BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, October 20, 2009
USA U17 head coach Wilmer Cabrera named the team that will represent the USA in the 2009 U17 World Cup that starts next week in Nigeria on Monday evening.
The USA will be lead by forward Jack McInerney, midfielders Luis Gil, Marlon Duran, and Will Packwood, defenders Jared Watts, and Eriq Zavaleta, along with goalkeeper Earl Edwards.
The notable names not included on the roster are Sebastian Lletget, Charlie Renken, and Joseph Gyau. While unclear for the reasons behind the omission for each player, all three have signed professional academy deals within the past year with European teams.
Gyau and Renken signed with Hoffenheim this past August, and have been loaned out to the Vancouver Whitecaps. Lletget started to play for the famed West Ham United's academy this spring after he obtained his Italian passport which gave him the coveted European Union status.
Over the past year, Cabrera has seen his team come together and earn a series of impressive results. In July, the USA won the Copa Macae in Brazil outscoring all opponents 14-2 over six games. In September, the team had a successful trip to London that was highlighted by a 3-1 win over Chelsea FC's U17 side.
Now the USA will be looking to build on this success at the U17 World Cup where they have been placed into Group E along with Spain, Malawi, and the United Arab Emerites.
US Roster for 2009 U17 World Cup
Cardona, Keith NY Red Bulls
Edwards, Earl La Jolla Nomads
Richey, Spencer Crossfire Premier
Herold, Zachary West Pines United FC
Kitchen, Perry Chicago Magic
Okwuonu, Boyd Celtic Green
Polak, Tyler CSA Legacy
Watts, Jared North Meck Storm
Zavaleta, Eriq FC Pride
Duran, Marlon Latino Americana
Gil, Luis Pateadores
Martinez, Carlos Wilmington Jr
Packwood, William Birmingham City
Palodichuk, Nick Washington Premier
Shinsky, Alex Super Nova FC
Agudelo, Juan NY Red Bulls
Chavez, Victor Real So Cal
Craven, Andrew First Coast Kickers
Jerome, Stefan West Pines United FC
McInerney, Jack Cobb SC
Sarle, Dominick BW Gottschee