CHICAGO (April 16, 2011) – The U.S. U-17 MNT ‘95s will travel to Montaigu, France, for the 2011 Mondial Minimes Montaigu Tournament. The group is made up of players who fall into the younger birth year of the current cycle of the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team and includes nine players who are currently part of the U.S. Soccer Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla.
Jordan Allen and Paul Arriola were part of the U.S. team that won the CONCACAF U-17 Championship in February in Jamaica, and will lead the group that also includes Philadelphia Union Home Grown signee Zach Pfeffer.
The tournament will provide international experience for the young players, and the U.S. will play international games against Portugal on April 20, host France on April 21 and Japan on April 23. There will also be a fourth game, a placement match on April 24 or April 25.
U.S. U-17 MNT ’95 Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Santiago Castano (NY Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Zack Steffen (FC Delco; Downingtown, PA)
DEFENDERS (6): Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim FC; Lancaster, PA), Dylan Greenberg (Albertson SC; Dix Hills, N.Y.), Matt Habrowski (Derby County Wolves; Bloomfield Hills, MI.), Luis Martir (Chivas Mexico; Los Angeles, Calif.), Miguel Polley (Derby County Wolves; West Bloomfield, Mich.), Robby Sagel (Downtown Rapids; Las Vegas, NV)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Jordan Allen (Empire United; Rochester, N.Y.), Marco Delgado (Cosmo Academy West; Glendora, Calif.), Nicholas Gaitan (Argentinos Juniors; Oceanside, N.Y.), Antonio Murillo (Neusport ’93; Las Vegas, Nev.), Adam Najem (NY Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, PA)
FORWARDS (4): Paul Arriola (Arsenal FC; Chula Vista, Calif.), Nicko Corriveau (Bethesda SC; Potomac, MD), Kevin De La Torre (Chivas USA; Winchester, Calif.), Alex Muyl (Cosmos Academy East; New York, N.Y.)
U.S. U-17 MNT ’95 Staff
Head Coach: Gerson Echeverry (Bradenton, Fla.)
Assistant Coach: Erik Imler (Bradenton, Fla.)
Goalkeeper Coach: Guillermo Valencia (Englewood, N.J.)
Program Coordinator: Sam Pugsley (Bradenton, Fla.)
Equipment Coordinator: Silvestre Lara (Kansas City, Kan.)
Team Doctor Brian Babka (Sugar Grove, Ill.)
Athletic Trainer: James Spinale (Sarasota, Fla.)