Romo (Santa Cruz Breakers)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Sam Brown (Crew Soccer Academy Wolves), Chet Castellaw (Real So Cal), Brad Dunwell (Vardar SC Freiburg), Shareef El Saadi (Texas Rush), Zach Jackson (Texas SC), Eden Mendoza (Georgia United)
FORWARDS (5): Aaron Meyer (FC Dallas), Jeff Rhodes (Indiana United Fire Academy), Michael Seaton (D.C. United), Alex Tejera (NY Cosmos Academy), Alan Winn (Solar Chelsea SC)
1995 Red Select Team Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jake McGuire (Chivas USA), Zachary Steffen (FC Delco)
DEFENDERS (5): Michael Amick (De Anza Force), Feliciano Charles (Dallas Texans), Trevor Haberkorn (Solar Chelsea SC), Jalen Markey (Seattle Sounders FC), Jose Oâ€™Campo (Crossfire Premier)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Andrew Brody (Real Salt Lake AZ), Osvaldo Chavez (Texas Rush), Christian Cruz (San Jose Earthquakes), Nicholas Gaitan (Albertson SC), Nick Jones (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri), William Raygoza (LA Galaxy)
FORWARDS (5): Markie Delgado (Chivas USA), Justin Dhillon (LA Galaxy), Romilio Hernandez (Baltimore Bays Chelsea), Benji Lopez (Real Salt Lake AZ), Alexander Muhl (New York Red Bulls)
1996 Red Select Team Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Arie Ammann (McLean Youth Soccer), Jeff Caldwell (North Carolina Fusion)
DEFENDERS (6): Jordan Cano (FC Dallas), Caleb Duvernay (CASL Chelsea), Malcolm Jones (Chivas USA), George Miranda (Real So Cal), Gonzalo Rolon-Navarro (Cal Odyssey), Sam Tweeton (Real Colorado)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Cameron Lindley (Indiana United Fire Academy), Rolando MuÃ±oz (LA Galaxy), Victor Rolph (Colorado Rush), Aravind Sivukumar (De Anza Force), Joe Swenson (New York Red Bulls)
FORWARDS (5): Nathan Kohl (Crew Soccer Academy), Felipe Liborio (Strikers FC), Brian Pacheco (Pateadores), Joey Piatcyzyc (Sporting Kansas City), Joab Santoyo (Arsenal FC)