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Started in 1999, the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Residency Program has become a symbol of U.S. Soccer’s dedication to increasing the development opportunities for players and the success of the Youth National Teams.

With the recent successes of the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team, the full-time Residency Program has grown in previous years, at one point reaching a mark of 40 players. U.S. Soccer has been able to maintain a strong group of players enrolled in the program to provide greater opportunities for young players and increase its investment in player development.

Richie Williams was named the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach in January of 2012, moving into the position just a few months after being appointed the U-18 MNT head coach in October of 2011. As the U-17 MNT head coach, Williams takes on the task of leading the U.S. Soccer U-17 Residency Program, which has been in place since 1999.

The U.S. players live on campus at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and train in the morning under the guidance of Williams and U-17 MNT assistant coaches. In the afternoon, the players attend classes at St. Stephens Episcopal School. While in the full-time residency program, the U.S. not only trains daily under Williams, but also has access to the IMG Academy’s spacious facilities. The team regularly uses IMG’s state-of-the-art strength-training facilities, as well as some of the nation’s best sports psychologists that work at the Academy. The IMG Academy includes top-of-the-line soccer equipment, three Bermuda grass fields, two swimming pools, newly renovated student housing and dining facilities.

Beginning in 1999, the Residency Program has given players an opportunity to grow and move up the ladder in the world of soccer and become professionals in Major League Soccer, some of the biggest clubs in Europe and even make an impact on the full U.S. Men's National Team. The program in Bradenton provides players with an environment where they can prosper as individual players and come together as a team ahead of regional and world competition.

Since its inception, more than 300 players have been through the full-time Residency Program, and more than 100 of those players have moved on to Major League Soccer, or the professional leagues in Europe. Nineteen players have also registered at least one cap with the full MNT: Freddy Adu, Jozy Altidore, DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman, Michael Bradley, Bobby Convey, Landon Donovan, Eddie Gaven, Omar Gonzalez, Eddie Johnson, Justin Mapp, Chad Marshall, Dax McCarty, Oguchi Onyewu, Heath Pearce, Santino Quaranta, Robbie Rogers, Jonathan Spector and Danny Szetela.

The first full-time U.S. Soccer Residency Program began on Jan. 17, 1999, when U.S. Soccer collected the top 20 of the country’s elite youth players to train year-round at IMG Academy. In its first year of existence, the U.S. Soccer Residency Program produced instant success as the Under-17s qualified for the FIFA Under-17 World Championship in New Zealand in November of 1999. On the world stage, the American teenagers rose to the occasion, winning their group and advancing to the semifinals before being ousted in a penalty shootout. The fourth-place finish tied for the best showing by a U.S. Youth National Team in a major international competition. Also, U.S. stars Donovan and Beasley were awarded the Gold and Silver Balls, respectively, as the top two players in the entire tournament.

After struggling in the “Group of Death” two years later, the U.S. bounced back with back-to-back fifth-place finishes in the following two FIFA U-17 World Championships in 2003 and 2005. In the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship, the U.S. went undefeated in group play to win its group for just the third time in 11 appearances, and the first time since 1999. At the 2007 edition of the tournament, the squad advanced out of its group before meeting eventual third-place finisher Germany in the Round of 16, falling 2-1.

A semester-by-semester listing of the players involved with U.S. Soccer’s Full-Time Residency Program:

Spring 1999 (20 players): Nelson Akwari*, DaMarcus Beasley*, Kyle Beckerman*, Danny Bolin, Filippo Chillemi, Jordan Cila*, Bobby Convey*, D.J. Countess*, Steve Cronin*, Kenny Cutler*, Landon Donovan*, Adolfo Gregorio*, Bryan Jackson*, Kellen Kalso*, Greg Martin*, Oguchi Onyewu*, Raul Rivera, Matt Roberts, Seth Trembly*, Alexander Yi*

Fall 1999 (20 players): Nelson Akwari*, DaMarcus Beasley*, Kyle Beckerman*, Jordan Cila*, Bobby Convey*, D.J. Countess*, Steve Cronin*, Kenny Cutler*, Justin Detter, Landon Donovan*, Adolfo Gregorio*, Bryan Jackson*, Kellen Kalso*, Greg Martin*, Oguchi Onyewu*, Abe Thompson*, Seth Trembly*, Peter Withers, Alexander Yi*

Spring 2000 (18 players): Craig Capano*, David Chun*, Daniel Fiore, Gray Griffin*, Jordan Harvey*, Ed Johnson*, Paul Johnson*, Chris Lancos*, Justin Mapp*, Heath Pearce, Santino Quaranta*, Zachary Riffett, Marco Rodriguez, Mario Rodriguez, Adam Schuerman*, Chefik Simo*, Jordan Stone*, Josh Villalobos

Fall 2000 (18 players): Craig Capano*, David Chun*, Hunter Freeman, Gray Griffin*, Jordan Harvey*, David Johnson*, Ed Johnson*, Paul Johnson*, Chris Lancos*, Mike Magee, Justin Mapp*, Chad Marshall*, Heath Pearce, Santino Quaranta*, Adam Schuerman*, Chefik Simo*, Jordan Stone*, Josh Villalobos, Tyson Wahl*, Ford Williams*

Spring 2001 (20 players): Craig Capano*, David Chun*, Hunter Freeman, Gray Griffin*, Jordan Harvey*, David Johnson*, Ed Johnson*, Paul Johnson*, Chris Lancos*, Justin Mapp*, Chad Marshall*, Mike Magee*, Heath Pearce, Santino Quaranta*, Adam Schuerman*, Chefik Simo*, Jordan Stone*, Josh Villalobos, Tyson Wahl*, Ford Williams*

Fall 2001 (18 players): Corey Ashe*, Craig Capano*, John DiRaimondo*, Erik Forbes, Eddie Gaven*, Guillermo Gonzalez*, Gray Griffin*, Michael Harrington*, Chris Lancos*, Mike Magee*, Justin Mapp*, Phil Marfuggi*, Tomiwa Ogunsola, Brandon Owens*, Adam Schuerman*, Jordan Stone*, Josh Villalobos, Eric Vogl

Spring 2002 (20 players): Freddy Adu*, Corey Ashe*, Nicolas Colaluca, John DiRaimondo*, Eddie Gaven*, Jose Gomez, Guillermo Gonzalez*, Brian Grazier*, Adam Hahn, Michael Harrington*, Drew Harrison, Kyle Helton*, Cameron Lewis, Phil Marfuggi*, Brandon McDonald, Tomiwa Ogunsola, Brandon Owens*, Jonathan Spector*, Eric Vogl, Chase Wileman

Fall 2002 (30 players): Freddy Adu*, Corey Ashe*, Michael Bradley, Adrian Chevannes*, Steve Curfman*, John DiRaimondo*, Eddie Gaven*, Chris Germani*, Brian Grazier*, Jose Gomez, Guillermo Gonzalez*, Michael Harrington*, Drew Harrison, Kyle Helton*, Rodrigo Hidalgo, Christian Jimenez, Phil Marfuggi*, Brian Mascarenhas, Tomiwa Ogunsola, Brandon Oot, Brandon Owens*, Jacob Peterson*, Marcus Rein, Robbie Rogers, Stephen Sandbo*, Jonathan Spector*, Daniel Szetela*, Julian Valentin*, Eric Vogl, Tim Ward, Jamie Watson*, Chase Wileman

Spring 2003 (30 players): Freddy Adu*, Corey Ashe*, Michael Bradley, Adrian Chevannes*, Steve Curfman*, John DiRaimondo*, Eddie Gaven*, Chris Germani*, Jose Gomez, Guillermo Gonzalez*, Brian Grazier*, Michael Harrington*, Drew Harrison, Kyle Helton*, Christian Jimenez, Phil Marfuggi*, Brian Mascarenhas, Tomiwa Ogunsola, Brandon Oot, Brandon Owens*, Jacob Peterson*, Marcus Rein, Stephen Sandbo*, Jonathan Spector*, Daniel Szetela*, Julian Valentin*, Eric Vogl, Tim Ward, Jamie Watson*, Chase Wileman

Fall 2003 (40 players): Freddy Adu*, Kevin Alston*, Tony Ampaipitakwong, Eric Avila, Fernando Ayala, Michael Bradley, Michael Dalpra, Richard Edgar, Gabriel Farfan*, Michael Farfan*, Greg Folk, Jordan Graye, Jeremy Hall*, Jesse Henderson, Rodrigo Hidalgo, Christian Jimenez, Cameron Jordan, Quavas Kirk*, Eric Lichaj, Dax McCarty, Kyle Nakazawa*, Evan Newton, Marcus Rein, Bryant Rueckner*, Estuardo Sanchez, Stephen Sandbo*, Ofori Sarkodie*, Jeff Scannella, Jay Singh, Adam Sloustcher, Ryan Soroka*, Nathan Sturgis*, Daniel Szetela*, Julian Valentin*, Jonathan Villanueva, Blake Wagner*, Kenneth Walker, Tim Ward, Taylor Waspi, Mark Wiltse

Spring 2004 (40 players): Freddy Adu*, Kevin Alston*, Tony Ampaipitakwong, Eric Avila, Michael Balogun, Nicolas Besango*^, Carlos Borja, Michael Bradley, Alandus Brooks, Michael Dalpra, Richard Edgar, Gabriel Farfan*, Michael Farfan*, Greg Folk, Jeremy Hall*, Rodrigo Hidalgo, Amaechi Igwe*^, Christian Jimenez, Cameron Jordan, Brett King, Quavas Kirk*, Eric Lichaj, Dax McCarty, Kyle Nakazawa*, Evan Newton, Cesar Nunez, Marcus Rein, Bryant Rueckner*, Stephen Sandbo*, Ofori Sarkodie*, Jeff Scannella, Adam Sloustcher, Ryan Soroka*, Michael Stephens, Nathan Sturgis, Daniel Szetela*, Julian Valentin*, Jonathan Villanueva, Blake Wagner*, Matthew Walker, Tim Ward, Taylor Waspi, Preston Zimmerman*^

Fall 2004 (40 players): Eddie Ababio, Kevin Alston*, Josmer Altidore*, Anthony Ampaipitakwong, Bryan Arguez, Matt Armstrong, David Arvizu*, Eric Avila, Michael Balogun, Nikolas Besagno*, Carlos Borja, Jonathan Collier, Victor Cortez, Michael Dal Pra, Richard Edgar, Gabriel Farfan*, Michael Farfan*, Andrew Giallombardo, Jeremy Hall*, Amaechi Igwe*, Quavas Kirk*, Eric Lichaj, Ernesto Mariscal, Perica Marosevic, Kyle Nakazawa*, Evan Newton, Cesar Nunez, Brian Perk*, Patrick Rickards, Bryant Rueckner*, Ofori Sarkodie*, Joel Smith, Ryan Soroka*, Joseph Sorrentino, Michael Stephens, Blake Wagner*, Matthew Walker, Anthony Wallace, Drew Yates, Preston Zimmerman*

Spring 2005 (40 players): Eddie Ababio, Kevin Alston*, Josmer Altidore*, Anthony Ampaipitakwong, Bryan Arguez, David Arvizu*, Eric Avila, Michael Balogun, Joe Bendik, Nikolas Besagno*, Carlos Borja, Jonathan Collier, Victor Cortez, Greg Eckhardt, Richard Edgar, Gabriel Farfan*, Michael Farfan*, Andrew Giallombardo, Omar Gonzalez*, Jeremy Hall*, Amaechi Igwe*, Hector Jimenez, Quavas Kirk*, Eric Lichaj, Ernesto Mariscal, Perica Marosevic, Kyle Nakazawa*, Evan Newton, Cesar Nunez, Danny Ortega, Brian Perk*, Ryan Peterman, Bryant Rueckner*, Ofori Sarkodie*, Ryan Soroka*, Joseph Sorrentino, Michael Stephens, Neven Subotic, Blake Wagner*, Anthony Wallace, Preston Zimmerman*

Fall 2005 (40 players): Kevin Alston*, Josmer Altidore*, David Arvizu*, Edgar Barajas, Danny Barerra, Mykell Bates, Cameron Brown, Brandyn Bumpas, Kyle Davies, Greg Eckhardt, Richard Edgar, Andrew Giallombardo, Omar Gonzalez*, Jeremy Hall*, Amaechi Igwe*, Jared Jeffrey, Ian Kalis, Daniel Kelly, Quavas Kirk*, Josh Lambo^, Brandon Lee, Eric Lichaj, David MacVane, Perica Marosevic, Ellis McLoughlin, Thomas Meyer, Kyle Nakazawa*, Brian Perk*, Diego Restrepo, Bryant Rueckner*, Ofori Sarkodie*, Michael Stephens, Joseph Sorrentino, Ryan Soroka*, Brandon Tarr, Kirk Urso, Blake Wagner*, Anthony Wallace, Daniel Wenzel, Sheanon Williams, Preston Zimmerman*

Spring 2006 (40 players): Dersu Abolfathi, Josmer Altidore*, Edgar Barajas, Danny Barerra, Mykell Bates, Brandyn Bumpas, Kyle Davies, Alex Dixon, Bryan Dominguez, Greg Eckhart, Jeremy Hall*, Abdus Ibrahim, Larry Jackson, Tevin Jackson, Jared Jeffrey, Ian Kalis, Daniel Kelly*, Josh Lambo, Brandon Lee, Axel Levry, Eric Lichaj, David MacVane, Perica Marosevic, Ellis McLoughlin, Thomas Meyer, Chris Miller, Temistocles Molinar, TJ Nelson, Jesse Paredes, Brian Perk*, Dane Shea, Joseph Sorrentino, Brandon Tarr, Kirk Urso, Matthew Uy, Anthony Wallace, Daniel Wenzel, Sheanon Williams, Victor Yanez, Brandon Zimmerman.

Fall 2006 (40 players): Dersu Abolfathi, Jose Altamirano, Danny Barerra, Mykell Bates, Alonzo Carter, Scott Caldwell, Kyle Davies, Alex Dixon, Bryan Dominguez, Ryan Finley, Greg Garza, Eduardo Gonzalez, Ryan Gracia, Christian Ibeagha, Abdus Ibrahim, Larry Jackson, Jared Jeffrey, Brendan King, Josh Lambo, Brandon Lee, Axel Levry, Zac MacMath, Ellis McLoughlin, David Meves, Nick Millington, TJ Nelson, Amobi Okugo, Jesse Paredes, Aubrey Perry, Evan Raynr, Kofi Sardokie, Israel Sesay, Dane Shea, Howard Turk, Kirk Urso, Matthew Uy, Zarek Valentin, Daniel Wenzel, Sheanon Williams, Brandon Zimmerman.

Spring 2007 (40 players): Dersu Abolfathi, Gale Agbossoumonde, Jose Altamirano, Eder Arreola, Mykell Bates* Scott Caldwell, Brice Carr, Chris Cummings, Alex Dixon, Bryan Dominguez*, Ryan Finley, Greg Garza*, Ryan Gracia, Abdus Ibrahim*, Larry Jackson*, Jared Jeffrey*, Brendan King*, Chris Klute*, Josh Lambo*, Brandon Lee, Axel Levry, Zac MacMath*, Ellis McLoughlin*, David Meves, Nick Millington, Alex Nimo*, Amobi Okugo, Jesse Paredes, Aubrey Perry, Charles Renken, Kofi Sardokie*, Billy Schuler*, Israel Sesay, Brek Shea*, Howard Turk, Kirk Urso*, Matthew Uy, Daniel Wenzel*, Sheanon Williams*, Brandon Zimmerman*

Fall 2007 (48 players): Earl Edwards, Estanilao Arevalo, Tyler Polak, Joshua Sylva, Marlon Duran, Zachary Herold, Perry Kitchen, Edson Lemus, Carlos Martinez, Bryan Dominguez*, Jared Watts, Andrew Craven, Joseph-Claude Gyau, Donovan Henry, Stefan Jerome, Jack McInerny, Gale Agbossoumone, Zac MacMath*, Emilio Orozco, Ben Speas, Eder Arreola, Korey Veeder, Brian Sylvestre, Alex Bramall, Gregory Garza*, Chase Miller, Jaime Gutierrez, Pablito Cruz, Aaron Horton, Chad Barson, Aubrey Perry, Amobi Okugo, Kofi Sarkodie*, Nick Millington, Scott Caldwell, Ryan Finley, Charles Renken, Samir Badr, Jared Jeffrey*, Mykell Bates*, Daniel Wenzel*, Sheanon Williams*, Brek Shea*, Brandon Zimmerman*, Billy Schuler*, Brendan King*, Chris Klute*, Josh Lambo*

Spring 2008 (40 players): Christian Alvarez, Julio Arjona, Eder Arreola, Samir Badr, Zachary Barnes, Alex Bramall, Scott Caldwell, Andrew Craven, Rob Derschang, Bryan Dominguez*, Bryan Duran, Earl Edwards, George Fradenburg, Luis Gil, Jaime Gutierrez, Joseph Gyau, Drew Hartell, Zachary Herold, Stefan Jerome, Perry Kitchen, Alfred Koroma, Zac MacMath, Carlos Martinez, Jack McInerney, Chase Miller, Nick Millington, Emilio Orozco, Aubrey Perry, Shaquille Phillips, Tyler Polak, Charles Renken, Spencer Richey, Kofi Sarkodie*, Alex Shinsky, Brian Span, Eric Stephenson, Brian Sylvestre, Korey Veeder, Jared Watts

Fall 2008 (40 players): Juan Agudelo, Michael Ambrose, Julio Arjona, Samir Badr, Jonathan Brown, Jonathan Canales, Dustin Corea, Andrew Craven, Sean Davis, Bryan Duran, Earl Edwards, Victor Garza, Luis Gil, Jaime Gutierrez, Joseph Gyau, Donovan Henry, Zachary Herold, Stefan Jerome, Jonathan Kempin, Perry Kitchen, Alfred Koroma, George Malki, Carlos Martinez, Jordan McCrary, Jack McInerney, Alex Molano, Joel Nash, Boyd Okwuonu, Emilio Orozco, Shaquille Phillips, Victor Pineda, Tyler Polak, Charles Renken, Spencer Richey, Alberto Rosas, Dominick Sarle, Alex Shinsky, Erik Stephenson, Jared Watts, Eriq Zavaleta

Spring 2009 (40 players): Juan Agudelo*, Michael Ambrose, Julio Arjona, Samir Badr, Jonathan Brown, Jonathan Canales, Dustin Corea, Andrew Craven, Sean Davis, Marlon Duran*, Earl Edwards*, Cristian Flores, Luis Gil*, Joseph Gyau, Donovan Henry, Zachary Herold*, Stefan Jerome*, Jonathan Kempin, Perry Kitchen*, Alfred Koroma, George Malki, Carlos Martinez*, Jordan McCrary, Jack McInerney*, Alex Molano, Boyd Okwuonu*, Emilio Orozco, Jose Perez, Shaquille Phillips, Victor Pineda, Tyler Polak*, Charles Renken, Spencer Richey*, Soony Saad, Dominick Sarle*, Alex Shinsky*, Erik Stephenson, Jared Watts*, Eriq Zaveleta*

Fall 2009 (40 players): Juan Agudelo*, Michael Ambrose, Julio Arjona, Atsouh Ayah, Keith Cardona*, Andrew Chang, Jerome Cristobal, Sean Davis, Marlon Duran*, Earl Edwards*, Irvin Gijon, Luis Gil*, Eric Gonzalez, Alejandro Guido, Kellen Gulley, Zachary Herold*, Stefan Jerome*, Perry Kitchen*, Alfred Koroma, Carlos Martinez*, Jordan McCrary, Jack McInerney*, Boyd Okwuonu* Andrew Oliver, Emilio Orozco, Nick Palodichuk* Marc Pelosi, Fernando Piña, Tyler Polak*, Spencer Richey*, Dominick Sarle*, Alex Shinsky* Nathan Smith, Andrew Souders, Sebastian Velasquez, Jared Watts*, Eriq Zavaleta*

Spring 2010 (40 players): Kellyn Acosta, Joe Amon, Martin Arrieta, Atsouh Ayah, Ive Burnett, Russell Canouse, Santiago Castano, Bryan Celis, Andrew Chang, Nicko Corrieveau, Jerome Cristobal, Mikhail Doholis, Holden Fender, Irvin Gijon, Eric Gonzalez, Carlos Grande, Alejandro Guido, Kellen Gulley, Wade Hamilton, James Haupt, Brody Hickey, Sagar Jambusaria, Riggs Lennon, Darius Madison, Ryan Masch, Kendall McIntosh, Nico Melo, Alessandro Mion, Adam Najem, Andrew Oliver, Oscar Ortega, Marc Pelosi, Zachary Pfeffer, Fernando Piña, Esteban Rodriguez, Mario Rodriguez, Tarik Salkicic, Kristian Scott, Nathan Smith, Andrew Souders

Fall 2010 (40 players): Kellyn Acosta, Ricardo Adalpe, Joe Amon, Paul Arriola, Russell Canouse, Kevin De La Torre, Marco Delgado, Ruben Duran, Mobi Fehr, Daniel Flores, Patrick Foss, Alejandro Guido, Kellen Gulley, Trevor Haberkorn, Wade Hamilton, Jared Hegardt, Edwin Luna, Luis Martir, Ryan Masch, Jake McGuire, Kendall McIntosh, Nico Melo, Alessandro Mion, Antonio Murillo, Alex Muyl, Cole Nagy, Adam Najem, Andrew Oliver, Marc Pelosi, Fernando Piña, Miguel Polley, Esteban Rodriguez, Mario Rodriguez, Tarik Salkicic, Cole Seiler, Dillon Serna, Nathan Smith, Andrew Souders, Colton Storm, Danny Zaid

Spring 2011 (40 players): Kellyn Acosta, Jordan Allen, Joe Amon, Paul Arriola, Zach Carroll, Kevin De La Torre, Marco Delgado, Christian Duarte, Mobi Fehr, Daniel Flores, Patrick Foss, Alejandro Guido, Kellen Gulley, Wade Hamilton, AJ Jeffries, Michael King, Alfred Koroma, Fernando Laverde, Luis Martir, Jack McBean, Jake McGuire, Kendall McIntosh, Nico Melo, Alessandro Mion, Antonio Murillo, Alex Muyl, Adam Najem, Reed Norton, Andrew Oliver, Marc Pelosi, Fernando Piña, Miguel Polley, Esteban Rodriguez, Mario Rodriguez, Tarik Salkicic, Dillon Serna, Nathan Smith, Andrew Souders, Colton Storm, Danny Zaid

Fall 2011 (32 players): Adonis Amaya, Corey Baird, Vernon Bailey, Jorge Calix, Paul Christensen, Conor Donovan, Steven Echevarria, Alek Gogic, Angel Heredia, Bradford Jamieson, Guyllian Kabala, Danya Kafai, Christopher Lema, Evan Louro, Elijah Martin, Declan McCabe, Herber Mejia-Flores, Shaquell Moore, Matt Nance, Kevin Politz, John Requejo, DeAndre Robinson, Rubio Rubin, Dean Rutherford, Bruno Scodari, Alejandro Segovia, Brandon Tetro, Nedin Tucakovic, Tyler Turner, Wesley Wade, Dembakwi Yomba, Thomas Ziemer




*indicates a player who played in a FIFA U-17 World Cup
^player was added late in the semester


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