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Thoughts on the US U-17 World Cup Selection


The most notable concerns about this squad are the omission of Charles Renken and Joseph Gyau recent Hoffenheim signings who had trouble at Bradenton. Sebastian Lleget, is also not on the squad. The omission of the West Ham Academy player is a huge blow for Wilmer Cabrera’s side.  

I am very familiar with Zachary Herold and Stefan Jerome from their local exploits in South Florida youth soccer. However, I have no real basis to compare them with the other players on the squad or the opposition. Jack McInerney is a key player for this side and should provide plenty of attacking prowess. The US opens the tournament on Monday versus Spain.  

This tournament will be held in Nigeria, despite several published reports that FIFA wanted to move  the event to Mexico.


GOALKEEPERS (3): Keith Cardona (NY Red Bulls; Glen Rock, N.J.), Earl Edwards (La Jolla Nomads; San Diego, Calif.), Spencer Richey (Crossfire Premier; Seattle, Wash.)

DEFENDERS (6): Zachary Herold (West Pines United FC, Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Chicago Magic; Indianapolis, Ind.), Boyd Okwuonu (Celtic Green; Edmond, Okla.), Tyler Polak (CSA Legacy; Lincoln, Neb.), Jared Watts (North Meck Storm; Statesville, N.C.), Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride; Westfield, Ind.)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Marlon Duran (Latino Americana; Ducanville, Texas), Luis Gil (Pateadores; Garden Grove, Calif.), Carlos Martinez (Wilmington Jr.; San Pedro, Calif), William Packwood (Birmingham City, Concord, Mass.), Nick Palodichuk (Washington Premier; Battleground, Wash.), Alex Shinsky (Super Nova FC; York, Pa.)

FORWARDS (6): Juan Agudelo (NY Red Bulls; Barnegat, N.J.), Victor Chavez (Real So Cal; Fontana, Calif), Andrew Craven (First Coast Kickers; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Stefan Jerome (West Pines United FC; Davie, Fla.), Jack McInerney (Cobb SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Dominick Sarle (BW Gottschee;
Huntington, N.Y.)

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  1. Angel

    October 22, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    I got this from an article from ESPN soccernet By Brent Latham. Here something that Wilmer said on this article.

    “What I’m trying to do is get that confidence to the players,” said Cabrera. “When you have a team that is working and they have the confidence they can play, they have to have the personality to play even, against any team. It’s how I live, and how I feel about the game and my passion for the game. I give that freedom to the players to express themselves on the field with the ball, with a little bit of organization.”

    This what we need in the Senior squad a guy who understand the players, Motivated them, let them express themselves and know how to set up a game plan and tactics.

  2. Angel

    October 22, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Wilmer Cabrera is a good coach that can let them play and be free. I see a couple of games on TV and I love the way the U17 play is totally different from any U20 or Senior style. They go foward all the time. They are lots of touches, passing, technical is a little bit of fresh air when you see this team play. I hate if this guy whent they move to the u20 or senior squad will change their style of playing. I call Rengen or Bob Bradley a killer of talent. GO USA GO U17 make us proud.

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