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U-14 BNT Identification Camp Roster Announced

CHICAGO (July 27, 2006) - The U.S. Under-14 Boys' National Team's 120-player roster was released today for their weeklong identification camp from July 30-Aug. 5 in Middlesex School in Concord, Mass.

The 120 players were selected from the four Regions across the United States. Region I had the most players with 36, followed by Region IV (33), Region III (26) and Region II (25).

U.S. Under-14 Boys Technical Director Manny Schellscheidt will run the camp, along with a number of assistants. Listen in as Schellscheidt talks about the U-14 identification camp and the entire U-14 program. [Subscribe]

Along with 120 players selected from across the country, the three-player team that won Nike’s Joga Bonito were invited into the camp, but unfortunately none of them were able to attend.

In recent years, the United States’ play at the Youth National Team level has confirmed its status as the top youth nation in CONCACAF and one of the most improved in the world. In existence since 1997, the U.S. Under-14 National Team program is a major reason for the increasing quantity and quality of young players vying for spots in the U.S. Youth National Teams program.

In August of 1997, U.S. Soccer started the U.S. Under-14 National Development Program, knowing that to continue to compete with the elite countries on the international level, the U.S. would have to build a base of soccer players from the youth level up. The Under-14 program introduces young players to a level of soccer they would not otherwise see at such a young age and allows the country’s top youths the chance to experience soccer at its highest level and in an international setting.

“One thing we have always tried at these camps is to make the game itself the teacher,” said  Schellscheidt. “We let the game and the situations guide the teaching. Just to see the talent of some of those 14-year-olds is amazing. With programs like this we are putting ourselves in a position where the young players coming through our Youth National Team system can play with any other youth players in the world.”

The players for the Under-14 Identification Camp are selected by regional USYS ODP coaches, with each region sending at least 20 players and sometimes as many as 35 to the weeklong camp. At the national camp the players receive instruction and play games for a week, while being watched, evaluated and directed by U.S. Soccer’s National Staff coaches, U.S. Soccer coaches and other regional and state coaches.

At the Boys’ Under-14 Identification Camp the teams play twice a day, training in the morning and playing matches in the evening. The coaches at the camp stressed problem-solving within the game, speed of play and competing in competitive environments.

From the 2005 U-14 Boys’ Identification Camp, 36 players were selected for a camp in late November of 2005, taking part in the USYS ODP Thanksgiving Interregional Event in Austin, Texas. The U-14 Boys’ National Team then went on their first trip out of the country when they traveled down to Guadalajara, Mexico, in January 2006, for a weeklong training camp that included matches against Mexican youth teams. There will at least one more training camp for the Under-14 boys in 2006, which will most likely take place at The Home Depot Center in April or May.

This interaction at the Under-14 level between National, State and Region coaches and administrators has not only helped in the development of players, but it has also improved the lines of communication between the coaches. The eight National Staff Coaches (four Men and four Women) scour the country, creating scouting networks to discover the top young players in the nation. The NSCs are responsible for selecting many of the players who are brought into the Under-14 program.

Although the program started in just 1997, it has already helped to produce almost a dozen professional players and has put many more on the path to professional soccer. Bobby Convey, who played in World Championships at the Under-17 and Under-20 level before turning 19 and is now a regular with the full Men’s National Team, was a participant at the very first U.S. Under-14 camp in 1997.

Under-14 Boys’ National Camps
1997 – ARCO Olympic Training Center – Chula Vista, California 67 players
1998 – ARCO Olympic Training Center – Chula Vista, California 63 players
1999 – ARCO Olympic Training Center – Chula Vista, California 93 players
2000 – Deerfield Academy - Deerfield, Massachusetts 116 players
2001 – Middlesex Prep - Concord, Massachusetts 116 players
2002 – Middlesex Prep - Concord, Massachusetts 120 players
2003 – Middlesex Prep - Concord, Massachusetts 120 players
2004 – Middlesex Prep - Concord, Massachusetts 120 players
2005 – Middlesex Prep – Concord, Massachusetts 120 players

2006 U-14 Identification Camp 120-Player Roster
Region I (36): Samuel Adjei (Newark, NJ), Kyle Bitterman (Lancaster, Pa.), Damian Bziukiewicz (Middle Village, N.Y.), Roy Cabrera (Willingboro, N.J.), Reuban Chapman (Charlottesville, Va.), Ian Cheek (Stafford, Va.), Gianluca Cuomo (Rochester, N.Y.), Felix DeBona (Everett, Mass.), Nathanael Eggleston (Chevy Chase, Md.), Anthony Escamilla (Bayport, N.Y.), Steve Gallego (Fresh Meadows, N.Y.), Tyler Gay (New Cumberland, Pa.), Oscar Gonzalez (Clifton, N.J.), Julian Griggs (Elkridge, Md.), Christian Johnson (New York, N.Y.), Harrison Kendall (Narbeth, Pa.), Drew Klingenberg (Gibsonia, Pa.), Max Kurtzman (Haverford, Pa.), Keagan McDonnell (Proctor, Vt.), James McLaughlin (Malvern, Pa.), Ian O’Brien (Cardinal, Va.), William Packwood (Concord, Mass.), Timothy Parker (Hicksville, N.Y.), Kevin Reitzel (Ashburn, Va.), Roberto Reyna (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Brian Schaake (Southbury, Conn.), Joe Shinsky (York, Pa.), Zachary Shiposh (Clarks Summit, Pa.), Melvin Snoh (Dowingtown, Pa.), Kyler Sullivan (Stafford, Va.), Scott Thomsen (Brick, N.J.), Jacob Wagmeister (Oradell, N.J.), Jesse Wasserman (Unionville, Conn.), Zachery Wenger (Baltimore, Md.), Matthew Wiltse (Belle Mead, N.J.), Lucas Winters (Baltimore, Md.).

Region II (25): Keaton Albert (Park City, Ill.), Ezequiel Alvarez (Dodge City, Kan.), David Caban (Kenosha, Wis.), Brian Carr (Mequon, Wis.), Sean Cunningham (Troy, Mich.), Vince DiPrimio (Bloomington, Ind.), Tyler Dixon (Bucyrus, Kan.), Ryan Fredal (Rochester, Mich.), Matthew Ingram (Indianapolis, Ind.), Isaac Kannah (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), Jonathan Kempin (Leawood, Kan.), Luis Medina (Waukegan, Ill.), Eric Miller (Woodbury, Minn.), Kotaro Mitsuhashi (Commerce, Mich.), Dorian O’Lochlayne (Pewaukee, Wis.), Victor Pineda (Bolingbrook, Ill.), Tanner Riley (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Yianni Sarris (Mentor, Ohio), Blake Skamiera (Oxford, Mich.), Jason Stacy (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Caleb Stanko (Holly, Mich.), William Trapp (Gahanna, Ohio), Eric Weberman (Farmington Hills, Mich.), Alex Wettermann (Lake Forest, Ill.), Dylan Xiong (White Bear Township, Minn.).

Region III (26): Eduardo Alvarez (Greensboro, N.C.), Dominic Bonilla (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Samuel Coleman (Norman, Okla.), Devin Cook (Round Rock, Texas), Joaquin Del Rosario (Durham, N.C.), Darvin Ebanks (Macon, Ga.), Jack Falle (Lilburn, Ga.), George Fradenburg (Belden, Miss.), William Gagnon (Missouri City, Texas), Brian James (Sunrise, Fla.), Alfred Koroma (Euless, Texas), Cody Lofgren (Kingwood, Texas), Myles Mansfield (Greensboro, N.C.), Marques Mayoras (Fayetteville, N.C.), Mathew Muralles (Weston, Fla.), Boyd Okwuonu (Edmond, Okla.), Kevin Pahl (Lakeland, Fla.), Jonathan Ray (Durham, N.C.), Nicholas Rittmeyer (Savannah, Ga.), Antonio Rocha (Houston, Texas), Arturo Rocha (Cleveland, Tenn.), Alejandro Rodriguez (Miami, Fla.), Sekani Sinclair (Coral Springs, Fla.), Parker Thornton (Buda, Texas), Jeffrey Torda (Colleyville, Texas), Walker Zimmerman (Lawrenceville, Ga.).

Region IV (33): Michael Ambrose (El Paso, Texas), Angel Ayala (Long Beach, Calif.), Bryce Beisswanger (Hiden Hills, Calif.), Dustin Berg (Castlerock, Colo.), Scott Cohen (Studio City, Calif.), Zachary Deville (San Diego, Calif.), Matt Dishno (Clovis, Calif.), Ryan Felipe (Pukalani, Hawaii), Nathan Fernandez (Wailuku, Hawaii), Newton Hallowanger (Granada Hills, Calif.), Daniel Hamilton (San Diego, Calif.), Kevin Hoyos (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), Neil Ignacio (Diamond Bar, Calif.), Tommy Jaeger (Centennial, Colo.), Nico Johnson (Las Vegas, Nev.), Michael Madding (Hillsborough, Calif.), Coliin Mc Atee (Del Mar, Calif.), Jon-Paul Medina (Fresno, Calif.), Chris Miller (Vancouver, Wash.), Alan Mota (Pico Rivera, Calif.), Troy Peterson (Federal Way, Wash.), Dillon Richens (Farmington, Utah), Gabriel Rivera (La Miranda, Calif.), Ridge Robinson (Littleton, Colo.), Kevin Schafer (Albuquerque, N.M.), Nathaniel Schnitman (Calabasas, Calif.), Louis Schott (Medina, Wash.), Daniel Sellitti (Henderson, Nev.), Jacob Speckmeyer (Lomita, Calif.), Blake Steele (Camarillo, Calif.), Tyler Thompson (Loomis, Calif.), Andrew Vu (Simi Valley, Calif.), DeAndre Yedlin (Lake Forest, Wash.).