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U-17 MNT Continues World Cup Preparation with 30-Player Training Camp in Greensboro, N.C.


CHICAGO (June 22, 2009) -- The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team continues summer training with a week-long training camp at Bryan Park in Greensboro, N.C., where Wilmer Cabrera and his staff will work with 30 players in conjunction with the Development Academy Playoffs.

The team trained for a week at PDA in Zarephath, N.J. from June 14-21, and changed venues on Sunday, as 30 players made the journey to the site of Academy Playoffs, which take place from June 26-29. The U.S. will play four scrimmages against local club and college teams throughout the week.

Of the 30 players who will be training in Greensboro, four have not been a part of the team’s Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. The four players, Keith Cardona, Victor Chavez, Marquez Fernandez and Riley Wolfe, all participated in the Development Academy Select Teams that played against the U-17 MNT at the Spring Showcase over Memorial Day weekend.

All 30 players in the camp were born in 1992 or 1993, with the exception of forward Alfred Koroma, who was born in 1994. Each player is eligible for the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which is slated for Nigeria from Oct. 24-Nov. 15.

U-17 MNT Training Camp Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Keith Cardona (NY Red Bulls Academy; Glen Rock, N.J.), Earl Edwards (La Jolla Nomads; San Diego, Calif.), Spencer Richey (Crossfire Premier; Seattle, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (10): Michael Ambrose (Texas Fire; El Paso, Texas), Marquez Fernandez (Baltimore Bays Chelsea; Baltimore, Md.), Zachary Herold (West Pines United FC, Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Chicago Magic; Indianapolis, Ind.), Jordan McCrary (Concorde Fire; Marietta, Ga.), Boyd Okwuonu (Celtic Green; Edmond, Okla.), Emilio Orozco (Rampage FC; Oxnard, Calif.), Tyler Polak (Capital Soccer Academy; Lincoln, Neb.), Jared Watts (North Meck Storm; Statesville, N.C.), Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride; Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Sean Davis (Match Fit Chelsea; Holmdel, N.J.), Marlon Duran (Latino Americana; Ducanville, Texas), Luis Gil (Pateadores; Garden Grove, Calif.), Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United; South San Francisco, Calif.), George Malki (SC Delsol Extreme; Scottsdale, Ariz.), Carlos Martinez (Wilmington Jr.; San Pedro, Calif), Nick Palodichuk (Washington Premier; Battleground, Wash.), Alex Shinsky (Super Nova FC; York, Pa.), Erik Stephenson (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif), Riley Wolfe (LA Galaxy Academy; Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
FORWARDS (7): Juan Agudelo (NY Red Bulls Academy; Barnegat, N.J.), Victor Chavez (Real So Cal; Fontana, Calif), Andrew Craven (First Coast Kickers; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Stefan Jerome (West Pines United FC; Davie, Fla.), Alfred Koroma (Solar SC; Southland, Texas), Jack McInerney (Cobb SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Dominick Sarle (BW Gotschee; Huntington, N.Y.)

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