Michael Ambrose honored


Michael Ambrose represents New Mexico ODP with U-17 National Team!

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Michael is #3 (4th from left)

BRADENTON, Fla. (Sept. 2, 2008) - U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Wilmer Cabrera and his staff has named 40 players to the 2008 fall semester of the U.S. Soccer Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. All of the players were born in 1992, 1993 and 1994, and are eligible to compete in the 2009 FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

“For us, it was important to find players from all over the country. Whether they come from affiliated leagues or small clubs, we wanted to make sure to reach more cities and more players than before,” said Cabrera, who joined the program as head coach in October 2007. “We made every effort to bring in players this semester that we think can make the roster for qualifying next spring.”

Cabrera and his staff welcome 17 players who have joined the program for the first time, including Boyd Okwuono and Sean Davis, who have been involved with the Under-15 Boys National Team. Five new players – Michael Ambrose, Sean Davis, Victor Pineda, Dominick Sarle and Eriq Zavaleta - secured their place in Residency during the team’s two-week tour of Central America in early August, where they faced a number of CONCACAF opponents.

Of the 23 returning players, seven are beginning their second semester in Bradenton, including the youngest on the roster in Alfred Koroma, while 15 are in their third semester. The Under-17 Men’s National Team will also welcome back midfielders Donovan Henry and Charles Renken and defender Jared Watts, who suffered knee injuries in the spring semester.

There are 19 players who join the squad from clubs in U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy, including new players who were brought in as the result of the extensive scouting network implemented in the inaugural year of the Academy. From that group, six players - John Agudelo, Julio Arjona, Jonathan Kempin, Alex Molano, Shaquille Phillips and Pineda – come from youth clubs associated with Major League Soccer teams.

Midfielder Carlos Martinez and forward Jack McInerney enter the semester as the team’s leading scorers in 2008. Martinez has scored five goals and added two assists in international competition, while McInerney has also tallied five times, including game-winners against Uruguay, Guatemala and Honduras.

The players will be competing for a place on the U.S. team that will attempt to qualify for its 14th consecutive FIFA Under-17 World Cup in April or May, when the qualifying tournament will be held in Mexico. Dates and venues for that tournament will be announced at a later date.

The U.S. players live on campus at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and train in the morning under the guidance of Cabrera and assistant coaches Paul Caffrey, Paul Grafer and Keith Fulk, who was hired before the start of the semester as the team’s third assistant. In the afternoon, the players attend classes at nearby Bradenton Preparatory Academy. While in the full-time residency program, the U.S. not only trains daily under Cabrera, 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, an indoor dome with artificial turf, two swimming pools, newly renovated student housing and dining facilities.

Since its inception in 1999, nearly 200 players have been through the full-time Residency Program, many of whom have moved on to Major League Soccer, or professional leagues in Europe. Fifteen players have also registered at least one cap with the full MNT: Bobby Convey, Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley, Jonathan Spector, Oguchi Onyewu, Eddie Johnson, Eddie Gaven, Santino Quaranta, Chad Marshall, Heath Pearce, Justin Mapp, Freddy Adu and Michael Bradley.

Player

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Birthdate

Hometown

Club

Agudelo, John

F

6-1

185

11/23/92

Barnegat, N.J.

N.Y. Red Bulls Academy

Ambrose, Michael

D

5-7

135

10/05/93

El Paso, Texas

Texas Fire

Arjona, Julio

D

6-0

170

03/10/92

Germantown, Md.

D.C. United Academy

Badr, Samir

GK

6-3

175

04/02/92

Fairfax, Va.

Bethesda Roadrunners

Brown, Jonathan

F

5-10

155

12/07/92

Clinton, Miss.

Central Jackson

Canales, Jonathan

M

5-9

145

02/29/92

Santa Ana, Calif.

West Coast FC

Corea, Dustin

M

5-9

145

03/21/92

Milwaukee, Ore.

East Side United FC

Craven, Andrew

M

5-11

155

01/21/92

St. Simons Island, Ga.

First Coast Kicks

Davis, Sean

M

5-9

140

02/08/93

Holmdel, N.J.

Match Fit Academy

Duran, Bryan

M

5-4

145

01/25/92

Duncanville, Texas

Latino Americana

Edwards, Earl

GK

6-3

205

01/24/92

San Diego, Calif.

La Jolla Nomads

Garza, Victor

M

5-7

140

02/25/92

Edinburg, Texas

Premier Soccer Academy

Gil, Luis

M

5-7

150

11/14/93

Garden Grove, Calif.

Pateadores

Gutierrez, Jaime

F

5-11

170

01/21/92

Lake Forest, Calif.

West Coast FC

Gyau, Joseph

M/F

5-7

145

09/16/92

Silver Springs, Md.

FC DELCO

Henry, Donovan

M

5-8

145

-2/20/92

Parkland, Fla.

Schulz Academy

Herold, Zachary

D

5-11

160

06/07/92

Port St. Lucie, Fla.

West Pines United

Jerome, Stefan

F

6-0

165

08/11/92

Davie, Fla.

West Pines United

Kempin, Jonathan

GK

6-1

170

04/08/93

Leawood, Kan.

KC Wizards Juniors

Kitchen, Perry

D

5-11

150

02/29/92

Indianapolis, Ind.

Chicago Magic

Koroma, Alfred

F

6-0

160

04/19/94

Dallas, Texas

Solar Red

Malki, George

M

5-11

155

04/21/92

Scottsdale, Ariz.

SC Delsol

Martinez, Carlos

M

5-9

155

01/21/92

Las Vegas, Nev.

Downtown Las Vegas SC

McCrary, Jordan

D

5-7

140

07/28/93

Marietta, Ga.

Concorde Fire

McInerney, Jack

F

5-9

160

08/05/92

Alpharetta, Ga.

Cobb SC

Molano, Alex

M

5-7

140

04/10/92

Grapevine, Texas

FC Dallas Juniors

Nash, Joel

M

5-6

145

01/20/92

Birmingham, Ala.

Premier Soccer Academy

Okwuonu, Boyd

D

5-7

145

02/24/93

Edmond, Okla.

Tulsa Thunder

Orozco, Emilio

D

5-11

150

04/29/92

Oxnard, Calif.

Rampage FC

Phillips, Shaquille

D

6-0

175

04/21/92

Greenbelt, Md.

D.C. United Academy

Pineda, Victor

M

5-11

140

03/15/93

Boilingbrook, Ill.

Chicago Fire Academy

Polak, Tyler

D

5-8

140

05/13/92

Lincoln, Neb.

Capital Soccer Academy

Renken, Charles

M

5-8

140

12/19/93

Edwardsville, Ill.

Scott Gallagher

Richey, Spencer

GK

6-1

170

05/30/92

Seattle, Wash.

Crossfire Premier

Rosas, Alberto

D

5-11

155

01/01/92

North Hollywood, Calif.

Real So Cal

Sarle, Dominick

M

5-9

140

09/15/92

Huntington, N.Y.

BW Gottschee

Shinsky, Alex

D

5-9

140

04/02/93

York, Penn.

SuperNova FC

Stephenson, Erik

M

5-8

160

01/08/92

Del Mar, Calif.

Surf

Watts, Jared

D

6-1

145

02/03/92

Statesville, N.C.

North Meck Storm

Zavaleta, Eriq

D

6-2

175

08/02/92

Westfield, Ind.

FC Pride



Under-17 Residency Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (4): Samir Badr (Fairfax, Va.), Earl Edwards (San Diego, Calif.), Jonathan Kempin (K.C. Wizards Juniors), Spencer Richey (Crossfire Premier)

DEFENDERS (13): Michael Ambrose (El Paso, Texas), Julio Arjona (D.C. United Academy), Zachary Herold (Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Chicago Magic), Jordan McCrary (Concorde Fire), Boyd Okwuonu (Edmond, Okla.), Emilio Orozco (Oxnard, Calif.), Shaquille Phillips (D.C. United Academy), Tyler Polak (Lincoln, Neb.), Alberto Rosas (Real So Cal), Alex Shinsky (York, Pa.), Jared Watts (North Meck), Eriq Zavaleta (Westfield, Ind.)

MIDFIELDERS (17): Jonathan Canales (Santa Ana, Calif.), Dustin Corea (Milwaukee, Ore.), Andrew Craven (St. Simons Island, Ga.), Sean Davis (Matchfit Academy), Bryan Duran (Duncanville, Texas), Victor Garza (Edinburg, Texas), Luis Gil (Pateadores), Joseph Gyau (FC DELCO), Donovan Henry (Schulz Academy), George Malki (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Carlos Martinez (Las Vegas, Nev.), Alex Molano (F.C. Dallas Juniors), Joel Nash (Birmingham, Ala.), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire Academy), Charles Renken (Scott Gallagher), Dominic Sarle (BW Gottschee), Erik Stephenson (Surf)

FORWARDS (6): John Agudelo (N.Y. Red Bulls Academy), Jonathan Brown (Clinton, Miss), Jaime Gutierrez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Stefan Jerome (Davie, Fla.), Alfred Koroma (Solar Red), Jack McInerney (Alpharetta, Ga.)

Note: Development Academy players are indicated by the listing of their clubs



National Team Staff

Head Coach:

Wilmer Cabrera

Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

Assistant Coach:

Paul Caffrey

Bradenton, Fla.

Assistant Coach:

Paul Grafer

Bradenton, Fla.

Assistant Coach:

Keith Fulk

Bradenton, Fla.

Program Manager:

Tim Ryder

Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

Team Coordinator:

Matt Burke

Bradenton, Fla.

Equipment Coordinator:

Jason Peters

St. Petersburg, Fla.

Athletic Trainer:

Paul Rushing

Palmetto, Fla.

Athletic Trainer:

Michael White

St. Petersburg, Fla.