Camp Breakdown: Portland [August 2013]

This weekend Portland will play host to some of the top ’96 & ’97 talent in the United States. 60 players were called up giving US Soccer scouts and coaches a chance to evaluate and identify this age group for upcoming U17 and U18 tournaments. A number of the Bradenton ‘core’ 1996’s will not be present, giving the opportunity to those 1996’s and 1997’s who were overlooked for Residency.

The United States’ failure to qualify for the U17 World Cup this Fall, means the next meaningful FIFA tournament for the 96 & 97’s will be joining with the 95’s to compete and qualify for the 2015 U20 World Cup. The 97’s will be too old for the 2015 U17 World Cup, however they will be eligible to play for both the 2015 and 2017 U20 World Cups.

Roster Breakdown

GK:

Austin Aviza – New England Revolution – 1997

Dakota Havlick – Irvine Strikers – 1997

Marius Heislitz – Georgia United – 1996

JT Marcinkowski – San Jose Earthqaukes – 1997

Avery Miller – Crossfire Premier – 1996

Carter Richardson – Crew Academy – 1996

Parker Sigfried – Crew Academy – 1997

Justin Vom Steeg – Real So Cal – 1997

 

D:

Jordan Cano – FC Dallas – 1996

David Chavez – De Anza Force – 1997

Chase Gasper – Bethesda/Olney – 1996

Justen Glad – Real Salt Lake – 1997

Christopher Gomez – PDA – 1997

Malcolm Jones – Chivas USA – 1997

Felipe Liborio – Strikers FC – 1996

Henry Martin – New York Red Bulls – 1997

Erik Palmer-Brown – Sporting Kansas City – 1997

Quentin Pearson – Colorado Rapids – 1997

Pablo Pelaez – San Diego Surf – 1997

Mauricio Pineda – Chicago Fire – 1997

Alexander Ramos – Los Angeles Galaxy – 1997

Tommy Redding – FC America – 1997

Juan Reyna – Los Angeles Galaxy – 1996

Miles Robinson – FC Bolts Celtic/DC United – 1997

Sergio Ruvalcaba – Alianza Houston – 1996

Peter Schropp – Omaha FC – 1997

Shannon Sermour – Chicago Fire – 1997

Brandon Tetro – New York Red Bulls – 1996

Luis Urias – SCC Breakers – 1996

Brian White – PDA – 1996

Wilfred Williams – FC Dallas – 1996

 

MF:

Mukwelle Akale – Minnesota Thunder – 1997

Umar Bangura – Baltimore Bays – 1997

Amir Bashti – San Jose Earthquakes – 1997

Brendan Constantine – Oakwood SC – 1997

Coy Craft – FC Dallas – 1997

Josh Doughty – Real Salt Lake – 1997

Bradley Dunwell – Vardar SC Frieburg – 1996

Collin Fernandez – Chicago Fire – 1997

Mohamed Kenaway – FC Bolts Celtic – 1996

Brooks Lennon – Real Salt Lake – 1997

Cameron Lindley – Indiana Fire – 1997

Christian Lucatero – Houston Dynamo – 1997

David Manzanares – Albertson SC – 1997

Declean McCabe – New England Revolution – 1996

Kosti Moni – Crew Wolves – 1997

Abuchi Obinwa – Chicago Magic PSG – 1997

Amirgy Pineda – Fullerton Rangers – 1997

Alex Radilla – FC Dallas – 1996

Martin Salas – FC Dallas – 1997

Joab Santoyo – Arsenal SC – 1996

Mark Segbers – St. Louis Scott Gallagher –

Connor Smith – Baltimore Bays – 1997

Ben Swanson – Crew Academy – 1997

Alejandro Vergara – Chivas USA – 1997

DJ Villegas – Davis Legacy – 1997

Dembakwi Yomba – Concorde Fire – 1996

 

F:

Jeremy Ebobisse-Ebolo – Bethesda/Olney -1997

Sebastian Elney – Boca United – 1997

Andrija Novakovich – Chicago Magic PSG – 1996

Christian Ramirez – FC Dallas – 1997

DeAndre Robinson – Concorde Fire – 1996

Sebastian Saucedo – Real Salt Lake – 1997

Matthew Vasquenza – Oakwood SC – 1996

 

Like any US Soccer camp there were a number of notable omissions from this roster that have left some US youth fans scratching their heads.

First off, it is clear that US Soccer is using this combine to evaluate only US based players. US youth stars Emerson Hyndman (Fulham U18), Joel Sonora (Boca Juniors 6ta Division), Fernando Arce (Tijuana U20) and Alex Avelar (Moncras Morelia U17) are too close to the start of their season to fly to Portland and back. New Chivas USA signing Caleb Calvert would have been a virtual lock for this combine, yet training with the Chivas USA first team obviously trumps this camp.

Calvert
’96 Caleb Calvert Signs HG with Chivas USA

Same goes for US eligible German based players Omar Castro (Eintracht Braunschweig U23), Shawn Kauter (Hertha Berlin II), Devante Parker (Mainz U19), Cedric Blank (Karlsruher U19) and Kevin Basala (Karlsruher U19). OWTY has confirmed that both Kauter and Parker have strong interest in playing for the US, while Basala (a current German U17) is coming off a move from FC Nurenburg and looking to re-establish himself.

Kauter is one of the most interesting players in this US pool. Kauter is the next generation of German-Americans at Hertha Berlin. He was promoted this season from the Hertha Berlin U19 into the Hertha II, at only 17. Shawn will be playing against Professionals, and is one of the youngest players in the league. He plays mainly on the left wing or as a striker, however Shawn started as a central midfielder in Hertha II’s 1-1 Regionalliga Nordost opener vs. VfB Auerbach. Kauter played 77 minutes and from accounts played very well. Shawn is a player that the US should not only have its eye on going forward but also make him a priority call-up.

'96 German-American Shawn Kauter of Hertha Berlin II
’96 German-American Shawn Kauter of Hertha Berlin II

Another interesting German based prospect is ’97 Mainz U17 midfielder Tristen Hooks. Hooks has impressed at Mainz and is extremely willing to get involved in the US youth squads.

1997 - Tristen Hooks
’97 Tristen Hooks w/ Mainz U16

American goalkeepers Alex Gogic (Reading Academy) and Arie Ammann (Watford Academy) made the move to the English division over the summer and are firmly entrenched in making a positive impression for their clubs.

Gogic - Arie sign
’96 Alex Gogic (Reading) & ’96 Arie Ammann (Watford) Sign

English-American Kyle Scott is also notably absent from this roster. Scott who spent time with the US U15 BNT last summer is a ’97 who plays for Chelsea Academy. Scott also represented the England U16 team once before breaking his leg this spring. Scott confirmed to OWTY yesterday that he is focusing Chelsea and, for now, future England youth team call-ups.

I understand it is impossible to include all worthy players in these ID combines but the following are some players who with their play over the last year have earned a shot with the national set-up.

Santiago Agudelo – FC Dallas – 1996

:: Agudelo, yes the cousin to USMNT striker Juan, has been scoring goals for fun over the last year with FC Dallas U16. Agudelo is eligible to play for both Colombia and the United States and has told OWTY that he would be welcome a US call-up with open arms. Agudelo was he most dangerous attacker (netted 24 goals this past USSDA season) on an FC Dallas U16 roster that is sending five others players to this camp ::

Adonis Amaya – Los Angeles Galaxy – 1996

:: Amaya is well familiar with the inner workings of US Soccer. He has been to a number of US camps, and was a member of the Bradenton Residency for a short while. However, he always seems to be getting the short straw when it comes the international game. Amaya is a target of Mexican youth call-ups and is actively being scouted by top Mexican league academies. The USSF would be wise to keep Adonis in the loop ::

Jorge Calix – DC United – 1996

:: Few players on the east coast possess the technical ability and vision that Calix has. Jorge is a key member of the DC United U18 squad and, like Amaya, is actively being tracked by other international squads. Calix has spent time with US U14 and U15 teams, but hasn’t seen much time since ::

Zachary Herivaux – New England Revolution- 1996

:: The classy midfielder for the Revs U18 has been an active participant in previous US youth camps. His play often goes unnoticed because he is not banging in the goals, yet Herivaux dictates the pace of the game. Breaking through a crowded midfield of Ben Swanson and Cam Lindley can be tough, but Zachary should have been included ::

Austin Panchot – St. Louis Scott Gallagher – 1996

:: Austin is a pacy midfielder with an excellent soccer brain. He’s possess a very similar game as his younger brother Logan, a regular with the US BNT. Panchot is tidy on the ball, spreads the field with his excellent left foot, and also provides width when deployed on the the flank or up top ::

Vernon Bailey – FC Dallas – 1996

:: Bailey has been a linch-pin for the FC Dallas defense for the last couple years. A once mainstay in US BNT Vernon has now found it tough to get regular call-ups. Vernon started over 70% of the matches for a FC Dallas U18 squad that was one of the best defensive squads whole of USSDA ::

Jake Rozhansky – Bethesda/Olney – 1996

:: Rozhansky, a reported Arsene Wenger target at Arsenal, has been the orchestrator of the dynamic Olney Rangers attack over the last couple years. Rozhansky is an ODP player but has never been able to crack a US camp. Rozhansky was recently awarded the Golden Ball at the 2013 Youth US National Soccer Championships. Time to get Jake involved on the international level ::

Ricardo Ruiz – Fullerton Rangers – 1996

:: I’ve been following Ricky’s game for a few years now, and am continually shocked and disappointed that he fails to get the recognition he deserves. Ruiz is one of the better  attackers in his age group and shines on national stages such as Dallas Cup and US Youth National Championships. He’s represented the US at the U14 level in Mexico, but not much since ::

Rigoberto Rojas – Chicago Blast – 1997

:: We featured Rigo a week ago following his decision to turn down Chivas de Guadalajara to remain in the US to continue and compete for time with the US youth squads. Rojas is a towering striker with ability to bag goals in bunches. Rojas will join up with USSDA power Chicago Fire this fall. Look for US call-ups to be next ::

Jorge Ruiz – Chivas USA – 1997

:: Ruiz has been involved with the US set-up recently yet failed to receive a call into this camp. Odd since the Chivas USA U16 hitman bagged 19 goals this season leading the U16 Goats to the top spot in the Western Conference. Ruiz confirmed to OWTY he was disappointed but told us “nothing will ever stop me from grinding, you have my word on that.” Look for Ruiz to come back even hungrier next season ::

Max Stiegwardt – Minnesota Thunder – 1997

:: Stiegwardt’s versatility makes him a very valuable asset in the international game. He can play anyway across the backline as well as midfield. He is a technical player with a high soccer IQ. Stiegwardt has represented the US at the U14 an U15 level internationally. His play for the Minnesota Thunder this past season warranted a call-in ::

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