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Rongen to Bring 26 Players to Bradenton, Fla. as Part of Final CONCACAF Championship Preparations

CHICAGO (Feb. 3, 2009) -- U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has named 26 players to join the team in Bradenton, Fla. from Feb. 4-15 as part of final preparations for the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship.

Included on the roster, from which 20 players for the CONCACAF Championship will be named, are 10 professionals, including six from Major League Soccer and four from leagues abroad. FC Dallas sends an impressive four players to the camp in Josh Lambo, Brek Shea, Anthony Wallace and the newly-drafted Peri Marosevic. Fellow MLS rookie Danny Cruz will represent the Houston Dynamo while Chivas USA's Jorge Flores rounds out the domestic professional contingent.

Representing leagues across four different European countries are Bryan Arguez (Hertha Berlin), Kyle Davies (Southampton FC), Jared Jeffrey (Club Brugge) and Guiseppe Nazzani (Bologna FC), who play in Germany, England, Belgium and Italy, respectively.

Also included on the roster are 14 collegiate players who join the U-20s from 13 different universities. Wake Forest will be the only school with two players, defenders Ike Opara and Daniel Wenzel, in Bradenton. Forward Casey Townsend will represent current NCAA Champion Maryland.

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
Arguez, Bryan M 6'2" 175 01/13/89 Miami, Fla. Hertha Berlin (Germany)
Balchan, Richard D 6'0'' 165 01/18/89 Carmel, Ind. Indiana University
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
Opara, Ike D 6'2" 170 02/21/89 Durham, N.C. Wake Forest University
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. Out of Contract

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): Richard Balchan (Indiana; Carmel, Ind.), 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 (Out of Contract; 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.