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November 14, 2012
Unionís Pfeffer, Academyís Steffan get invite

The Philadelphia Union's Zach Pfeffer has been called into the U.S. Under 18 National Team.
The Philadelphia Union's Zach Pfeffer has been called into the U.S. Under 18 National Team.
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CHICAGO Ė Midfielder Zach Pfeffer and Philadelphia Union Academy member Zackary Steffen have been called up by the U.S. Under-18 Menís National Team for their latest training camp from Nov. 17-24 in Carson, Calif.

During the training camp, the U-18 MNT is scheduled to square off against the Canada U-18 Menís National Team on Wednesday, Nov. 21 and Friday, Nov. 23; both matches are slated to kick off at 3 p.m. PT. Coached by Javier Perez, the team last convened in the Netherlands in September, where they competed against U-18 club teams representing Feyenoord Rotterdam, Borussia Dortmund and Club Brugge.

"Anytime you get a chance to represent your country regardless of the level it's a big honor,Ē said Pfeffer. ďI am excited for the opportunity and always take a lot from those training sessions."

Pfeffer, one of five professionals on the 24-player roster, signed as the Unionís first ever Homegrown player in 2010 and made his first official league appearance with the Union in 2011, starting in a 1-0 victory against the Columbus Crew on September 17. Pfeffer, 17, most recently captained the Unionís U-17 squad to the 2012 Generation adidas Cup.

Rated the top goalkeeper in the class of 2013 by ESPNHS, Steffen verbally committed to the University of Maryland earlier this year. In addition to participating in Philadelphia's academy system and the Unionís Reserve League team, Steffen plays for Youth Development Affillate FC DELCO and has been a member of the US Youth National Teams since the age of 14.

U.S. U-18 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Santiago Castano (New York Red Bulls Academy; Union City, N.J.), Ethan Horvath (Unattached, Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zackary Steffen (Maryland; Downingtown, Pa.).

DEFENDERS (6): Michael Amick (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Suliaman Dainkeh (DC United Academy; Reston, Va.), Trevor Haberkorn (Solar Chelsea SC; Roanoke, Texas), Jalen Markey (Seattle Sounders FC Academy; Renton, Wash.), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls Academy; Clifton, N.J.), Christian Sady (New England Revolution Academy; Boston, Mass.).

MIDFIELDERS (5): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Marco Delgado (CD Chivas USA; Glendora, Calif.), Jacori Hayes (Baltimore Bays; Bowie, Md.), Piakai Henkel (Amiens FC; Arcata, Calif.), Brian Iloski (San Diego Surf; Escondido, Calif.).

FORWARDS (8): Jordan Allen (RSL Arizona; Rochester, N.Y.), Paul Arriola (LA Galaxy; Chula Vista, Calif.), Justin Dhillon (LA Galaxy Academy; Rancho S.M., Calif.), Benjamin Lopez (RSL Arizona; San Diego, Calif.), Amando Moreno (New York Red Bulls Academy; Morganville, N.J.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.), Ben Spencer Jr. (CD Chivas USA; Albuquerque, N.M.), Travis Wannemuehler (Indiana Fire Academy; Evansville, Ind.).
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