Blog: FCD Academy players blog from Israel tourney

Michael Ambrose, Jonathan Top and Boyd Okwuonu write from US U-18 tourney

Twenty players from the United States' U-18 squad are in
Tel Aviv, Israel, to play in a three-match tournament this week. Three of those
players – the most from any single club – are from the FC Dallas Academy.
Jonathon Top, Michael Ambrose and Boyd Okwuonu were all selected to the US side
and will battle Germany on Dec. 13, France on Dec. 14 and Israel on Dec. 16.

READ: US U-18s headed to Israel for three-game tourney asked the young FCD players to send us
periodic blogs using their Facebook accounts from overseas. Our first entry
comes from Ambrose, a talented left-footed defender who has been part of the US
Soccer Residency Program in Florida.

Monday: December 13, 2010

Hey FC Dallas fans! Michael Ambrose here, writing to you
from Tel Aviv.

The trip is going pretty good so far – we’ve had four training
sessions and they all went well. We’ve been really focused on functional work
along with some technique. The hotel we’re staying in is pretty nice and the
food is good, and we’ve gotten to do some pretty neat sightseeing in our free

The weather here has been warm and in the mid-70s, that is
until today. Our game against Germany was cancelled because the weather was
really bad – they couldn’t even land the team’s plane until late this
afternoon! The game has been rescheduled for Friday, so instead our first
opponent will be France on Tuesday. The lineup hasn’t been posted yet, but I’m
looking forward to the chance to get out on the field.

I’ll keep all of you guys back at home posted on our result
against France – hopefully all of us FC Dallas Academy guys will see the field
and get a chance to make an impact. We’re definitely ready to get out there!

Talk to you soon,