- The nearly 120 players who participated in the U.S. Soccer U14 Boys National Team ID Camp are traveling to their respective homes across the country Saturday, following Friday’s closing day of matches at the event. U14 BNT head coach Manny Schellscheidt sat down with Top Drawer Soccer to discuss the camp, player development in the U.S. in general.
He said he was pleased with the way this week’s camp progressed.
The U14 BNT National ID camp concluded on Saturday.
“Time will tell how many guys become great players, but once again a great group of guys who are exciting to work with,” he said. “Nothing beats hanging around with the little kids who are pretty gifted. Now we will sort it out. I’ll have time to take my notes and make my selection (for Thanksgiving camp). There will be a few moments when I have a little bit of a headache because it’s still a group of 50 or more that set themselves apart from the others, but as I just told them, it’s too early for anyone to feel put aside. There is a chance that the 80th or 909th kid could push ahead in the next few years.”
Schellscheidt said he wants to see more emphasis at the grassroots level on creative, attacking soccer.
“The only area where we are always searching and hoping is the attacking end. It’s the gifted part that you can’t create so much as a coach,” he said. “You’re always limited there, but what concerns me is I see so many clubs in youth soccer playing with not enough forwards. We are taking our cues from the big clubs playing with one forward. I’m waiting for the day when we play with no forwards. (Encouraging attacking play at the youth level) would also mean there are a greater number of players playing in this position and getting the kind of development and education they need to play it well and produce good players there.
“If it doesn’t start happening naturally we need to tweak it a little bit,” he continued. “That’s why at this camp we have everyone play 3-4-3. It’s not that I’m so crazy about that system, in fact I don’t even like systems that much for this age, but it means the greatest exposure to attacking soccer and we also can learn if we have good defenders because if we always fix it by having numbers behind the ball, then we don’t learn if we have good defenders either.”
This age group will convene as a national team playing against four regional teams at Thanksgiving at Walt Disney World in Florida.Pool Match: Team Five 1, Team Six 1
Santa Barbara SC’s John Requejo scored a 2nd half equalizer from a scramble, to cancel out Austin Stamey’s half opener.
Highland SC forward Stamey scored after getting a good pass from Reginald Epps, who had another good match with his running down the wing. PDA midfielder Brandon Tetro looked good again in the middle of the park, both in winning the ball and in distribution. Surf SC’s Corey Baird was very composed on the ball in the middle of the field and showed good passing skills and overall technique. Mustang SC goalkeeper Andrew Ferber
was decisive in coming off his line and showed good technique for shot-stopping, handling and distribution.
Even before his game-tying goal, Requejo was causing Team 5 trouble with his running and footwork down the wing in the 2nd half. New Hyde Park, New York’s Billy Stevens was solid in defense, while Lee-Mount Vernon SC’s Chase Gasper
put in a hard-working shift in midfield, as he has done all week. Minnesota Thunder midfielder Toby Khounviseth again showed good feet, vision and passing ability.
Lineups (most players play one, 30-minute half)
GK: Gianni Carillo, Andrew Epstein
D: Carter Manley, Matthew Nance
, Jeffrey Rhodes, Bruno Scodari
, Luka Martinovic, William Stevens,
M: Sam Brown, Chase Gasper
, Toby Khounviseth, , Noah Snyder, Joseph Swenson
, Brandon Tetro, Declan McCabe, Jack Menard, Danya Kafai
F: Jorge Calix, James Ellis
, Alex Tejera, Austin Stamey, Reginald Epps, Nathan Schultz
GK: Andrew Ferber
, Marius Heislitz
D: Elijah Martin, Esteban Reyes, Fischer Gallinger, Wilfred Williams, Vernon Bailey, Patrick Khouri
M: Corey Baird, Michael Clemmons, Jeremy Colvin
, Ricardo Ruiz, Joab Santoyo
, Eric Holt, John Requejo, Arturo Paz
F: Rolando Velazquez, Oscar Martinez, Rubio Rubin, Andonis Amaya, Alan Winn, Lawrence Taiwo, Emerson HyndmanTeam One 1, Team Two 1
WAZA FC’s Samuel Akpik scored the opener on a nice feed from Blackwatch Premier’s Daniel Apajee. Lee-Mount Vernon’s Imad Mojaddidi tied the score in the 2nd half on a setup from New Hampshire Classics’ Guyllain Khabala.
Vardar goalkeeper Craig Duggan
made a great 1v1 save in the 1st half. Rico Lizbinski of Olney SC in Maryland shows great technique in striking and passing a ball, plus good vision. He never made the pool but I still feel POB Pirahnas goalkeeper Oliver Roberts was among the best goalkeepers here.
GK:Brendan Burke, Aleksandr Gogic
D: Harrison Roche, Doluwamu Oyewole, Miles Davis, Zachary Zandi, James Buonavita, Brandon Curtis
M: Theodore Miller, Anthony Viteri
, Jake Rozhansky, Kevin Herrera, Sebastian Joly
F:, Adonis Martinez, Akeem Ward, Guyllain Kabala, Imad Mojaddidi, Rico Lizbinski
GK: Oliver Roberts, Craig Duggan
D: Connor Ballantyne, Viet Nguyen, Neil Martorana, Teon Fountain, Ezequiel Cei, Jackson Weiss
M: Gary Huang
, Alex Underwood, John Moderwell
Daegan Debono, Daniel Apajee, Samuel Akpik
F: Nathan Mclean, Morris Kamara, Hunter Barone, Andres Torres, Derek Etienne
Team IV 2, Team III 1
Washington Premier’s Denis Kalamar set up both goals for Team IV. He made a strong run with the ball before feeding New England Eagles forward Trevor Davock for the opener, then set up Ohio Premier’s Nathan Kohl to make it 2-0. GSA Phoenix forward DeAndre Robinson pulled one back for Team III with a strong run through the middle, but no goals were scored in the 2nd half.
Arthur Paterson again showed good qualities as a two-way midfielder, while Dallas Texans’ midfielder Ivan Alvarado
looked dangerous on the ball.
GK: Nicolas Zadan
D: Vernon Bailey, Omar Castro, Andrew Raad, Jack Gayton
M: Reynaldo Cevallos, Arthur Paterson, Dakota Brinkman, Ivan Alvarado
, Sebastian Clark
F: Ethan Levy, Evan Enders, DeAndre Robinson, David Mejia
GK: Brayan Velez, Jefferson Caldwell
D: Nicolas Arevalo, Issa Hassan, Manuel Padilla, Carter Perry, Djair Profitt-Williams
M: Sergey Ptachik, Antonio Porecco, Jacob Kempf, Denis Kalamar, Axel Mendez
F: Alejandro Segovia, Sebastian Bouchet, Moises Rodriguez, Trevor Davock, Nathan Kohl
Camp Roster with Clubs and Hometowns (courtesy US Soccer)
Elijah Brower (Springfield Area Soccer; Springfield, Ill.), Brendan Burke (Freestate; La Plata, Md.), Jefferson Caldwell (High Country; Todd, N.C.), Gianni Carillo (FC Westchester; Pine Bush, N.Y.), Craig Duggan
(Vardar SC; Chesapeake, Va.), Andrew Epstein (Ft. Collins Arsenal; Ft. Collins, Colo.), Andrew Ferber
(Mustang Hotspurs; Danville, Calif.), Aleksander Gogic (PASCO; Ft. Lee, N.J.), Oliver Roberts (POB Piranhas; Massapequa, N.Y.), Bryan Velez (Laguna Niguel BSC; Anaheim, Calif.), Nicholas Zedan (West Pines United; Pembroke, Fla.) DEFENDERS:
Nicholas Arevalo (Woodburn United; Salem, Ore.), Vernon Bailey (FC Dallas Juniors; Duncanville, Texas), Connor Ballantyne (Vardar SC; Shelby Township, Mich.), Reynaldo Cevallos (Weston FC; Weston, Fla), Brendon Curtis (Monroe United; Stony Point, N.Y.), Miles Davis (Hawks; Leesburg, Va.), Thomas Dieffenthaller (Palatine Celtic SC; Palatine, Ill.), Fischer Gallinger (Washington Premier FC; Gig Harbor, Wash.), Eric Holt (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Sebastian Joly (United Junkyard Dawgs; Chesapeake, Va.), Carter Manley (Bethesda SC; Elkridge, Md.), Jack Menard (Bavarian SC; Whitefish Bay, Wis.), Theodore Miller (Massapequa SC; Brooklyn, N.Y.), John Moderwell
(Eclipse Select; Lake Forest, Ill.), Matthew Nance
(Vardar SC; Washington, Mich.), Doluwamu Oyewole (Freestate SA; Waldorf, Md.), Manuel Padilla (Elk Grove Everton; Sacramento, Calif.), Andrew Raad (Discoveries SC; Rock Hill, S.C.), Esteban Reyes (San Juan Lightning; San Marcos, Calif.), Jeffrey Rhodes (West Side United; Bloomsburg, Ind.), Harrison Roche (Upper Dublin Force; Ambler, Pa.), Samuel Tweeton (Real National; Ft. Collins, Colo.), Zachary Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Pa.) MIDFIELDERS: Ivan Alvarado
(Dallas Texans; Ft. Worth, Texas), Corey Baird (San Diego Surf; Escondido, Calif.), Dakota Brinkman (CASL FC Chelsea; Durham, N.C.), Samuel Brown
(Derby County Wolves; Ann Arbor, Mich.), Omar Castro (Plant City Area SC; Plant City, Fla.), Eziquiel Cei (Merlin Soccer Club; Elizabeth, N.J.), Michael Clemmons (CASL FC Chelsea; Raleigh, N.C.), Jeremy Colvin
(Houstonians; Houston, Texans), Daegan Debono (Derby County Wolves; Lapeer, Mich.), Derek Entienne (New York Red Bulls Academy; Patterson, N.J.), Teon Fountain (Madison FC; Madison, Wis.), Chase Gasper
(LMVSC Hawks; Alexandria, Va.), Jack Gayton (Concorde Fire; Peach Tree, Ga.), Issa Hassan (Eastside United SC; Portland, Ore), Marius Heislitz (Forsyth Fusion; Cummings, Ga.), Gary Huang
(Derby County Wolves; Ann Arbor, Mich.), Emerson Hyndman (FC Dallas Juniors; Plano, Texas), Danya Kafai (Juventus; Redwood City, Calif.), Jony Karahbetyan (Olney Boys and Girls; Gaithersburg, Md.), Jacob Kempf (Washington Premier FC; Camas, Wash), Patrick Khouri (Daniel Island; Charleston, S.C.), Eithan Levy (Weston SC; .), Rico Lizbinski (Olney Boys and Girls; Gaithersburg, Md.), Elijah Martin (Cal Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Adonis Martinez (Long Island United; Levittown, N.Y.), Luka Martinovic (POB; Bayville, N.Y.), Neil Martorana (Michigan Burn; Sterling Heights, Mich.), Declan McCabe (MPS; Weston, Mass.), David Mejia
(Weston SC; Weston, Fla.), Axel Mendez (LAFC Chelsea; Mentebello, Calif.), Imad Mojaddidi (LMVSC Hawks; Fairfax Station, Va.), Viet Nguyen (Derby County Wolves; Canton, Mich.), Djair Parfitt-Williams (Elk Grove Everton; Sacramento, Calif.), Arthur Paterson (Miami FC Kendall; Key Largo, Fla.), Arturo Paz (West Pines United; Miami Gardens, Fla.), Antonio Porreco (Westside Metros; Beaverton, Ore.), Sergey Ptachik (Crossfire Premier; Burlington, Wash.), Jake Rozhansky (Olney Boys and Girls; Germantown, Md.), Ricardo Ruiz (Fullerton Rangers; Lake Elsinore, Calif.), Joab Santoyo
(Arsenal FC; Fontana, Calif.), Noah Snyder (Lehigh Valley United; Warrington, Pa.), William Stevens (NHP; New Hyde Park, N.Y.), Joseph Swenson
(POB Piranhas; Massapequa Park, N.Y.), Alex Tejera (New York SC; Ossining, N.Y.), Brandon Tetro (PDA; Marlboro, N.J.), Andrew Torres (Chicago Fire Juniors; Chicago, Ill.), Anthony Viteri
(BW Gottschee; Flushing, N.Y.), Jackson Weiss
(Bavarian Juniors; Fox Point, Wis.), Wilfred Williams (Fusion FC; Johnson City, Tenn.), Alan Winn (Solar SC; Garland, Texas) FORWARDS:
Samuel Akpik (Waza FC East; Waterford, Mich.), Adonis Amaya (West Coast FC; Westminster, Calif.), Daniel Apajee (Black Watch Premier; Cranston, R.I.), Hunter Barone (Grand Rapids Crew Juniors; Kentwood, Mich.), James Buonavita (Arsenal FC; Oakland, NJ.), Jorge Calix (Team America; Alexandria, Va.), Sebastian Clark (FC Vestsjaelland; Korsoer, Denmark), Trevor Davock (New England Eagles; MA), James Ellis
(United Junkyard Dawgs; Chesapeake, Va.), Evan Enders (Space Coast United; Melbourne, Fla.), Reginald Epps (Columbia FC; Irmo, S.C.), Kevin Herrera (North Shore United; Lynn, Mass.), Guyllain Kabala (New Hampshire Classics; Manchester, N.H.), Denis Kalamar (Washington Premier FC; Shoreline, Wash.), Morris Kamara (Alliance FC; Grand Rapids, Mich.), Toby Khounviseth (Minnesota Thunder Academy; Lakeville, Minn.), Nathan Kohl (OP Eagles; Hilliard, Ohio), Oscar Martinez (FC Barcelona; South Gate, Calif.), Nathan McLean (Novi Jaguars; Commerce, Mich.), Carter Perry (BNSC; Boise, Idaho), John Requejo (Santa Barbara SC; Carpinteria, Calif.), DeAndre Robinson (GAS; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Rubio Rubin (WSM; Beaverton, Ore.), Nathan Schultz (Ambassadors FC; Highland Heights, Ohio), Bruno Scodari
(Olney Boys and Girls; Silver Spring, Md.), Alejandro Segova (Westside Metros; Beaverton, Ore.), Austin Stamey (Highland SC; Arden, N.C.), Lawrence Taiwo (Raliegh SC; Raleigh, N.C.), Jason Underhill (Seacoast United; Bow, N.H.), Alex Underwood (FC United; Winnetka, Ill.), Rolando Velazquez (Eugene Metro FC; Junction, Ore.), Dembakwi Yomba (Cobb FC Georgia; Lithonia, Ga.)