U.S. U-17 Travels to Spain to Face Mexico, U.A.E., Russia and Spain
U.S. Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera Names 22-Man Roster for 13-Day Trip, Including 17 Players from Development Academy Clubs; U.S. to Face Mexico, United Arab Emirates, Russia and Spain
CHICAGO (Oct. 13, 2011) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Wilmer Cabrera traveled with a 22-player roster on Monday, Oct. 10, to L’Aflas Del Pi, Spain, where the team will face off against Mexico, United Arab Emirates, Russia and Spain in the 2011 Albir Garden Sports Cup. A total of 17 players on the roster hail from Development Academy clubs.
It is the first international trip for the group, which kicked off the fall 2011 semester in September. The U.S. begins tournament play Oct. 15 when the squad takes on familiar foe Mexico. Two days later, the U.S. faces U.A.E., followed by Russia on Oct. 19. The team wraps up the event Oct. 20 against host Spain.
New York Red Bulls provide the most players on the roster with five: Steven Echevarria, Christopher Lema, Evan Louro, Kevin Politz and Wesley Wade. The only other club to send multiple players is the New England Revolution, with Guyllain Kabala and Declan McCabe making the trip. All four conferences are represented by 11 different clubs.
U.S. Soccer’s U-17 Residency Program features 32 of the country’s top players in the age group converging and training daily in Bradenton, Fla. The team is at the beginning of a two-year cycle that will culminate with the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship with the goal of qualifying for the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. The U.S. is the only nation to have qualified for all 14 previous editions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup and is coming off a Round of 16 appearance in the 2011 event in Mexico.
U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Paul Christensen (Seattle Sounders; Woodinville, Wash.), Evan Louro (New York Red Bulls; South River, N.J)
DEFENDERS (7): Conor Donovan (NC Alliance; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Elijah Martin (Cal Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Shaquell Moore (Cobb FC; Powder Springs Ga.), Matt Nance (Vardar SC Freiburg; Washington, Mich.), Kevin Politz (New York Red Bulls; Morganville, N.J.), John Requejo Jr. (Real So Cal; Carpinteria, Calif.), Tyler Turner (South Central Premier; West Haven, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Steven Echevarria (New York Red Bulls; Slate Hill, N.Y.), Angel Heredia (San Jose Earthquakes; San Jose, Calif.), Guyllain Kabala (New England Revolution; Manchester, N.H.), Christopher Lema (New York Red Bulls; Ridgefield, N.J.), Declan McCabe (New England Revolution; Weston, Mass.), Herber Mejia-Flores (McLean Youth Soccer; Manassas Park, Va.), Thomas Ziemer (Atletico Santa Rosa; Glen Allen, Calif.)
FORWARDS (6): Corey Baird (San Diego Surf; Escondido, Calif.), Bradford Jamieson (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Danya Kafai (Juventus Sports Club; Redwood City, Calif.), DeAndre Robinson (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.), Rubio Rubin (Westside Metros; Beaverton, Ore.), Wesley Wade (New York Red Bulls; South Orange, N.J.)