It’s Saturday which means Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal, aka Kuzain, is en route to Bradenton, Florida. He’s taking an important step in his personal development with a one week stay at the IMG Academy, also home of the US Soccer Residency Academy. He’s part of a group of players who have been invited to work out with the U17 US Men’s National Team (formal announcement will be added once released). It is his first opportunity to work out at this level.
After the US failed to qualify for the 2013 U17 World Cup (underway now, it can be seen on ESPN3) for the first time in 15 tournaments, US Soccer targeted the Fall semester of the Residency Program as the U-17 MNT’s first step in this qualifying cycle as it prepares for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile. The group is primarily made up of players born in 1998, as is Kuzain, although there will be some 1999’s included. One of the Residency Program participants this Fall is Logan Panchot of SLSG Academy Missouri.
PHOTO GALLERY – Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal
Kuzain and I sat down following his SLSG Metro Academy training on Wednesday so that we could talk about his personal background and his soccer background. An opening discussion that allows all of us to learn a bit more about him. I’ve also created a Page on this site to better track his development, you can find it here.
Have a listen and follow Kuzain on Twitter (@Kuz_TheAsianWiz)
As Kuzain notes in the interview, he’s traveling from Carbondale to be a member of the SLSG Metro Academy program. He is one of seven that have made the commitment to travel from the Marion/Carbondale area. They include – Orlando Arreolla (16) and Aaron Arreolla (18), George Tragoudas (16), Noah Brodie (16) and Ben Brodie (14) and Colin Kehus (16). I’m working on a story on the Metro Academy that will be available soon.