The blend between old and new for U.S. Soccer’s Bradenton Residency Roster this spring is indicative to U.S. U17 Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera’s efforts to solidify the defense in preparations for the CONCACAF U17 Championships and the potential FIFA U17 World Cup berth.
Eight new players have been called into residency, housed on the campus of IMG Academies in Florida, with half of them being defenders. AJ Jeffries (Chicago Fire Juniors), Reed Norton (Concorde Fire), and Michael King (Texans SC Houston) have been invited to strengthen the backline that already contains veterans Andrew Oliver, , Nathan Smith, and Andrew Souders.
2011 U.S. Soccer U-17 Residency Spring Semester Roster by Position (Detailed Roster - courtesy US Soccer)
GOALKEEPERS (4): Wade Hamilton (Arsenal FC; Murietta, Calif.), Jake McGuire (Chivas USA Academy; Chino, Calif.), Kendall McIntosh (Mustang Academy; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Fernando Piña (Houston Dynamo Academy; Houston, Texas)
DEFENDERS (12): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas Juniors; Plano, Texas), Zachary Carroll (Vardar; Grand Blanc, Mich.), Mobi Fehr (Tokyo Verdy 1969; Tokyo, Japan), AJ Jeffries (Chicago Fire Juniors; Downers Grove, Ill.), Michael King (Texans SC Houston; Spring, Texas), Luis Martir (Chivas Guadalajara; Los Angeles, Calif.), Alessandro Mion (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.), Reed Norton (Concorde Fire; Evans, Ga.), Miguel Polley (Derby County Wolves; West Bloomfield, Mich.), Nathan Smith (Cal Odyssey; Clovis, Calif.), Andrew Souders (Crew Soccer Academy; Amherst, Ohio), Danny Zaid (Camp Elite Guatemala; Guatemala City)
MIDFIELDERS (15): Jordan Allen (Empire United; Rochester, N.Y.), (South Carolina United FC; Summerville, S.C.), Marco Delgado (Cosmo Academy West; Glendora, Calif.), Christian Duarte (Texans SC Houston; League City, Texas), Patrick Foss (D.C. United Academy; South Riding, Va.), (Aztecs Premier; Chula Vista, Calif.), Fernando Laverde (FC Dallas; Cali, Colombia), (Florida Rush; Kissimmee, Fla.), Antonio Murillo (Neusport; Las Vegas, Nev.), Adam Najem (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), (Cosmos Academy West; Palmdale, Calif.), Tarik Salkicic (Strictly Soccer; Pinellas Park, Fla.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids Academy; Brighton, Colo.), Colton Storm (HMMS Eagle FC; Mechanicsburg, Pa.)
FORWARDS (9): Paul Arriola (Arsenal FC; Chula Vista, Calif.), Kevin De La Torre (Chivas USA Academy; Winchester, Calif.), Daniel Flores (Cal Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Kellen Gulley (Mississippi Chicago Fire Juniors; Clinton, Miss.), Alfred Koroma (Solar Chelsea FC; Arlington, Texas), Jack McBean (Los Angeles Galaxy Academy; Newport Beach, Calif.), Alex Muyl (Cosmos Academy East; New York, N.Y.), Andrew Oliver (Westside United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Mario Rodriguez (Central Aztecs; North Hollywood, Calif.)