Monday, September 12, 2005

U.S. Under-17 Men's Roster named for World Championship

United States Under-17 Men’s National Soccer Team coach John Hackworth named the 20-man roster for the 2005 FIFA Under-17 World Championship (16 September-2 October) in Peru. Here is the lineup:

Goalkeepers (3): 20-Brian Perk (Pateadores), 18-Diego Restrepo (HC United), 1-Bryant Rueckner (PSG)

Defenders (5): 5-Ofori Sarkodie (Chicago Magic), 14-Neven Subotic (Manatee Magic), 13-Blake Wagner (HC United), 3-Kevin Alston (Potomac Cougars), 2-Amaechi Igwe (Santa Clara Sporting)

Midfielders (7): 16-Nikolas Besagno (Real Salt Lake), 12-Gabriel Farfan (Nomads), 19-Michael Farman (Nomads), 17-Jeremy Hall (HC United), 15-Daniel Kelly (TNFC), 8-Kyle Nakazawa (ISC Strikers), 11-Ryan Soroka (FC Delco)

Forwards (5): 4-Josmer Altidore (Boca Juniors), 10-David Arvizu (Pateadores), 7-Omar Gonzalez (Dallas Texans), 6-Quavas Kirk (LA Galaxy), 9-Preston Zimmerman (Crossfire Premier)

The team arrived in Peru yesterday to start a five-day training session. Their first match is Saturday (17 Sept. @ 12:45 pm CT) against North Korea. They will also face Italy on Tuesday (20 Sept @ 3:30 pm CT) and concluding group play against Ivory Coast on Friday (23 Sept @ 3:30 pm CT).

Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision will be televising all three of the USA’s first round games, however not all of them will be covered live on both channels. Galavision will broadcast the opener against North Korea live, while FSC will carry the final two live.

This tournament has been played 10 times and America is the only team to have played in all of them. The best the red, white and blue have ever done is fourth place in 1999. That side was led by Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley, Bobby Convey and Oguchi Onyewu. Wonder what happened to all those folks?

Should be fun to watch.


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