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.)


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GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 2/2 SO), Tim Howard (Everton FC: 4/3 SO)

DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes: 14/2), Danny Califf (FC Midtjylland: 2/0), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96: 16/0), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew: 12/1), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege: 9/0), Michael Orozco (San Luis: 0/0), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 3/0), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC: 0/0)

MIDFIELDERS (6): DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers: 17/4), Michael Bradley (SC Heerenveen: 3/1), Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo: 1/0), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers: 2/0), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA: 1/0), Eddie Lewis (Los Angeles Galaxy: 20/3)

FORWARDS (4): Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo: 8/4), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy: 22/8), Clint Dempsey (Fulham FC: 9/2), Eddie Johnson (Cardiff City: 8/8)

Some thoughts:

There are some names on this squad that you are almost always guaranteed to see. Players like Donovan, Howard, Bocanegra, Beasley, Gooch, Dempsey, and Bradley. These players are looking more and more like the core of Bob Bradley’s team.

Six players from the Olympic squad have made this roster: Guzan, Klejstan, Orozco, Wynne, Edu, and Bradley.

The inclusion of Wynne and Orozco is particularly interesting to me. I don’t think Coach Bradley is satisfied with what he has seen from the outside backs thus far, and maybe he wants to try out some new blood. Pearce has started the last few games but hasn’t exactly put in stellar performances. I think Wynne might be the future right back for USMNT, but right now I don’t really see Orozco competing for the left back position. Nowak put Orozco on the outside left during the Olympics after Spector and Sturgis were unavailable due to injury. With the exception of his muay thai elbow strike to the Nigerian player, he did an ‘OK’ job. I still think Orozco’s best position is more central. He could develop into a great left back but right now he is still behind Pearce, Bornstein, Spector, and Sturgis for that left back spot.

Who didn’t make the roster?

Freddy Adu and Jozy Altidore are both missing from this group. These two teenage phenoms have just made moves to new clubs over the summer ( Jozy to Villarreal and Adu to Monaco). Because of the significant time they spent with the Olympic team, I think it is only fair that they get a chance to get accustomed to their new clubs and try to earn some playing time.

A more interesting omission is Kenny Cooper. The 23 year old FC Dallas striker has 13 goals and 3 assists this season, only 1 goal behind league leader Landon Donovan. There was a lot of speculation that he was left out of the squad that went to Guatemala so that he would be available for this camp. I don’t really think Cooper was going to step in and cure the USMNT scoring problems, but I do think its time to start grooming him as a future forward option.

Let me know what you guys think of this roster, and possible lineups against T&T and Cuba.