LA Galaxy Academy Update: Midfielder Ronaldo Munoz Joins U.S. Residency Program

CARSON, CA - AUGUST 19: Newly acquired Los Angeles Galaxy forward Robbie Keane greets kids from Los Angeles Galaxy Youth Academy after training at The Home Depot Center on August 19, 2011 in Carson, California. Keane, who is the captain of Ireland's national team, will make his MLS debut against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday at The Home Depot Center (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The captain of the Galaxy U-16 Academy team, Ronaldo Munoz was one of 31 players selected to train full time as part of the United States U-17 National Team Residency Program in Brandenton, Florida. U.S U-17 head coach Richie Williams named the Rancho Cucamonga native in his squad for the 2012 Fall Semester of the Residency Program in preparation for the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship being held April 2013 in Panama.

Munoz was named to the US Soccer Development Academy U-16 Western Conference Starting XI after helping the Galaxy's U-16's win the SoCal Division title with a record of 18-3-9. He scored four times in the 21 matches he played in, serving as the team captain while also spending time with the National U-17 team.

The full time Residency Program has seen more than 300 players move through and more than 100 of them have gone on to MLS or overseas soccer careers. Twenty four of those players have earned at least one cap with the US National Team, including Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez.

Muñoz was one of 24 players that traveled in June to Costa Rica with the U.S. U-17’s for the Copa Saprissa International tournament scoring a team-high three goals to lead the U.S. to a second place finish in the competition. He was also one of 40 players selected to participate in a training camp that was held at The Home Depot Center in late July.

For more information of the Residency Program, click here.

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