U-20 Men's National Team Set for Final Training Camp Before FIFA U-20 World Cup in Sept.
The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team is set to travel to Argentina on Tuesday, July 21, for a 10-day foreign training camp that will include two international games as part of the Copa Cuidad de Rosario. The U.S. will face Uruguay on July 27 and Australia on July 29 before departing Rosario on July 30.
July 18, 2009
The 17-player roster includes 11 players who were part of the team that took second at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in March. Thomas Rongen has also invited newcomer Cesar Zamora, a defender for Chivas USA who was signed to a professional contract in March from the Chivas USA U-17/18 Development Academy team. Also joining the team for the second straight international trip is U-17/18 Development Academy Player of the Year, Dillon Powers of Andromeda.
The U.S. has been drawn into a difficult Group C of the FIFA U-20 World Cup and will match up against Germany on Sept. 26, Cameroon on Sept. 29 and Korea Republic on Oct. 2 in the first round. All three of the USA’s group matches will be played at the brand-new Mubarak Stadium in Suez.
Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Josh Lambo (FC Dallas; Middleton, Wis.), Brian Perk (UCLA; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Gale Agbossoumonde (unattached; Syracuse, N.Y.), Jorge Flores (Chivas USA; Anaheim, Calif.), Ike Opara (Wake Forest University; Durham, N.C.), Anthony Wallace (FC Dallas; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Sheanon Williams (unattached; Boston, Mass.), Cesar Zamora (Chivas USA; Sylmar, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Danny Cruz (Houston Dynamo; Glendale, Ariz.), Dilly Duka (Rutgers University; Montville, N.J.), Gerson Mayen (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Brian Ownby (University of Virginia; Glen Allen, Va.), Dillon Powers (Andromeda; Plano, Texas), Michael Stephens (UCLA; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (4): Sam Garza (University of Denver; Highland Village, Texas), Fuad Ibrahim (Toronto FC; Richfield, Minn.), Tony Taylor (Jacksonville University; Jacksonville, Fla.)
U-20 Men’s National Team Staff
Head Coach: Thomas Rongen (Sewalls Point, Fla.)
Assistant Coach: Dave Dir (Dallas, Texas)
Goalkeeper Coach: Tim Mulqueen (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.)
Strength Coach Robbie Elliott (Newcastle, England)
Team Coordinator: Jon Fleishman (Long Beach, Calif.)
Equipment Coordinator: Beto Cuevas (Redondo Beach, Calif.)
Athletic Trainer: Jake Anderson (Acworth, Ga.)
Team Doctor Cody Malley (Apex, N.C.)