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Under-17 Men's National Team Arrives in Montevideo, Uruguay for Training Camp

CHICAGO (July 1, 2008) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team has arrived in Montevideo, Uruguay to kick off a two-week training camp that includes a total of four international friendlies against Uruguay, Argentina and Chile.

Head coach Wilmer Cabrera has chosen 24 players who will compete for playing time against Uruguay on July 2 and July 4 in Montevideo, Argentina on July 9 and Chile on July 11 in Rosario, Argentina. The team will also play a friendly against regional side A.R.F. on July 8 in Rosario.

Of the 24 players on the roster, 18 have been a part of the U.S. Under-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. for at least one semester, while six will be among the candidates to join the program for the upcoming Fall 2008 semester. All six players on trial – Michael Ambrose, Sean Davis, George Malki, Victor Pineda, Soony Saad and Eriq Zavaleta - played with the U.S. team at the recent Development Academy Summer Showcase in Greensboro, N.C. before leaving for Montevideo on Monday evening.

All players on the roster are age-eligible for the 2009 FIFA Under-17 World Cup, with 19 players born in 1992 and the remaining five born in 1993. Qualifying for the World Cup in Nigeria will take place in the Spring of 2009 in Trinidad & Tobago.

Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown Club
Ambrose, Michael D 5-7 135 10/05/93 El Paso, Texas Texas Fire
Arjona, Julio D 6-0 155 03/10/92 Germantown, Md. D.C. United Academy
Badr, Samir GK 6-2 165 04/02/92 Fairfax, Va. Bethesda Roadrunners
Davis, Sean M 5-8 140 02/08/93 Holmdel, N.J. Matchfit Academy
Derschang, Rob M 5-11 145 03/16/92 Englewood, Colo. Real Colorado
Duran, Bryan M 5-4 135 01/25/92 Duncanville, Texas Latino Americana
Edwards, Earl GK 6-3 210 01/24/92 San Diego, Calif. La Jolla Nomads
Gil, Luis M 5-7 140 11/14/93 Garden Grove, Calif. Pateadores
Gutierrez, Jaime F 5-11 170 01/21/92 Lake Forest, Calif. West Coast FC
Gyau, Joseph F/M 5-8 140 09/16/92 Silver Spring, Md. FC DELCO
Herold, Zachary D 5-9 145 06/07/92 Port St. Lucie, Fla. West Pines United
Jerome, Stephan F 6-0 160 08/11/92 Davie, Fla. West Pines United
Kitchen, Perry D 5-10 150 02/29/92 Indianapolis, Ind. Chicago Magic
Malki, George M 5-11 155 04/21/92 Scottsdale, Ariz. SC Delsol
Martinez, Carlos M 5-9 150 08/05/92 Las Vegas, Nev. Downtown Las Vegas
McInerney, Jack F 5-9 150 08/05/92 Alpharetta, Ga. Cobb SC
Miller, Chase D 5-7 160 02/12/92 Duncannon, Pa. Super Nova SC
Phillips, Shaquille D 6-0 160 04/21/92 Greenbelt, Md. DC United
Pineda, Victor M 5-11 140 03/15/92 Boilingbrook, Ill. Chicago Fire Academy
Polak, Tyler D 5-8 135 05/13/92 Lincoln, Neb. Capital Soccer Academy
Richey, Spencer GK 6-1 165 05/30/92 Seattle, Wash. Crossfire Premier
Saad, Soony F 5-9 155 08/17/92 Dearbon, Mich. Vardar SC
Shinsky, Alex D 5-9 135 04/02/93 York, Penn. Super Nova FC
Zavaleta, Eriq D 6-2 175 08/02/92 Westfield, Ind. FC Pride

U-17 Men’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Samir Badr (Fairfax, Va.), Earl Edwards (San Diego, Calif.), Spencer Richey (Seattle, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (9): Michael Ambrose (El Paso, Texas), Julio Arjona (Germantown, Md.), Zachary Herold (Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Indianapolis, Ind.), Chase Miller (Duncannon, Pa.), Shaquille Phillips (Greenbelt, Md.), Tyler Polak (Lincoln, Neb.), Alex Shinsky (York, Pa.), Eriq Zavaleta (Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Sean Davis (Holmdel, N.J.), Rob Derschang (Englewood, Colo.), Bryan Duran (Duncanville, Texas), Luis Gil (Garden Grove, Calif.), George Malki (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Carlos Martinez (Las Vegas, Nev.), Victor Pineda (Boilingbrook, Ill.)
FORWARDS (4): Jaime Gutierrez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Joseph Gyau (Silver Spring, Md.), Stefan Jerome (Davie, Fla.), Jack McInerney (Alpharetta, Ga.), Soony Saad (Dearborn, Mich.)

Under-17 Men's National Team Staff
Head Coach: Wilmer Cabrera Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Assistant Coach: Paul Caffrey Bradenton, Fla.
Assistant Coach: Paul Grafer Bradenton, Fla.
Program Manager: Tim Ryder Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Equipment Coordinator Jason Peters St. Petersburg, Fla.
Athletic Trainer: Paul Rushing St. Petersburg, Fla.
Team Doctor: Daryl Rosenbaum Mocksville, S.C.
Team Doctor: Craig Johnson Wilmington, N.C.