Friday, June 8, 2007
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Gwinnett Daily Post
As part of their preparation for the upcoming FIFA Under-17 World Cup in South Korea, the top young players from the United States and Peru will face off on Monday in Gwinnett County.
The Atlanta Fire United is hosting the two countries' U-17 national teams for training and matches in the area, beginning with a Monday match at Scott Hudgens Park in Duluth. The U.S. vs. Peru game is slated for Monday at 6:45 p.m.
On Tuesday, the U.S. U-17 team will play another friendly vs. the Atlanta Fire United U-18 Elite at 7 p.m. The U.S. squad also will train at the Hudgens complex both Monday and Tuesday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
U.S. U-17 coach John Hackworth will be assisted in training by Atlanta Fire's director of coaching Jay Miller, a former U-17 national team coach.
"We are thrilled to assist our national team any way we can," Miller said.
The only Georgian on the U.S. residency roster for this spring is Atlantan Bryan Dominguez, who played club soccer with the Concorde Fire. The U.S. U-17 players are members of U.S. Soccer's residency program, meaning they train and go to school year-round in Bradenton, Fla.
The Peruvian U-17 team is led by Reimond Manco, who is rated as South America's top forward and was voted the top player in the South American qualifying tournament.