Local youth player Junior Flores of McLean Youth Soccer and Manassas Park,Va. has been named to the U-17 Residency Program.
CHICAGO (Aug. 24, 2012) - The roster for the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team Residency Program was finalized for the 2012 Fall Semester,
with 31 players
selected to train full-time in Bradenton, Fla. Under the guidance of
head coach Richie Williams, the players are in preparation for the 2013
Championship from April 6-19 in Panama.
The CONCACAF U-17 Championship serves as the regional qualifying
tournament for the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Eleven new players join the roster for the semester including four
born in 1997: Sebastian Elney, Malcolm Jones, Peter Schropp and Ben
Swanson. In total,
six players were born in 1997, while the remaining 25 were born in
Twenty players return from the previous semester, including a trio
of players representing the New York Red Bulls Academy. Evan Louro,
Christopher Lema and
Wesley Wade all helped the Red Bulls U-15/16 team win the
Development Academy championship in July.
"We think we've assembled a very strong roster and we look forward
to working with all the players coming back and the new players coming
semester," U-17 MNT head coach Richie Williams said. "We hope to
continue to develop the players both individually and collectively so we
can be successful
on the field."
The roster also features 28 players from a 40-player camp held in
late July at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and 20 players
from the 24-player
roster that traveled to Costa Rica for the Copa Saprissa
Internacional tournament at the end of June. The U.S. placed second in
There are 24 players representing 19 Development Academy clubs,
including three each from Chivas USA and the New York Red Bulls, while
California is listed
as the home state for 12 of the 31 players.
The U.S. players live on campus at the IMG Academies in Bradenton
and train in the morning under the guidance of Williams and his coaching
staff. In the
afternoon, the players attend classes at St. Stephen's Episcopal
While in the full-time Residency Program, the U.S. team not only
trains daily, but also has access to the IMG Academies facilities. The
team regularly uses
the state-of-the-art strength-training facilities, as well as brand
new dormitories and meal rooms.
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
players with an environment where they can prosper as individual
players and come together as a team ahead of regional and world
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. Twenty-four
players have also registered at least one cap with the full MNT: Freddy
Agbossoumonde, Juan Agudelo, Jozy Altidore, DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle
Beckerman, Michael Bradley, Bobby Convey, Landon Donovan, Eddie Gaven,
Eddie Johnson, Eric Lichaj, Justin Mapp, Chad Marshall, Dax McCarty,
Oguchi Onyewu, Heath Pearce, Santino Quaranta, Robbie Rogers, Brek
Spector, Danny Szetela and Anthony Wallace.