CARDONA CALLED INTO U17 RESIDENCY PROGRAM

Keith Cardona

Red Bull Academy goalkeeper Keith Cardona (Glen Rock, NJ) has been called into the U17 Men’s National Team Residency Program at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. for the Fall 2009 Semester, it was announced recently by U.S. Soccer U17 head coach Wilmer Cabrera.

“Keith is well deserving of this invite,” commented Bob Montgomery, Director of Youth Programs. “In the past year he has worked hard to achieve many of the individual goals that were set. His dedication and maturity are key factors in his development and a major reason that he is ready for the next level.”

Cardona joins fellow Red Bull Academy product John Agudelo (Barnegat, NJ) in the Residency Program, and makes the Red Bull Academy the only program with two players in residency.

“Keith has got a great opportunity ahead of him to continue his development at the highest levels on Youth soccer in the US,” stated Red Bull Academy Goalkeeper Coach Andrew Sparkes. “He’s a player who takes every step one at a time, whether it be a U16 game, training with the Red Bulls first team or hopefully playing in the FIFA U17 World Cup. He works hard everyday to reach his goals and with his dedication and ability I am sure he will reach them.”

The US U-17 Men’s National Team has been drawn into Group E of the upcoming FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Nigeria with Spain, Malawi and the United Arab Emirates. The US will play the first two group games against Spain on Oct. 26 and Malawi on Oct. 29, in Kano before moving to Ijebu-Ode to close out the first round against UAE on Nov. 1.

Former Red Bull Jozy Altidore also passed through the U17 Residency Program, which was established in 1999.

Cardona is the 20th player from the New York Red Bull Academy to be invited to participate in National team camps or events. Yannick Salmon (Jamaica), Anthony Vasquez (Puerto Rico), and Matt Uy (USA) played for their respective U20 sides, Johnny Exantus (Haiti), Walter Hines (Costa Rica), and Matt Kassel (USA) represented their countries at the U18 level, Oscar Gonzalez (USA) and Victor Manosalva (Ecuador) played at their countries at the U16 level, Agudelo (USA) at the U15 level, Danny Bartok (USA), Adam Najem (USA), and Matt Mahoney (USA) played the U14 National side, and Santiago Castano (USA), Matt Miazga (USA), Russel Canouse (USA), John Toher (USA), Shane Kronick (USA), and Zack Reed (USA) have recently been called into U14 camp.

For more information on the Red Bull Academy program, check out their website at www.RedBullsAcademy.com.

Take a look at fun video of Keith getting pied in the face at a Red Bulls practice:

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8 Responses to “CARDONA CALLED INTO U17 RESIDENCY PROGRAM”

  1. lou Says:

    yet another youth prodigy that will leave for europe while this team continues to plummet. FIRE OSORIO AND AGOOS

  2. Mentz Says:

    FIRE OSORIO!

    FIRE AGOOS!

  3. empiebull Says:

    Can we not have something positive to say. This is one of our own players who deserves to be congratulated on his call up!

  4. j1mbr0wn Says:

    This is really great news. First, congrats to Keith. Sounds like your hard work is paying off, so keep it up.

    Second, it’s awesome that the academy teams keep cranking out the talent. This really bodes well for the future of the sport in this area as well as this country.

  5. Cindy Says:

    Congrats to Keith! awesome stuff!

  6. Mike Says:

    Congrats Keith!

    …FIRE OSORIO AND AGOOS!

  7. jason Says:

    ok lets sign him up but no osorio will rather bring in a 34 year old player about to retire and spend a fortune on

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