Published: March 22, 2010
Marc Pelosi is a former De Anza Force player and a current member of the U17 National Team. He is a defender with great recovery speed and the ability to attack down the sideline. He is an aggressive player whose technical ability allows him to take risks most players wouldn’t even consider taking.
Ryan Masch is another former De Anza player on the U17 MNT. He is a central midfielder with great speed and ball control, and the ability to distribute the ball through any seam the defense gives him. He is certainly one to keep an eye on. Kendall McIntosh
is a U17 MNT goalkeeping stud. He has all the necessary tools: size, agility, shot-blocking skills, and the ability to communicate and organize his defense.
Cal Odyssey’s Gregory Antognoli is a prototypical target forward. He is big, strong and agile, with the ability to settle balls played anywhere near him. He is smart and tactically mature for his age, and he is getting strong interest from colleges such as Cal and LMU. Vicente Rodarte
is a holding midfielder who excels at tackling strong and winning the ball. He is steady and knows his role on the team – when to attack, defend, or distribute – and he is a master communicator of assignments. He is a reliable leader who makes sure every player on his side keeps shape.
Paul Blanchette is the goalkeeping wall of De Anza Force. He is a stingy shot-blocker,
he has great awareness and tactical understanding of the game, and is a formidable presence in the box.
Alfred Edmonds is a right back who has all the tools to succeed: size, strength, and the speed to initiate counter-attacks when necessary. He is a lock-down defender and a current member of the U17 National Team.
James Huffer is an attacking midfielder who spreads defenses with his speed and his ability to distribute. He excels at playing the final ball in the offensive third to set up his teammates to score, but he is also able to score plenty of goals by himself.
Hector Joya is a forward with a killer-instinct – he loves to get forward and put the defense on their heels, and is extremely dangerous with the ball anywhere near the penalty box. He shoots to score.
Hector Herrera is a target forward who loves to get physical with opposing defenses. He is a natural goal-scorer who can bring a ball down, turn and shoot in the blink of an eye.
From California Development Academy, Matthew Wiesenfarth is an attacking central midfielder who has incredible skill and quickness with the ball at his feet. He is a hard worker and is able to score goals with a clean, powerful strike on the ball.
Gabriel Lock is a dynamic left back who combines stalwart defensive ability with great pace and the ability to get forward on the attack. He is a member of the National Team pool largely because of his ability to whip in lethal crosses from the left side.
Samuel Engs of Mustang SC is a very solid, if unspectacular, center back. He does all the little things well: he is an excellent ball-winner, he distributes the ball patiently and almost never loses possession, and he is a tactically disciplined player who holds his defense’s shape. He is a rock in the middle of the Mustang defense.
Eric Mendez of Santa Cruz County Breakers is a big forward with good strength and speed. He uses his body well to shield the ball from defenders, and he is dangerous lurking around the box because he has a good nose for the goal.
Slater Meehan is a right back with good defensive abilities who tends to handle the assignment of the opponent’s top attacking threat. He is tough to beat one-on-one and distributes the ball well out of the back. John Chronopoulos
is a right winger with scorching speed. He has a good touch and likes to cut inside for shots on goal, which he usually finishes with a flourish.
Ricardo Saavedra is a holding midfielder who is decisive and aggressive in the tackle. He’s a bit inconsistent, but when he’s on, he has a great burst of speed that allows him to disrupt nearly any opponent’s attack.
Santa Clara Sporting is a non-Academy club on the rise, and forward Julio Morales leads the way for this team. Morales has great breakaway speed, an excellent touch and ball control, and deadly inside the box. He has a way of creating enough space for himself to get off a clean shot that is almost always on goal.
Gabriel Borges is an attacking midfielder who sees plays develop before anyone else on the field. He is a playmaker with great vision and ball control. His passes are precise and incisive, and he is the creative force of his team.
David Silva is a goalkeeper with an uncanny sense of calm under pressure. He is agile between the posts and has great size and presence in the box, with the ability to pick crosses out of the air at their highest point. He is very tough to beat on the ground as well.