U.S. Soccer

U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team

2016 Nike Friendlies - Bradenton, Fla. - Nov. 30-Dec. 4

PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
M 5-6 Miami, Florida Weston FC
F 5-7 Brampton, Ontario Toronto FC
M Providence, R.I. New England Revolution
D 5-7 Rosewell, Georgia Georgia United
F 5-5 128 Powder Springs, Georgia Georgia United
D 5-7 136 Almere-Stad, Netherlands Ajax (Netherlands)
GK 6-2 150 Philadelphia, Penn. Philadelphia Union
M Glen Allen, Va. Richmond United
M Southlake, Texas Solar Chelsea SC
GK Miami, Fla. Kendall FC
D Montclair, N.J. New York Red Bulls
D 5-5 Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte SA
D 5-10 143 Palm Beach, Fla. Philadelphia Union
F 5-10 140 The Colony, Texas FC Dallas
M Westbury, N.Y. BW Gottschee
M Rye, N.Y. New York Soccer Club
F O'Fallen, Mo. St. Louis Scott Gallagher
M Mira Loma, Calif. FC Golden State
M 5-9 155 Savannah, Ga. IMG Academy
F 5-8 Rosedale, New York New York Red Bulls

2016 Nike Friendlies - Bradenton, Fla. - Nov. 30-Dec. 4

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-6

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Miami, Florida

Club:Weston FC

Position:Forward

Height:5-7

Birthdate:

Position:Forward

Hometown:Brampton, Ontario

Club:Toronto FC

Position:Midfielder

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Providence, R.I.

Club:New England Revolution

Position:Defender

Height:5-7

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Rosewell, Georgia

Club:Georgia United

Position:Forward

Height:5-5

Weight:128

Birthdate:

Position:Forward

Hometown:Powder Springs, Georgia

Club:Georgia United

Position:Defender

Height:5-7

Weight:136

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Almere-Stad, Netherlands

Club:Ajax (Netherlands)

Position:Goalkeeper

Height:6-2

Weight:150

Birthdate:

Position:Goalkeeper

Hometown:Philadelphia, Penn.

Club:Philadelphia Union

Position:Midfielder

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Glen Allen, Va.

Club:Richmond United

Position:Midfielder

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Southlake, Texas

Club:Solar Chelsea SC

Position:Goalkeeper

Birthdate:

Position:Goalkeeper

Hometown:Miami, Fla.

Club:Kendall FC

Position:Defender

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Montclair, N.J.

Club:New York Red Bulls

Position:Defender

Height:5-5

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Charlotte, North Carolina

Club:Charlotte SA

Position:Defender

Height:5-10

Weight:143

Birthdate:

Position:Defender

Hometown:Palm Beach, Fla.

Club:Philadelphia Union

Position:Forward

Height:5-10

Weight:140

Birthdate:

Position:Forward

Hometown:The Colony, Texas

Club:FC Dallas

Position:Midfielder

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Westbury, N.Y.

Club:BW Gottschee

Position:Midfielder

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Rye, N.Y.

Club:New York Soccer Club

Position:Forward

Birthdate:

Position:Forward

Hometown:O'Fallen, Mo.

Club:St. Louis Scott Gallagher

Position:Midfielder

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Mira Loma, Calif.

Club:FC Golden State

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-9

Weight:155

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Savannah, Ga.

Club:IMG Academy

Position:Forward

Height:5-8

Birthdate:

Position:Forward

Hometown:Rosedale, New York

Club:New York Red Bulls

U.S. Soccer Academy Director Course to Reconvene in February

One of the keys to sustained success at the senior level of international soccer is a productive development system. Becoming effective at developing talent can be distilled into the following equation: Better Coaches + Better Environments = Better Players.

Headlining the efforts to put that equation into practice in the USA is U.S. Soccer’s Academy Director Course, a year-long training program for leaders of the Development Academy’s 80 clubs. The course educates and informs academy directors on current trends and best practices in youth soccer, so that by graduation, participants have learned how to manage the everyday environment of their club.

“This course is part of the coaching education pathway, and improving our coaches is one of the biggest and one of the most important targets for us right now to help improve player development,” U.S. Soccer Director of Scouting Tony Lepore said.

The latest iteration of the course features 18 participants who will convene six times, including a stop at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., from Feb. 6-12. While there, the group will study and learn from the U-17 Men’s National Team as it prepares for U-17 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying in Panama this April.

In addition to observing the team train and compete in two matches, participants will learn from the program’s extensive curriculum. The program is broken down into modules, with each designed to give participants insight into how to build an optimal youth soccer environment. The modules are:

  • Club Policy
  • Talent Development Plan
  • Managing Day to Day
  • Leading the Staff
  • Communication
  • Innovation
  • Leadership

The modules teach a wide range of topics including match strategy, how to create a positive academy culture, how to use and understand advanced statistics, what goes into managing a coaching staff and the best ways to develop youth players.

“We believe this course is a great benefit to directors as the course is specific to their everyday needs,” said U.S. Soccer Coach Educator Aloys Wijnker, who serves as one of the program’s lead instructors. “It’s so important they understand their role and their importance within the club.”

The program is demanding, and the current participants still have much to learn before graduation, but going through the process is well worth it. U.S. Soccer has already graduated 40 members since its inception in 2013, resulting in positive changes throughout the Development Academy.

“There are a number of cases where the course has been transformative,” Lepore said. “In the end, it’s all about leadership. We’ve seen a number of leaders go through the course and go back and implement change and drive change within their own club, even to the point where they’re revisiting their own club’s philosophy and mission and doing a lot of rebuilding.”

While the course directly impacts each academy represented, it in turn creates a broader impact on American soccer as a whole. Productive environments are helping highly-skilled players develop faster and in larger quantities.

“Academy directors are having a big impact with their clubs,” Wijnker said. “We feel the everyday environments are improving and players are developing.”

With each passing year and the continued growth of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, the future of soccer in the U.S. looks brighter and brighter, and the Academy Director Course is an essential part of the rising soccer tide.

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U-17 MNT ACADEMY Jan 9, 2017

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WNT's Sweep at SheBelieves Cup Wins U.S. Soccer's Best Tournament Performance of 2016

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Morgan's Goal vs. Germany Wins U.S. Soccer's 2016 Best Goal of the Year

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U.S. WNT vs. Germany at SheBelieves Cup Wins Best Team Performance of 2016

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Crystal Dunn Wins Best Individual Performance of 2016

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USA Drawn into Group C for 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Panama

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U-17 MNT Dec 13, 2016

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USA Wins 2016 Nike International Friendlies with 3-0 Victory vs. Brazil

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U-17 MNT Dec 4, 2016

Penalty Kicks on Both Sides of Halftime Give Portugal 2-0 Win vs. Turkey

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U-17 MNT Dec 4, 2016

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U-17 MNT Dec 4, 2016

Braces from Akinola and Carleton Give USA 5-1 Win vs. Turkey at Nike Friendlies

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U-17 MNT Dec 2, 2016

Brazil and Portugal Draw 3-3 in Wild Back-and-Forth Match at 2016 Nike Friendlies

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U-17 MNT Dec 2, 2016

U-17 MNT Faces Turkey On Day Two of 2016 Nike Friendlies

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U-17 MNT Dec 2, 2016
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