Georgia United Soccer Alliance announced on their Twitter account Wednesday that three of their players - Andrew Carleton, Chris Goslin, and Charlie Asensio - have been invited to join U.S. Soccer's U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida.
Getting an invite to Residency is a huge deal for an American soccer prospect. It signifies a player's status as one of the brightest talents in the country within their age group. While not a guaranteed ticket, if you're chosen for Residency it means you have an inside track to the U.S. U-17 men's national team for their current World Cup cycle. U.S. Soccer tends to do their best to keep classes the of Residency Program together as a unit. Whether this is a good or bad philosophy for the program is debatable, but it's certainly good news for these three Georgia players.
It's no shock to see Andrew Carleton's name on the invite list considering he's lauded by many scouts and talent evaluators as one of if not the best talents in the class of 2018, Chris Goslin, who joined Carleton on the U.S. U-17's trip to the Nike Friendlies in Florida recently, has also been invited.
The final player to receive an invite, Charlie Asensio, wasn't on that trip to Florida but has received a number of call-ups to the U-15 BNT in the past.
The Residency Program in Bradenton is a full-time Academy where players live, train, and go to classes. The U.S. Soccer website boasts this stat about how many of its participants have gone on to bigger and better things:
Since its inception, more than 300 players have been through the full-time Residency Program, and more than 100 of those players have moved on to Major League Soccer, or the professional leagues in Europe.
DSS congratulates all three youngsters and wishes them the best of luck.