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U.S. U-17 MNT to Train in Queretaro, Mexico

CHICAGO (April 21, 2011) – The U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team will travel to Queretaro, Mexico, from April 22-May 2 for an international training camp that will include two friendlies against the Mexican U-17 Men’s National Team on April 27 and May 1. U.S. head coach Wilmer Cabrera will lead a 24-player roster to Queretaro, one of seven venues for the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

There are 17 players who were part of the U.S. team that won the CONCACAF U-17 Championship in February, including Alejandro Guido, Mario Rodriguez and Marc Pelosi, who each scored in the all-important quarterfinal victory against El Salvador that sealed the American’s place in the upcoming World Cup. Kellyn Acosta, who was also part of that championship run, is the lone player on the roster born in 1995, as a group of players born in 1995 is currently in Montaigu, France. Forward Jack McBean, a Home Grown player signee for the Los Angeles Galaxy, is the lone professional player on the roster and assisted on all three U.S. goals in the championship game against Canada.

This will be one of the final international trips for the young U.S. team before the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which is set for June 18-July 10 in Mexico. The Americans will learn their World Cup schedule and opponents at the Official Draw, which is slated for Tuesday, May 17, in Mexico City.

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Wade Hamilton (Arsenal FC; Murietta, Calif.), Kendall McIntosh (San Jose Earthquakes Academy; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Fernando Pina (Houston Dynamo; Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (8): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas Juniors; Plano, Texas), Joe Amon (South Carolina United FC; Summerville, S.C.), Zach Carroll (Vardar; Grand Blanc, Mich.), Mobi Fehr (Tokyo Verdy 1969; Tokyo, Japan), Alessandro Mion (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.), Reed Norton (Concorde Fire; Evans, Ga.), Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.), Andrew Souders (Crew Soccer Academy; Amherst, Ohio)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Matt Dunn (FC Koln; Dallas, Texas), Alejandro Guido (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), Fernando Laverde (FC Dallas Juniors; Cali, Colombia), Nico Melo (Florida Rush; Kissimmee, Fla.), Marc Pelosi (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Esteban Rodriguez (Cosmos Academy West; Palmdale, Calif.), Tarik Salkicic (Strictly Soccer; Pinellas Park, Fla.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids Academy; Brighton, Colo.), Colton Storm (HMMS Eagle FC; Mechanicsburg, Pa.)
FORWARDS (4): Kellen Gulley (MS Chicago Fire Juniors; Clinton, Miss.), Alfred Koroma (Solar Chelsea FC; Arlington, Texas), Jack McBean (LA Galaxy; Newport Beach, Calif.), Mario Rodriguez (Central Aztecs; North Hollywood, Calif.)

U.S. U-17 MNT Staff
Head Coach: Wilmer Cabrera (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.)
Assistant Coach: Paul Caffrey (Bradenton, Fla.)
Assistant Coach: Paul Grafer (Sarasota, Fla.)
Assistant Coach: Mike Sorber (St. Louis)
Program Manager: Tim Ryder (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.)
Equipment Coordinator: Jason Peters (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Athletic Trainer: Chris Young (Bradenton, Fla.)
Security Guard Derwin Bradley (Orlando, Fla.)
Team Doctor Cary Ellis (Bourbonnais, Ill.)
Team Doctor Brian Forsythe (Bradley, Ill).