A 17-player Under-17 Men’s National Team roster was named to compete in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase that runs from Dec. 11-15 in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. The primary team is playing in the Nike International Friendlies and includes Logan Panchot.
Palazzolo, pictured at right from last year, won a State Championship with CBC as a freshman starter in 2012. He joined the Academy program last Spring in a Developmental role (5 games or less) while playing with the NPL squad before joining the full Academy program this Fall. In February 2012 he joined Logan Panchot on the US id2 National group that visited Spain.
The U-17 MNT squad was assembled to round out the 80-team Development Academy field. The team will play three matches from Dec. 11-14 against the following U-17/18 Academy teams: New England Revolution, Solar Chelsea SC and PA Classics.
Led by head coach Clint Peay, the U-17 Showcase squad includes four players who represent MLS Academies: Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy), Weston McKennie (FC Dallas), Abraham Romero (LA Galaxy) and Sean Teixeira (New York Red Bulls). Three play for overseas clubs: Darian Gurley (Karlsruher), Zach Kobayashi (Weyhe) and Ethan Lotenero (Pachuca).
U.S. U-17 MNT Roster by Position :
GOALKEEPERS (2): Abraham Romero (LA Galaxy Academy; Altadena, Calif.), Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy Academy; Westminster, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Nikkye De Point (Revolution Empire; Rochester, N.Y.), Tanner Dieterich (Tennessee Soccer Club; Nashville, Tenn.), Ronaldo Escudero (Pateadores; Placentia, Calif.), Darian Gurley (Karlsruher SC; Leimen, Germany), AJ Palazzollo (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallon, Mo.), Michael Wetungu (Vardar; Rochester Hills, Mich.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Kyle Gurrieri (NJSA 04; Totowa, N.J.), Zach Kobayashi (SC Weyhe; Leeste, Germany), Ethan Lotenero (Pachuca; Los Angeles, Calif.), Weston McKennie (FC Dallas Academy; Little Elm, Texas), Devin Vega (San Antonio Scorpions; San Antonio, Texas),
FORWARDS (4): Kevin Coleman (FC Richmond; Warrenton, Va.), Lagos Kunga (DDYSC 98 Wolves Elite; Atlanta, Ga.), Elijah Rice (Chicago Magic PSG; Highland Park, Ill.), Sean Teixeira (New York Red Bulls Academy; Trumbull, Conn.)