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Agbossoumonde Replaces Opara on U-20 Training Camp Roster

CHICAGO (Feb. 4, 2009) -- Defender Gale Agbossoumonde will replace the injured Ike Opara at the Under-20 Men's National Team training camp in Bradenton, Fla. Agbossoumonde will join the team immediately for the camp that continues through Feb. 15.

Defender Richard Balchan has also withdrawn from the training camp for personal reasons, bringing the number of players to 25, including 10 from the professional ranks and 12 collegiate players.

After the camp, Rongen will name a 20-player squad that will regroup in Bradenton on Feb. 24 before departing for Tobago on March 2. The U.S. has been drawn into Group A of the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship and will open their campaign against Jamaica on March 6 before taking on either Honduras or St. Vincent & the Grenadines on March 8 and El Salvador on March 10.

Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown Club
Agbossoumonde, Gale D 6'2" 185 11/17/91 Syracuse, N.Y. Unattached
Arguez, Bryan M 6'2" 175 01/13/89 Miami, Fla. Hertha Berlin (Germany)
Cascio, Tony M 6'0" 160 03/28/90 Gilbert, Ariz. University of Connecticut
Cruz, Danny M 5'8" 180 01/03/90 Glendale, Ariz. Houston Dynamo (MLS)
Davies, Kyle D 5'10" 160 04/11/89 Danville, Calif. Southampton FC (England)
Duka, Dilly M 5'9" 160 09/15/89 Montville, N.J. Rutgers University
Flores, Jorge M 5'11" 150 09/16/89 Anaheim, Calif. Chivas USA (MLS)
Garza, Sam F 5'10" 165 10/17/89 Highland Village, Texas University of Denver
Jeffrey, Jared M 5'10" 160 06/14/90 Richardson, Texas Club Brugge (Belgium)
Johnson, Sean GK 6'4" 220 05/31/89 Lilburn, Ga. University of Central Florida
Lambo, Josh GK 6'0" 205 11/19/90 Middleton, Wis. FC Dallas (MLS)
Marosevic, Peri  F 5'9" 160 05/05/89 Rockford, Ill. FC Dallas (MLS)
Maund, Aaron M 6'2" 175 09/19/90 Dorchester, Mass. University of Notre Dame
Nazzani, Giuseppe D 5'10" 170 06/27/90 Reggio Emilia, Italy Bologna FC (Italy)
Okugo, Amobi M 5'11" 165 03/13/91 Sacramento, Calif. San Juan Lightning Crew
Ownby, Brian M 5'11" 160 07/16/90 Glen Allen, Va. University of Virginia
Perk, Brian GK 5'11" 180 07/21/89 Rancho Sta. Margarita, Calif. UCLA
Shea, Brek M 6'3" 180 02/28/90 College Station, Texas FC Dallas (MLS)
Schuler, Billy F 5'11" 155 04/27/90 Allentown, N.J. University of North Carolina
Taylor, Chris D 6'1" 160 05/12/89 Edmond, Okla. University of Tulsa
Taylor, Tony F 6'0" 175 07/13/89 Jacksonville, Fla. Jacksonville University
Townsend, Casey F 5'11" 160 07/07/89 Traverse City, Mich. University of Maryland
Wallace, Anthony D 5'11" 165 01/26/89 St. Petersburg, Fla. FC Dallas (MLS)
Wenzel, Daniel D 5'11" 165 04/13/90 Federal Way, Wash. Wake Forest University
Williams, Sheanon D 5'11" 165 03/17/90 Boston, Mass. Unattached

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Roster by Position

GOALKEEPERS (3): Sean Johnson (Central Florida; Lilburn, Ga.), Josh Lambo (FC Dallas; Middleton, Wis.), Brian Perk (UCLA; Rancho Sta. Margarita, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (8): Gale Agbossoumonde (Unattached; Syracuse, N.Y.),  Kyle Davies (Southampton FC; Danville, Calif.), Giuseppe Nazzani (Bologna FC; Reggio Emilia, Italy), Ike Opara (Wake Forest; Durham, N.C.), Chris Taylor (Tulsa; Edmond, Okla.), Anthony Wallace (FC Dallas; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Daniel Wenzel (Wake Forest; Federal Way, Wash.), Sheanon Williams (Unattached; Boston)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Bryan Arguez (Hertha Berlin; Miami), Tony Cascio (Connecticut; Gilbert, Ariz.), Danny Cruz (Houston Dynamo; Glendale, Ariz.), Dilly Duka (Rutgers; Montville, N.J.), Jorge Flores (Chivas USA; Anaheim, Calif.), Jared Jeffrey (Club Brugge; Richardson, Texas), Aaron Maund (Notre Dame; Dorchester, Mass.), Amobi Okugo (San Juan Lightning; Sacramento, Calif.), Brian Ownby (Virginia; Glen Allen, Va.), Brek Shea (FC Dallas; College Station, Texas)
FORWARDS (5): Sam Garza (Denver; Highland Village, Texas), Peri Marosevic (FC Dallas; Rockford, Ill.), Billy Schuler (North Carolina; Allentown, N.J.), Tony Taylor (Jacksonville; Jacksonville, Fla.), Casey Townsend (Maryland; Traverse City, Mich.)

U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team Staff
Head Coach: Thomas Rongen Sewalls Point, Fla.
Assistant Coach: Dave Dir Dallas, Texas
Assistant Coach: Brian Maisonneuve Louisville, Ky.
Assistant Coach: Marcelo Balboa Superior, Colo.
Goalkeeper Coach: Tim Mulqueen Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Team Coordinator: Jon Fleishman Redondo Beach, Calif.
Equipment Coordinator: Beto Cuevas Redondo Beach, Calif.
Athletic Trainer: Marcus Holliday Bradenton, Fla.