Four Red Bulls Academy products were included in the recent list of players named to the 31-man roster for the 2013 U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Residency Spring Semester.
Midfielders Steven Echevarria (Slate Hill, NY) and Christopher Lema (Ridgefield, NJ) join goalkeeper Evan Louro (South River, NJ) and forward Wesley Wade (South Orange) for the program in Bradenton, FL.
“We are very excited about the group of players that we brought in this semester,” said U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams in the official press release. “We feel very confident in this group that will provide us with 20 players to go on to World Cup qualifying and hopefully through a successful World Cup qualifying campaign, and will lead us to this year’s World Cup.”
The full-time residency program hosts daily training sessions for the players, use of the IMG Academics facilities, and classes at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. They will also have access to state-of-the-art strength-training facilities, dormitories, and meal rooms.
From April 6-19, the U.S. U-17 MNT will compete in the 2013 CONCACAF Championship in Panama. In addition to Panama, the U.S. will be joined by Barbados, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, and Trinidad and Tobago.