Highest Youth Honor Bestowed on 18 Players as U.S. U-17 Roster Announced
CHICAGO (Wednesday, October 27, 1999) - U.S. Men's Under-17 National Team head coach John Ellinger today named his 18-man roster for the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship in New Zealand from Nov. 10-27.
The roster includes three professional youths (Landon Donovan Bayer Leverkusen, DaMarcus Beasley Los Angeles Galaxy and Seth Trembly Colorado Rapids), five confirmed collegiate bound players (Kellen Kalso Indiana, Jordan Cila Duke, Bryan Jackson, Kenneth Cutler and Oguchi Onyewu Clemson and Delvin Countess UCLA) and is comprised completely of players that have been part of U.S. Soccer's U-17 full-time residency program that began Jan. 17, 1999 in Bradenton, Fla.
"We've looked at a lot of players over the past two years and the U-17 player pool is very rich in talent. This team is a very effective unit and we feel comfortable with the 18 chosen. This is a squad that respects everyone they play but fears nobody," said U.S. U-17 head coach John Ellinger. "There are 16 teams going into the world championship, all of which have a chance of winning the title. We have just as good a chance of winning it all as anyone else does. With this team we have the ability to get to the medal round, but our first goal is to win our group and our focus is on one game at a time."
The 1999 U.S. U-17 team is one of the most successful national teams in U.S. Soccer history and are currently riding a 20-match unbeaten streak. The undefeated streak is the longest in the history of the U.S. Soccer's Men's National Team programs with a record of 16-0-4. The team's average number of international appearances is 26 and the team has compiled a remarkable 27-7-7 international record over the past years. The top states represented are California (7), Maryland (4) and Texas (2).
The official roster will not be submitted until the FIFA deadline of Oct. 31
Ellinger also named five alternates; goalkeeper Martin Hutton (Spring, TX), midfielders Ryan Daley (Modesto, CA), Justin Detter (White Lake, MI) and Danny Bolin (Knoxville, TN), and forward Peter Withers (Portland, OR).
|U.S. MEN'S U-17 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SOCCER TEAM|
|Vth FIFA U-17 World Championship
November 10-27, 1999 - New Zealand
|1||Countess, Delvin||GK||6'1"||175||1/09/82||Sacramento, CA||San Juan / Bella Vista HS|
|18||Cronin, Steve||GK||6'1"||175||5/28/83||Sacramento, CA||San Juan / Bella Vista HS|
|4||Akwari, Nelson||D||5'11"||180||2/04/82||Houston, TX||Texans / Strake Jesuits College Prep.|
|2||Kalso, Kellen||D||5'9"||165||1/16/82||Oxford, MI||Vardar III / Oxford HS|
|6||Martin, Greg||D||5'8"||150||1/05/82||Plano, TX||Dallas Comets / Bollettieri S.A.|
|14||Onyewu, Oguchi||D||6'2"||180||5/13/82||Olney, MD||F.C. Potomac / Sherwood HS|
|17||Trembly, Seth||D||5'6"||145||3/21/82||Littleton, CO||Colorado Rapids - MLS|
|5||Yi, Alexander||D||6'2"||175||2/27/82||Easton, MD||F.C. Potomac / Bollettieri S.A.|
|3||Beasley, DaMarcus||M||5'7"||125||5/24/82||Fort Wayne, IN||Los Angeles Galaxy - MLS|
|15||Beckerman, Kyle||M||5'10"||150||4/23/82||Crofton, MD||Conmack United / Arundel HS|
|7||Cutler, Kenneth||M||5'9"||140||3/08/82||Richmond, VA||Richmond Strikers / D. Freeman HS|
|9||Gregorio, Adolfo||M||5'9"||165||10/01/82||Hilmar, CA||Turlock Tornados / Hilmar HS|
|8||Jackson, Bryan||M||5'9"||160||4/16/82||La Canada, CA||Claremont Stars / La Canada HS|
|16||Cila, Jordan||F||5'10"||165||4/11/82||Jericho, NY||Commack United / Jericho HS|
|11||Convey, Bobby||F||5'8"||150||5/27/83||Philadelphia, PA||F.C. Coppa / W.M. Penn Charter HS|
|10||Donovan, Landon||F||5'9"||145||3/04/82||Redlands, CA||Bayer Leverkusen - Germany|
|12||Palomares, Raul||F||5'11"||160||2/06/83||Inglewood, CA||FC Kaiserslautern - Germany|
|13||Thompson, Abe||F||5'11"||165||1/12/82||Fairfax Station, MD||Braddock Warhawks / Woodson HS|
|Head of Delegation||Virgil Lewis||Albuquerque, NM|
|Director of National
|Jim Froslid||Chicago, IL|
|Head Coach||John Ellinger||Ellicott City, MD|
|Assistant Coach||Cameron Rast||San Jose, CA|
|Goalkeeper Coach||Peter Mellor||Tampa, FL|
|Team Coordinator||Jeff McRaney||Bradenton, FL|
|Press Officer||Keir Cochran||Chicago, IL|
|Head Trainer||Brian Goodstein||Bradenton, FL|
|Physician||Dr. Jimmy Gilbert||Silver Springs, MD|
|Physician||Dr. Raymond Monto||Martha's Vineyard, MA|
|Equipment Manager||Aaron Barrett||Chicago, IL|
The following is breakdown of the 18 players selected to the 1999 U.S. Men's U-17 World Championship Team:
Delvin Countess (Sacramento, Calif.): The number one goalkeeper for the U-17 team who has started and played in every U-17 international match in 1999 posting a 10-0-3 record and a 1.15 goals against
Steve Cronin (Sacramento, Calif.): Preserved a win and shutout, 1-0, going in as a substitute on his international debut with the U.S. U-17 team against Sweden on November 26, 1998.
Nelson Akwari (Houston, TX): Co-captain of the USA team and one of five players to play every
minute (450) during qualification. The team's best one-on-one defender, he made his international debut with
the U.S. U-23 team at the '99 Pan Am Games.
Kellen Kalso (Oxford, MI): Indiana University bound, he made his mark with the U-17 team tallying an assist on his debut. A strong and versatile player who can play in the midfield or on the defensive line.
Greg Martin (Plano, TX): Participated in every U-17 camp in 1998 and 1999. A veteran of the U-17 team, he has made 29 appearances for the team and was named a 1999 Parade High School All-American.
Oguchi Onyewu (Olney, TX): The team's hardest tackler, the six-foot-two-inch defender has gone from substitute to starter in the last six months, leading the team in scoring (3 goals) during the home-and- away playoff series against El Salvador.
Seth Trembly (Littleton, CO): At the age of 17 he signed a Major League Soccer contract on Aug. 17, 1999 and will play for the Colorado Rapids. He started and played every minute at the FC qualifying tournament.
Alexander Yi (Easton, MD): Considered to be one of the top youth defenders in the country, he is one of only three players to have played and started in every U-17 international match in 1999. One of the USA's strongest threats in the air, his two U-17 goals have come off headers on corner-kicks.
DaMarcus Beasley (Fort Wayne, IN): One of the quickest U-17 players, he leads the USA in assists
(6) in 1999. Helped the U.S. U-23 team to a bronze medal after playing every minute of every match, except
for one due to a one-game suspension following a red card, at the '99 Pan Am Games. Became the
youngest player to sign a Major League Soccer contract at the age of 16 years and 10 months in March 1999.
Kyle Beckerman (Crofton, MD): The play maker on the U-17 team, in the last seven U-17 international matches he leads the team in scoring with eight goals and two assists. Over a span of two games he scored five goals against Paraguay and Mali, two countries that qualified for New Zealand '99.
Kenneth Cutler (Richmond, VA): Co-captain, silent leader and the U-17s workhorse in midfield, he played every minute during qualification and has earned 37 caps with the team. Hit a 25-yard rocket that left Italy's keeper stunned in the USA's 1-1 draw on May 19, 1998 in Salerno, Italy.
Adolfo Gregorio (Hilmar, CA): Tallied two assists in the USA's historic 4-3 win over Argentina in Buenos Aires on Feb. 4, 1999. Made his international debut against the Solomon Islands in New Zealand on Dec. 11, 1998.
Bryan Jackson (La Canada , CA): The U-17s most tenacious and consistent midfielders, he started every match at the '99 FC qualifying tournament. A 1999 Parade High School All-American scored the game- winning goal against Jamaica on July 16, 1998 and since then has gone onto earn 28 U-17 caps.
Jordan Cila (Jericho, NJ): The U.S. U-17s are unbeaten, 12-0-0, in international play when he
scores a goal. Earned his first international hat-trick against El Salvador on May 9, in the USA's 6-1 win in the
first-leg of the FC playoff series.
Bobby Convey (Philadelphia, PA): Youngest player at the age of 15 on the U.S. U-17 team to play in the '99 FC qualifying tournament. Named the '98 Philadelphia High School player of the year as a freshman.
Landon Donovan (Redlands, CA): He will go down in U.S. Soccer history as the all-time U-17 leading scorer with 32 goals in 35 matches. The U-17s are unbeaten, 10-0-2, when he scores two or more goals in a match. He signed with German Bundesliga team Bayer Lerverkusen in March 1999.
Raul Palomares (Inglewood, CA): Only player named to the 1999 roster for the World Championship not part of the U.S. U-17 residency program. The Inglewood, Calif., native currently resides in Germany where he trains with FC Kaiserslautern.
Abe Thomspon (Fairfax Station, VA): Joined the U.S. U-17 residency program in September, he scored his first international goal just three minutes into his debut against El Salvador on May 9.