Four Massachusetts soccer players are part of an elite group of 64 soccer players, aged 15 to 17 years old, being called into U.S. Soccer's National Combine this week.
Goalkeeper Austin Aviza (Medway), forward Mohamed Kenawy (Boston), Rivers midfielder Declan McCabe (Weston) and defender Miles Robinson (Arlington) will attend the camp held Aug. 9-13 at Nike's World Headquarters in Oregon.
Aviza and McCabe both play for the New England Revolution's youth academy.
Here's more on the event from today's release from the Revolution communication staff:
As part of U.S. Soccer’s expanded Training Center program – launched in partnership with Nike in 2013 – the five-day camp is designed to evaluate and build the core for the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team pool. Youth National Team staff will run the sessions under guidance of U.S. Soccer Director of Scouting Tony Lepore.
The player pool was selected by U.S. Soccer scouts through assessment at Training Centers and Local Combines, Development Academy events and other youth soccer programs over the past year. This National Combine is a premier opportunity for the nation's top high school-aged boys to be evaluated by National Team staff and scouts from around the country.
Aviza earned his first call-up to U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team camp in March, training with the squad from March 23-31 in Carson, Calif. The Medway resident had previously participated in four U.S. Soccer Training Centers, held locally in January 2012, June 2012, November 2012 and January 2013.
McCabe was previously enrolled in U.S. Soccer’s Under-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., and was named to Under-17 squad for the 2011 Albir Garden Sports Cup, held in L’Aflas Del Pi, Spain from Oct. 15-20. The midfielder attended a U.S. Soccer Under-14 National Team camp in 2009 and Under-15 National Team camps in 2010 and 2011, held in Carson, Calif. McCabe also participated in U.S. Club Soccer’s ID2 program in 2007, 2008 and 2009, and was selected for a trip to Germany and the Netherlands in 2010.