The Revolution today released their roster for the 2012 Future Champions Gauteng Tournament, which will be held the last week of March. Most of the U16 team is included in the roster and as far as I can tell, none of the 18s are on it. Here’s the press release:
Revolution announces U17 roster for international tournament in South Africa
18 youth players selected to 2012 Future Champions Gauteng Tournament squad
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution’s youth development program has announced its 18-player travel squad for the 2012 Future Champions Gauteng Tournament, which will be held Monday, March 26, through Saturday, March 31, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
2012 FUTURE CHAMPIONS GAUTENG TOURNAMENT ROSTER
Luke Albertini (North Attleborough, Mass.)
Danny Apajee (Cranston, R.I.)
Matthew Cooper (Londonderry, N.H.)
Greg Forgue (Lincoln, R.I.)
Gabe Gissie (Worcester, Mass.)
David Hepp (Natick, Mass.)
Zachary Herivaux (Brookline, Mass.)
Kevin Herrera (Lynn, Mass.)
Guy Kabala (Manchester, N.H.)
Ryan Kingsley (North Attleborough, Mass.)
Amadu Kunateh (Salem, Mass.)
Erik Martel (Bedford, N.H.)
Declan McCabe (Weston, Mass.)
Matt Mozynski (Bellingham, Mass.)
Matthew Nyeayea (Worcester, Mass.)
Christian Sady (North Andover, Mass.)
Casey Schehl (Bedford, N.H.)
Will Szostkiewicz (Longmeadow, Mass.)
Other teams participating in the tournament include: Aspire Academy (Qatar), Clube Atletico Mineiro (Brazil), Club Nacional de Football (Uruguay), FC Nania (Ghana), Gaborone Young Zebras (Botswana), K-Stars (Zambia), PSV Eindhoven (The Netherlands), and four South African teams that will be determined during the Future Champions Guateng Cup, held Saturday, March 17, and Sunday, March 18.
The Future Champions Gauteng Tournament will begin with a group stage, with each of the 12 participating teams divided into four groups of three. Each team will play every other team within the group, plus one crossover game with a team from another group. The group stage matches will take place from Monday, March 26, through Wednesday, March 28, with one game each day. The playoffs and placing games are scheduled for Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31.
A full game schedule and group information will be available following the draw, which will take place on Monday, March 19, in Johannesburg. The Revolution is expected to travel to South Africa on Saturday, March 24.
It should be good experience for some academy’s talented, but raw players. However, I’m surprised some of the younger players on the U18 team weren’t included to give the team a competitive edge.