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Rodney Replaces Bowen for Copa Chivas Tournament


CHICAGO (Jan. 24, 2008) -- Ahkeel Rodney will replace an injured Tristen Bowen for the Under-20 Men's National Team trip to Guadalajara, Mexico for the Copa Chivas Tournament.  Bowen was injured during training camp in Bradenton, Fla.

The U.S. leaves for Mexico today, Jan. 24, and will play five games in the first round. The U.S. will kick off the tournament against America on Saturday, Jan. 26. The following matches in group play will be against Tecos (Jan. 27), Locomotiv de Moscu (Jan. 28), Estudiantes de la Plata (Jan. 29) and Santos (Jan. 30). If the U.S. advances they could move on to the quarterfinals (Jan. 31), semifinals (Feb. 1) or even the final (Feb. 2).

Updated U-20 MNT Roster by Position

GOALKEEPERS
(2): Josh Lambo (FC Dallas), Abdul Hamid (Annandale, Va.)
DEFENDERS (7): Gale Agbossoumonde (Syracuse, N.Y.), Franklin Blaise (Miami, Fla.), Paolo DelPiccolo (Lakewood, Colo.), Nicholas Millington (Raleigh, N.C.), Matthew Uy (New Hyde Park, N.Y.), Zarek Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.), Sheanon Williams (Boston, Mass.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Jose Altamirano (San Diego, Calif.), Steben Birnbaum (Irvine, Calif.), Andrew Lubahn (Erie, Pa.), Amobi Okugo (Sacramento, Calif.), Pablo Punyed (Miami, Fla.),
FORWARDS (5): Jorge Flores (Chivas USA), Felix Garcia (Laredo, Texas), Christian Gonzales (Miami, Fla.), Alex Nimo (Real Salt Lake), Ahkeel Rodney (Elmont, N.Y.)

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