13-year-old Hyndman joins U.S. team

13-year-old Hyndman joins U.S. team
December 17, 2009
As the U.S. U15 Boys National Team camp trudges on this week in Bradenton, Florida, the New York Red Bulls have to be grinning with satisfaction.

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That’s because of the 32 players on the roster, the Red Bulls are by far the most represented club at the camp.

Five players in all are being borrowed from Rob Elliot’s squad, a reality that he’s more than OK with.

“It’s good, it’s great for the players to learn what is expected of them in soccer at the highest level,” Elliot said. “We’ve had as many as eight players in the pool at one time from this age group. It helps everyone.”

Of course, it isn’t quite so helpful for the Red Bulls when they face challenging Academy competition without some of their best players, but such is the trade-off in the pursuit of true development.

“That’s what it’s about,” Elliot said. “At this age group winning is one of the last things to be concerned with.”

The Red Bull standouts currently training with U.S. coach Jim Barlow’s group include Santiago Castano, a promising young goalkeeper enjoying his second season in the academy. Castano has good feet and hands and continues to learn the game.

Defender Russell Canouse’s greatest strength is that he doesn’t have much in the way of a weakness. Elliot has called Canouse one of his most complete players, a kid who doesn’t make many mistakes. Canouse is also in his second academy year after coming over from PA Classics club in Pennsylvania.

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Adam Najem is a central midfielder who has a tremendous understanding of the game and his positional responsibilities. Clearly, his past experience in the national pool and on select teams has done him justice.

Teammates Zachary Reed and John Toher are also on the team, speaking to the talent pool found at the New York Club.

Other members of the U15 squad include FC Delco’s Zachary Pfeffer is a very experienced player who can play multiple positions. He’s joined by 13-year-old sensation Emerson Hyndman, who has continued to make quite a name for himself this year, along with Henry Wingo (Crossfire Premier) and Miguel Polley (Michigan Wolves).

U.S. U15 Boys National Camp Roster

GOALKEEPERS (3): Santiago Castano (NY Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Arthur Eggers (CESA; Moore, S.C.), Zackary Steffen (FC DELCO; Downington, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (8): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Russell Canouse (NY Red Bulls; Lancaster, Pa.), Dylan Greenberg (Albertson SC; Dix Hills, N.Y.), Trevor Haberkorn (Solar SC; Roanoke, Texas), Matthew Habrowski (Derby County Wolves; Berkley, Mich.), Jose Ocampo (Crossfire Premier; Bothell, Wash.), David Raizes (Concorde Fire; John’s Creek, Ga.),  Zachary Reed (NY Red Bulls; Teaneck, N.J.)
MIDFIELDERS (16): Jordan Allen (Empire United SA; Rochester, N.Y.), Michael Chang (Sockers FC; Highland Park, Ill.), Osvaldo Chavez Jr. (Mexicas FC; El Paso, Texas), Christian DeLuna (Mustangs; Bay Point, Calif.), Nicholas Gaitan (Albertson SC; Oceanside, N.Y.), Emerson Hyndman (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Anthony Jeffries (Chicago Fire; Downers Grove, Ill.), Keegan McHugh (Scott Gallagher; St Charles, MO), Antonio Murillo (Brazil FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Adam Najem (NY Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Zachary Pfeffer (FC DELCO; Dresher, Penn.), Miguel Polley (Derby County Wolves; West Bloomfield, Mich.), Christian Rodriguez (LMVS Hawks; Alexandria, Va.), Kristian Scott (Bristol City FC; Winterbourne; Bristol, England), John Toher (NY Red Bulls; Blauvelt, N.Y.), Henry Wingo (Crossfire SC; Lake Forest Park, Wash.)
FORWARDS (5): Martin Arrieta (LAFC Chelsea; Pasadena, Calif.), Paul Arriola (Chula Vista Rangers; Chula Vista, Calif.), Kainoa Bailey (DC United; Henderson, Nev.), Nicholas Corriveau (Bethesda SC; Potomac, Md.), Keith Grieshaber (Scott Gallagher; Chesterfield, Mo.)
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