The U.S Men's U-17 arrived in France on Sunday for their second international tournament in a month. The team went undefeated in its previous tournament in Spain.
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The U.S. U-17 Men's National Team arrived in Paris on Sunday, October 23, to prepare for their second international tournament in the past month. The team will face France, Peru and the Netherlands in the Val-de-Marne Tournament from October 25 through 29. The U17 squad recently competed in the Albir Garden Sports (AGS) Cup in L'Alfas del Pi, Spain, going undefeated. The Spanish tournament was the team's first international competition. Corey Baird of San Diego Surf is one of the 32 players selected for the U-17 Residency Program.
The 32 members of the U.S. U-17 Men's National Team Residency Program are training in Bradenton, Florida, under the direction of head coach Wilmer Cabrera. The two-year program will culminate in the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 championships, with the goal of qualifying for the 2013 U-17 World Cup in the UAE. The United States reached the Round of 16 at the 2011 event in Mexico and is the only country to have qualified for all 14 U-17 World Cup competitions. Twenty-five of the team members were part of the U-15 BNT camp in July and ten of them traveled to Zagreb, Croatia, in May.
As part of the residency program, players train in the morning under Cabrera and assistant coaches Paul Grafer and Erik Imler and then attend classes in the afternoon. All training takes place at the IMG Academy campus and the boys have access to a wide range of facilities there. Since its beginning, the residency program has seen over 300 players, with over 100 moving on to play in the MLS or Europe, and 24 have earned at least one cap with the U.S. Men's National Team.