U.S. U-20 MNT Head Coach Tab Ramos Names 20-Player Roster for Training Camp in Houston
Team Prepares for June 8 Match at Uruguay, June 12 Game at Chile
CHICAGO (May 26, 2012) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named a 20-player roster for a five-day training camp in Houston, Texas, followed by international games against Uruguay and Chile.
The domestic training camp runs from May 30 to June 3 at the Houston Amateur Sports Park, the permanent training home of Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo. Then the U-20 MNT travels for two matches against Uruguay, on June 6 and June 8, followed by a June 12 game against Chile in Santiago.
The U-20s recently convened for an April camp in Portland, Ore., that was capped off by a 1-0 victory against the University of Washington on April 15, highlighted by an 89th-minute, game-winning goal from Victor Pineda.
Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cody Cropper (Unattached; Athens, Ga.), Tomas Gomez (Georgetown; Webster Groves, Mo.).
DEFENDERS (7): AJ Cochran (Wisconsin; St. Louis, Mo.), Christian Dean (California Berkeley; East Palo Alto, Calif.), Jordan McCrary (North Carolina; Marietta, Ga.), Eric Miller (Creighton; Woodbury, Minn.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (UANL Tigres; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (North Carolina; Edmund, Okla.), William Packwood (Birmingham City; Concord, Mass.).
MIDFIELDERS (7): Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), Mikey Lopez (North Carolina; Mission, Texas), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bollingbrook, Ill.), Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg; Holly, Mich.), Wil Trapp (Akron; Gahanna, Ohio).
FORWARDS (5): Villyan Bijev (Fortuna Düsseldorf; Fresno, Calif.), Daniel Cuevas (Santos Laguna; Sacramento, Calif.), Daniel Garcia (FC Dallas Academy; Dallas, Texas), James Rogers (New Mexico; Salt Lake City, Utah), Jonathan Top (FC Dallas; Fort Worth, Texas)
- Fourteen of the 20 players on the roster are members of the Development Academy.
- All 20 players were born in 1993, and four players were born on successive dates: midfielder Caleb Stanko (July 26, 1993), forward James Rogers (July 27), defender Jordan McCrary (July 28) and forward Daniel Cuevas (July 29).
- Midfielder Mikey Lopez and defenders McCrary and Boyd Okwuonu are teammates at North Carolina. The Tar Heels won the 2011 College Cup against Charlotte with a 1-0 victory, marking North Carolina’s first men’s soccer title in 10 years. All three players started and played the full 90 minutes in the final.