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Galaxy forward Jack McBean named to U.S. roster for Under-17 World Cup in Mexico

June 9, 2011 | 11:52 am

Galaxy forward Jack McBean was the only U.S-based professional player selected Thursday when Coach Wilmer Cabrera named 21 players to represent the U.S. in soccer's FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Mexico.

McBean is one of nine California players on the squad. The 16-year-old from Newport Beach was signed by the Galaxy in January as a local discovery.

The U.S. is the only nation to have qualified for all 14 editions of the world championship, which this year will be played in seven Mexican cities between June 18 and July 10, with the final in Mexico City.

"These are the 21 players who earned the right to represent their country in the World Cup," Cabrera said. "It's not us, the coaching staff, picking them. They make the decision for us by competing every day.

"The roster was open until the last day, and these players demonstrated that they were the top in the country, but they also showed commitment, sacrifice and mentality to represent the United States."

The U.S. was drawn in Group D of the 24-nation event and in the first round will play the Czech Republic on June 19, Uzbekistan on June 22 and New Zealand on June 26.

The full U.S. roster:

Goalkeepers: Wade Hamilton, Kendall McIntosh, Fernando Pina

Defenders: Kellyn Acosta, Joe Amon, Zach Carroll, Mobi Fehr, Alessandro Mion, Nathan Smith

Midfielders: Matt Dunn, Alejandro Guido, Nico Melo, Marc Pelosi, Esteban Rodriguez, Tarki Salkicic, Dillon Serna, Andrew Souders

Forwards: Paul Arriola, Alfred Koroma, Jack McBean, Mario Rodriguez

-- Grahame L. Jones