San Pedro’s Carlos Martinez Named to U.S. U-17 Roster for CONCACAF Championships & More

A few items to get caught up on today:

*Midfielder Carlos Martinez (Wilmington Jr.; San Pedro) was today named to the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team that will compete in the 2009 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship that begins Tuesday in Tijuana.

The U.S. opens against Cuba Tuesday, plays Canada on April 23 and Honduras April 25.

The tournament’s semifinalists qualify for the 2009 FIFA Under-17 World Cup this fall in Nigeria.

All 20 players on the roster attend U.S. Soccer’s Under-17 Residency Program in Florida. Also named: Emilio Orozco (Rampage FC; Oxnard) and Luis Gil (Pateadores; Garden Grove).

*Chivas USA’s Under-18, Under-16, and Under-14 youth teams will hold an open tryout April 24 in Santa Ana. Cost is $30. A registration form and full info is at the club’s Web site on the right hand side of this blog.

Among those slated to watch: Jos Luis Real, the Youth Development Director for Chivas de Guadalajara.

*Tickets for the Gold Cup go on sale Friday including the Friday, July 3 doubleheader in Carson that sees Canada playing Jamaica and Costa Rica verses El Salvador.

*The Los Angeles Sol of Women’s Professional Soccer formally announced the signing of defender Martina Franko that readers of this blog learned about last Saturday. Franko, who has 54 Canadian caps, is the Sol’s seventh international.

“Martina is an experienced leader who will bring a veteran presence to our young and diverse team,” said Coach Abner Rogers.

The Sol host Brandi Chastain of F.C. Gold Pride Sunday at Home Depot Center in their second home game of the season.

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