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U.S. Under-17 91s MNT Heads to Japan

CHICAGO (Aug. 2, 2007) -- The U.S. Under-17 ‘91s Men’s National Team will travel to Japan for the Toyota International Youth Football Championship, where they will face Japan on Aug. 10 and Australia on Aug. 11 before playing a placement match depending on their results in group play.

Head coach Brian Maisonneuve named an 18-player roster for the tournament, which includes two players, Samir Badr and Earl Edwards (both goalkeepers), born in 1992, and one player born in 1993, Charles Renken.

Renken led the team to a win over their first opponent, Japan, on June 11, scoring two goals in the 3-1 victory. The 13-year-old is one of 14 players on the roster who appeared in that game, including Ryan Finley, who also tallied a goal.

Following group play, the U.S. will play a placement match on Aug. 13 against a team from Group B, which includes the United Arab Emirates, South Korea and a Japanese Youth All-Star team.

Name                                Pos.     Ht.      Wt.     Birth date     Hometown                   Club
Abolfathi, Dersu                 F       5-9     155     02/24/91     Irvine, Calif.                    ISC
Agbossoumonde, Gale    D     6-2     185     11/17/91     Syracuse, N.Y.                Syracuse FC
Altamirano, Jose               M     5-4      125     07/17/91     San Diego, Calif.           Del Mar Sharks
Arreola, Eder                     M      5-6      135     11/13/91     Chino Hills, Calif.          FC Barcelona
Badr, Samir                      GK    6-0       140    04/02/92      Fairfax, Va.                     Bethesda Roadrunners
Barson, Chad                    D     5-9       155    02/25/91      Lewis Center, Ohio     Team Ohio
Caldwell, Scott                 M       5-6      125    03/15/91      Braintree, Mass.            South Shore United Blazers
Cruz, Pablito                     M       5-4       110   12/30/91      Azusa, Calif.                   FC Barcelona
Edwards, Earl                 GK     6-3       190    01/24/92     San Diego, Calif.           La Jolla Nomads
Finley, Ryan                      F       6-0       170    03/27/91     Lumberton, N.J.             Rancocas Valley
Kitchen, Perry                   M      5-9        120   02/29/92     Indianapolis, Ind.           Chicago Magic SC
Millington, Nick                M       5-7        135   08/09/91     Raleigh, N.C.                 CASL
Okugo, Amobi                  M      5-11      165   03/13/91     Sacramento, Calif.        San Juan Lightning Crew
Ramos, Christian           M       5-7        130  05/07/91      Miami, Fla.                      Kendall Soccer Coalition
Renken, Charles             F       5-7        125  12/19/93      Edwardsville, Ill.            Scott Gallagher SC
Perry, Aubrey                    D      5-9        150   01/20/91     Ocoe, Fla.                        Ajax America
Walsh, Parker                  D      5-7        130   10/30/91     Roanoke, Va.                  Roanoke Star
Veeder, Korey                  M       5-11    150    10/03/91     St. Petersburg, Fla.       Clearwater Charges