CHICAGO (Via U.S. Soccer) — Eighty players will gather in Frisco, Texas for the U.S. Soccer Youth National Teams Under-14 Talent Identification Central Region Mini-Camp from March 14-18 at the Toyota Soccer Center.
The camp is the second of three such mini-camps that are part of the initial rollout of U.S. Soccer’s new YNT U-14 TID program. The West Region Mini-Camp was held in January in Carson, Calif., while the East Region Mini-Camp is set for early April at the Capelli Sports Complex in Tinton Falls, N.J.
During the camp, 80 players from the Central Region will make up 20-player teams based on the region’s four defined scouting areas (North Central, South Central, Midwest and Southeast). U.S. Soccer staff, including Director of TID Tony Lepore and the three boys’ TID Managers, Henry Brauner, Garrett Biller and Cris da Silva, will run the camp, while the four teams will be coached by YNT Network Scouts and Development Academy coaches from the four respective scouting areas. After a day of training, the four teams will play each other in round-robin competition.
Friday, March 15
Midwest Select vs. North Central Select – 10:00 a.m.
South Central Select vs. Southeast Select – 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, March 16
Midwest Select vs. South Central Select – 10:00 a.m.
North Central Select vs. Southeast Select – 11:30 a.m.
Monday, March 18
Midwest Select vs. Southeast Select – 9:45 a.m.
North Central Select vs. South Central Select – 10:45 a.m.
In addition to the on-field competition, the mini-camp will focus on off-field education. Players will be introduced to YNT principles of play, position profiles and goal-setting to help them take responsibility for their own development. The players will also visit the new National Soccer Hall of Fame that opened last fall at Toyota Stadium in Frisco.
Furthermore, the mini-camp will introduce the 80 players to U.S. Soccer’s High Performance department. A sport scientist will be on hand throughout the event, taking Peak Height Velocity (PHV) measurements to help educate players and coaches about the impact of growth and maturation on development. The sport scientist will also educate players about best practices for nutrition and recovery.
The majority of the players called into the Central Mini-Camp were identified at last fall’s Development Academy Central Regional Showcase and were further evaluated at YNT Identification Centers as part of the scouting process prior to being selected for this camp.
YNT U-14 TID Central Mini-Camp Roster by Position (Club)
GOALKEEPERS (8): Elijah Berumen (Dallas Texans), Elijah Buford (Atlanta Unite4d FC), Mao Diaz (Kendall SC), Drew Fromm (Vardar), Victor Gomez (FC Dallas), Misael Mena (Sporting Kansas City), Aaron Salinas (FC Dallas), Justin Stewart (Solar Soccer Club)
DEFENDERS (23): Adrian Anguiano (FC Dallas), Edwin Avalos (Monarcas Morelia/MEX), Grant Bailey (Indiana Fire), Mhone Bogonko (Sockers FC), Mathieu Brick (Atlanta United FC), Andrew Chavez (Sockers FC), Nati Clarke (Sporting Kansas City), Ryan Clanton-Pimentel (Lonestar SC), Iyke Dafe (Houston Dynamo), Pranav DuBroff (FC Dallas), Matthew Fisher (Vardar), Luis Flores (IMG Academy), Amari Fowlkes (Indiana Fire), Evan Jimerson (Texans SC Houston), Mikhail Keise (Weston FC), Josh Maher (Saint Louis FC), Kibukila Mbula (San Antonio FC), Ryder Mills (Cincinnati United Premier), Bryan Moreno (Los Angeles FC), Remi Okunlola (Atlanta United FC), David Ordonez (Dallas Texans), Emilo Rossi (Weston FC), Christopher Vang (Minnesota United FC)
MIDFIELDERS (26): Jared Aguilar (FC Dallas), Bryan Arellano (San Antonio FC), Carson Ballagh (Vardar), Josiah Benjamin (Columbus Crew SC), Micah Burton (Minnesota United FC), Alan Carleton (Atlanta United FC), Keith Chavarria (Colorado Rapids), Johann Chirinos (Atlanta United FC), Giorgio De Libera (Columbus Crew SC), Riker Doolittle (Solar Soccer Club), Anthony Eugenio (IMG Academy), Diego Hernandez (FC Dallas), Luka Ivancic (Chicago Fire), Jordan Jones (FC Dallas), Daniel Lugo (Chargers SC), Sureel McCain (Colorado Rapids), Emmanuel Monserrat (Germantown Legends), Carlos Nevarez (Chicago Fire), Nolan Norris (FC Dallas), Sebastian Otero (Weston FC), Daniel Ordonez (San Antonio FC), Sergio Oregel (Chicago Fire), Axel Perez (Weston FC), James Spatzek (FC United), Solomon Straub (Minnesota United FC), Jonantan Villal (Atlanta United FC)
FORWARDS (23): Gage Akalu (Sporting Kansas City), Mataeo Bunbury (Minneapolis United), Benjamin Chavarria (Indiana Fire), Gabriel Enriquez (San Diego Surf), Ricardo Garcia (Houston Dynamo), Italo Jenkins (Atlanta United FC), Tre Jervier (Cincinnati United Premier), Asher Jones (Chargers SC), Kelly Kipruto (Sporting Kansas City), Kai Louviere (San Antonio FC), Emir Mimic (Armada FC Academy), Luke Nicholson (Michigan Wolves), Nighte Pickering (FC Dallas), Anthony Ramirez (FC Dallas), Roberto Renteria (San Antonio FC), Diego Rosas (RGV FC Toros Academy), Danial Sebhatu (Atlanta United FC), Kevin Tlaxcalteco (Colorado Rapids), Cristian Torres (Chicago Fire), Marcos Torres (Real Salt Lake Arizona), Felipe Valencia (Kendall SC), Luke Van Heukelum (Sockers FC), Ty Wilson (Atlanta United FC)
North Central Select Coaches: Mike Freitag (YNT Network Scout – Frontier), Chris O’Neal (Sporting Kanas City)
Midwest Select Coaches: Steve Bode (YNT Network Scout – Mid-America), Ross Brady (Chicago Fire)
South Central Select Coaches: Eric Dade (YNT Network Scout – Texas), Nick Evans (San Antonio FC)
Southeast Select Coaches: Chris Kranjc (YNT Network Scout – Southeast), Blake Wagner (Tampa Bay Rowdies)