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Trio of U-14 Red Bull Academy youths called to U-17 national team program

Posted on 13 January 2010 by ASN Staff

Santiago Castano

Age may just be a number but for these kids it makes for a pretty impressive achievement. Three New York Red Bulls Academy U-14 members were called into the U-17 Men’s National Team Residency Program at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. for the Spring 2010 semester.

The trio, Santiago Castano of Union City, N.J., Russell Canouse of Lancaster, Pa. and Adam Najem of Clifton, N.J. were all born in 1995, which is rare for players entering residency.

“The Red Bulls Academy is proud to have Santiago, Russell and Adam invited to participate in the US Soccer U17 Residency Program,” saidd Bob Montgomery, Red Bull New York Director of Youth Programs. “Having these players invited into
Residency is a major accomplishment for any club and is a testament to the players and the job of our coaching staff.”

Russell Canouse

Castano is the second Red Bulls goalkeeper in the last six months to join the Residency Program, following in the footsteps of Keith Cardona of Glen Rock, N.J. Castano was last season’s Red Bulls Academy U-14 Player of the Year. He and Najem were part of the Red Bulls contingent that was called into U-15 camp by Jim Berlow in December.

Canouse is described as “a very technical player…he is very competitive and has a smart soccer brain” and plays defense or midfield. Canouse was recently profiled in TopDrawerSoccer.com.

Najem is a midfield/forward and was last year’s Red Bulls Academy U-15 Player of the Year despite playing up in age group. Najem also plays for Paramus Catholic high school.

“All three of the players are well deserving of this invite, said Montgomery. “In the past year they have all worked hard to achieve many of their individual goals. Their dedication and maturity are key factors in their development and is major reason why they have been bought into Residency dominated by 1994s, when all three are 1995s.”

Adam Najem

Former Red Bull Jozy Altidore also passed through the U-17 Residency Program, which was established in 1999. Current Red Bulls Academy players John Agudelo and Cardona recently graduated after the U17 FIFA World Cup In Nigeria in November.

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