CHICAGO (Nov. 14, 2012) – U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team head coach Hugo Perez has named a 36-player roster for the team’s upcoming training camp from Nov. 17-25 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
The training camp, the second of the year for the ‘99s age group, will feature four scrimmages against local opponents Pateadores, United FC and So Cal Select with back-to-back matches on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. PT and Saturday, Nov. 24 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. PT.
The inaugural camp for this age group was from Aug. 5-12 at The Home Depot Center, where Perez called together 50 players for the week-long event.
With numerous players in camp for the first time, the majority of the roster was born in 1999, but a few players were born in 2000. Defender Khai Brisco, forwards Ryan Palmbaum and Timothy Weah and midfielders Taylor Davila, Christopher Goslin and Ben Lederman are the six players born at the turn of the century.
Lederman is one of two notable Europe-based players on the roster. In 2011, the 12-year-old became the first American offered a spot in Spanish giant Barcelona’s famed youth academy, La Masia. Lederman played for the “Alevín A” side in 2011-12 and is now listed on the “Infantil B” roster, the next step up the ladder, for the 2012-13 season. This is Lederman’s first call-up to a U-14 BNT camp.
Vincent Borden returns to U-14 BNT camp for the second time after earning his first call in August. Borden, a native of Ithaca, N.Y., plays for the youth academy of Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb.
Four players on the roster are currently registered with U-15/16 teams in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Defender Antonio Nava and forward Adolfo Trujillo both represent De Anza Force as developmental players, while forward Jonathan Amon plays for South Carolina United Battery and midfielder Colin Brezniak is with Potomac. Brezniak, 13, has started all nine matches for Potomac and scored a goal against NJSA 04 on Sept. 23.
U-14 BNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Carlos Avilez (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Xavier Kennedy-Reed (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Ethan Koehler (New York Red Bulls; Maplewood, N.J.), Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (11): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Vincent Borden (Ithaca, N.Y., Dinamo Zagreb), Khai Brisco (Highline Premier FC; Renton, Wash.), Bekele Dowty (Blackhills FC; Olympia, Wash.), Mckay Eves (Las Vegas Heat; Las Vegas, Nev.), Kyle Gruno (PDA; Saddle River, N.J.), Antonio Nava (De Anza Force; Redwood City, Calif.), Matthew Real (FC Delco; Drexel Hill, Pa.), Cody Sundquist (Placer United; Lincoln, Calif.), Samuel Vines (Pride SC; Colorado Springs, Colo.), Carson Vom Steeg (Santa Barbara SC; Santa Barbara, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Ateno Ajeakwa (LA Galaxy; Gardena, Calif.), Colin Brezniak (Potomac; Hanover, Pa.), Jose Carranza (NVSC; Manassas, Va.), Taylor Davila (Real So Cal; Sherman Oaks, Calif.), Martin De Leon (MN Thunder Academy; Brooklyn Center, Minn.), Christopher Goslin (UFA Elite; Locust Grove, Ga.), Roberto Hernandez (Texas Rush; Houston, Texas), Milan Iloski (San Diego Surf, Escondido, Calif.), Ben Lederman (FC Barcelona; Barcelona, Spain), Nicholas Taitague (FC Richmond Magic; Midlothian, Va.), Juan Torres (GSA; Lilburn, Ga.)
FORWARDS (10): Jonathan Amon (SC United Battery; Summerville, S.C.), Lucas Del Rosario (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Omir Fernandez (BW Gottschee; New York, N.Y.), Jonathan Gonzalez (Atletico Santa Rosa; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Jeanpaul Marin (Downtown United SC; Rego Park, N.Y.), Jose Ortiz (LA Galaxy; Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.), Ryan Palmbaum (Estudiantes De La Plata; Roseville, Calif.), Daniel Sanchez (Tecos Hayward Club; Hayward, Calif.), Adolfo Trujillo (De Anza Force; Livermore, Calif.), Timothy Weah (BW Gottschee; Rosedale, N.Y.)