Rongen Names U-20 MNT Roster for Copa Chivas Tournament
CHICAGO (Jan. 14) - U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has named 16 players to his initial roster for the Copa Chivas tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The team will train from Jan. 20-24 in Bradenton, Fla. in conjunction with the Under-18 Men’s National Team’s Mega-camp. Rongen will take up to five players from the mega-camp to Guadalajara on Jan. 24.
The U.S. will play five games in five days in group play, meaning Rongen will use a number of different lineups to give his players enough rest.
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).
U.S. U-20 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Abdul Hamid (Annandale, Va.), Josh Lambo (Middleton, Wis.)
DEFENDERS (5): Franklin Blaise (Miami, Fla.), Nicholas Millington (Raleigh, N.C.), Brek Shea (College Station, Texas), Sheanon Williams (Boston, Mass.), Matthew Uy (New Hyde Park, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (4): Bryan Arguez (Miami, Fla.), Amobi Okugo (Sacremento, Calif.), Pablo Punyed (Miami, Fla.), Anthony Wallace (FC Dallas)
FORWARDS (5): Hugh Dixon (Humble, Texas), Jorge Flores (Anaheim, Calif.), Felix Garcia (Laredo, Texas),
Cristian Gonzales (Miami, Fla.), Ellis McLoughlin (Seattle, Wash.)
U.S. U-20 MNT Schedule - Copa Chivas
Saturday, January 26 – vs. America
Sunday, January 27 – vs. Tecos
Monday, January 28 – vs. Locomotiv de Moscu
Tuesday, January 29 – vs. Estudiantes de la Plata
Wednesday, January 30 – vs. Santos
Thursday, January 31 – Quarterfinals
Friday, February 1 – Semifinals
Saturday, February 2 – Final