Farfan Brothers Make U.S. U-17 20-Man Roster

Aug. 16, 2005

San Antonio, TX - The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team will face Mexico in an international friendly on Saturday, Aug. 20, at East Central Hornets High School Stadium in San Antonio, Texas. The match will serve as a preparation match for both teams as they prepare for the 2005 FIFA Under-17 World Championship in Peru from Sept. 16-Oct. 2. Kickoff for the match is set for 7 p.m.

Head coach John Hackworth has named a 20-player roster for the match and it includes Cal State Fullerton-bound Michael and Gabriel Farfan. Both will begin classes at CSF in the Spring semester.

The U.S. was drawn into Group C with North Korea, Italy and Ivory Coast. The U.S. opens against North Korea (Korea DPR) on Sept. 17 at 12:45 p.m. CT, before facing Italy on Sept. 20 (3:30 p.m. CT) and concludes group play on Sept. 23 (3:30 p.m. CT) against Ivory Coast. The U.S. will play their first two group matches against North Korea and Italy at Elias Aguirre Stadium in Chiclayo, before moving to Lima to face Ivory Coast in their third and final group match at Nacional Stadium.

Every U.S. match at the World Youth Championship can be followed live via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Phillips Electronics. The majority of the matches during the FIFA U-17 World Championship will be played on artificial turf, similar to the tournament two years ago in Finland.

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster GOALKEEPERS (2): Diego Restrepo (West Palm Beach, Fla.), Bryant Rueckner (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.); DEFENDERS (7): Kevin Alston (Silver Spring, Md.), Richard Edgar (Mechanicsville, Md.), Amaechi Igwe (Belmont, Calif.), Eric Lichaj (Downer's Grove, Ill.), Ofori Sarkodie (Huber Heights, Ohio), Neven Subotic (Bradenton, Fla.), Blake Wagner (Tampa, Fla.); MIDFIELDERS (8): Nikolas Besagno (Maple Valley, Wash.), Gabriel Farfan (San Diego, Calif.), Michael Farfan (San Diego, Calif.), Jeremy Hall (Tampa, Fla.), Daniel Kelly (Henderson, Tenn.), Quavas Kirk (Aurora, Ill.), Kyle Nakazawa (Palos Verde Est., Calif.), Ryan Soroka (Langhorne, Pa.); FORWARDS (3): David Arvizu (Santa Ana, Calif.), Omar Gonzalez (Dallas, Texas), Preston Zimmerman (Pasco, Wash.).