CHICAGO (March 22, 2013) – U.S. Soccer Technical Advisors Brian Johnson and Carson Porter will lead a weeklong training camp with a U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team composed of players born in 1997. Players will convene from March 23-31 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
Johnson and Porter have called 24 players to camp - including Colorado Rapids Academy defender Quentin Pearson - with 18 of the players currently listed on a U.S. Soccer Development Academy club roster. A total of 18 players will then move on to compete for the U-17 ’97s at the 2013 Caspian Cup this May in Azerbaijan. The ’97 birth year represents the core age group for the eventual U-20 Men’s National Team that will begin competing for a spot in the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in early 2016.
The camp will run in conjunction with the U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team training camp.
U.S. U-17 '97 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2) : Austin Aviza (NE Revolution; Medway, Mass.), Justin Vom Steeg (Real So Cal; Santa Barbara, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (8): Guillermo Bermudez (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), David Chavez (Juventus Sport Club; Redwood City, Calif.), Henry Martin (NY Red Bulls; New York, N.Y.), Evan Martinez (Athletico Santa Rosa; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Pablo Pelaez (Albion SC; San Diego, Calif.) Quentin Pearson (Colorado Rapids; Longmont, Colo.), Alex Ramos (LA Galaxy; Reseda, Calif.), Sean Wilson (PDA; Bethleham, Pa.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Said Haji (NH Classics; Manchester, N.H.), Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake AZ; Paradise Valley, Ariz.) Cameron Lindley (Indiana United Fire; Carmel, Ind.), Kosti Moni (Crew Wolves; Grand Rapids, Mich.), Abuchi Obinwa (Chicago Magic PSG; Gotha, Fla.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake AZ; Park City, Utah)
FORWARDS (8): Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Malcolm Dixon (NY Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Christian Lucatero (Houston Dynamo; Pasadena, Texas), Amirgy Pineda (Fullerton Rangers; Santa Ana, Calif.), Rigoberto Rojas (Chicago Blast; Chicago, Ill.), Jorge Ruiz (Chivas USA; Mission Hills, Calif.), Alejandro Vergera (Chivas USA; Long Beach, Calif.), DJ Villegas (Davis Legacy; Sacramento, Calif.)