USSF link: U17 Fall 2008 Residency Class
United States Soccer Federation has released its U17 residency roster for the 2008 fall semester. The class consists of players from all over the country born between 1992 and 1994. The US residency program is basically a soccer academy where players split their time between high school classes and soccer training. The residency program is located in Bradenton, FL and serves as the main tool for grooming potential youth and full national team players. Notable graduates from the Residency program are Landon Donovan, Beasley, Onyewu, Eddie Gaven, Eddie Johnson, Bobby Convey, Michael Bradley, and Freddy Adu.
One notable aspect of this year’s class is the surnames. Names like Martinez, Duran, Canales, Gutierrez, Pineda, and Okwuonu give me the impression that the USSF has finally widened its net when bringing players into the program. USSF president Sunil Gulati has started an initiative to get more inner city and minority kids into youth national team programs.
Although it is difficult to predict if any these players will eventually pan out, here are few names that you might want to keep an eye on:
1) GK Earl Edwards from San Diego
2) Defender Perry Kitchen from Chicago
3) Defender Boyd Okwuonu from Edmond, Oklahoma
4) Midfielder Carlos Martinez from Las Vegas, he is already being regard as one of the top prospects in this class
5) Midfielder Charles Renken from Illinois, he is one of the youngest members of the class, but is already a starter and key player for the U17 national team.
6) Forward Stefan Jerome from Florida, an exciting young attacker with a great deal of ball skill
7) Forward Jack McInerney from Georgia, hardworking goal scorer.
Under-17 Residency Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (4): Samir Badr (Fairfax, Va.), Earl Edwards (San Diego, Calif.), Jonathan Kempin (K.C. Wizards Juniors), Spencer Richey (Crossfire Premier)
DEFENDERS (13): Michael Ambrose (El Paso, Texas), Julio Arjona (D.C. United Academy), Zachary Herold (Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Chicago Magic), Jordan McCrary (Concorde Fire), Boyd Okwuonu (Edmond, Okla.), Emilio Orozco (Oxnard, Calif.), Shaquille Phillips (D.C. United Academy), Tyler Polak (Lincoln, Neb.), Alberto Rosas (Real So Cal), Alex Shinsky (York, Pa.), Jared Watts (North Meck), Eriq Zavaleta (Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (17): Jonathan Canales (Santa Ana, Calif.), Dustin Corea (Milwaukee, Ore.), Andrew Craven (St. Simons Island, Ga.), Sean Davis (Matchfit Academy), Bryan Duran (Duncanville, Texas), Victor Garza (Edinburg, Texas), Luis Gil (Pateadores), Joseph Gyau (FC DELCO), Donovan Henry (Schulz Academy), George Malki (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Carlos Martinez (Las Vegas, Nev.), Alex Molano (F.C. Dallas Juniors), Joel Nash (Birmingham, Ala.), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire Academy), Charles Renken (Scott Gallagher), Dominic Sarle (BW Gottschee), Erik Stephenson (Surf)
FORWARDS (6): John Agudelo (N.Y. Red Bulls Academy), Jonathan Brown (Clinton, Miss), Jaime Gutierrez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Stefan Jerome (Davie, Fla.), Alfred Koroma (Solar Red), Jack McInerney (Alpharetta, Ga.)