Kudos to Sonoma Academy's McIntosh

Sonoma Academy's Kendall McIntosh

Sonoma Academy's Kendall McIntosh

Congratulations go out to Sonoma Academy’s Kendall McIntosh, a Coyote sophomore goalie.

He has been selected to participate in the U.S. National Soccer Team’s U17 Residency Program.

Following is a press release on the appointment:

Santa Rosa, CA, January 4, 2010—Kendall McIntosh, a sophomore at Sonoma Academy, is one of 40 players from across the nation to be selected for the U.S. National Soccer Team’s U17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida.

“This is a great opportunity for Kendall and our entire school is excited for him,” says Sonoma Academy Athletic Director Chris Ziemer. “Although he has a lot of natural talent, he has worked hard to deserve this opportunity. Many of the players from the U17’s have gone on to play at the highest levels of college soccer, professionally in the US and around the World, and with the Olympic and National teams, so although we will miss having him on campus we look forward to hearing great things about him in the future.”

The U.S. players live on campus at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and train in the morning under the guidance of Wilmer Cabrera and his assistant coaches. In the afternoon, the players attend classes at Bradenton Preparatory Academy. While in the full-time residency program, the U.S. not only trains daily under Cabrera, but also has access to the IMG Academy’s spacious facilities. The team regularly uses IMG’s state-of-the-art strength-training facilities, as well as some of the nation’s best sports psychologists that work at the Academy. The IMG Academy includes top-of-the-line soccer equipment, three Bermuda grass fields, an indoor dome with artificial turf, two swimming pools, newly renovated student housing and dining facilities.

Since its inception, 170 players have been through the full-time Residency Program, and more than 60 of those players have moved on to Major League Soccer or the professional leagues in Europe. Fifteen players have also registered at least one cap with the full Men’s National team: Freddy Adu, DaMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman, Michael Bradley, Landon Donovan, Bobby Convey, Eddie Johnson, Justin Mapp, Oguchi Onyewu, Santino Quaranta, Chad Marshall, Eddie Gaven, Jonathan Spector, Heath Pearce and Josmer Altidore.