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Rongen Names 16 Players to Copa Chivas Roster


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

Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Birth Date Hometown Club
Arguez, Bryan M 6' 2" 175 11/13/89 Miami, Fla. DC United
Blaise, Fracklin D 5' 9" 180 04/12/90 Miami, Fla. Kendall Soccer Coalition
Dixon, Hugh F 5' 9" 140 02/07/90 Humble, Texas Texans FC
Flores, Jorge F 5' 11" 150 09/16/89 Anaheim, Calif. Chivas USA
Garcia, Felix F 6' 1" 160 07/30/90 Laredo, Texas Laredo Heat
Gonzalez, Cristian F 5' 10" 165 12/11/90 Miami, Fla. Kendall Soccer Coalition
Hamid, Abdul GK 6' 3" 225 11/25/90 Annandale, Va. Mclean FC
Lambo, Joshua GK 6' 0" 205 11/19/90 Middleton, Wisc. Chicago Magic
McLoughlin, Ellis F 5' 10" 170 07/08/90 Seattle, Wash. University of Washington
Millington, Nicholas D 5' 8" 150 08/09/91 Raleigh, N.C. CASL
Okugo, Amobi M 5' 11" 165 03/13/91 Sacramento, Calif. San Juan Lightning Crew
Punyed, Pablo M 5' 8" 155 04/18/90 Miami, Fla. Kendall Soccer Coalition
Shea, Dane D 6' 3" 180 02/28/90 College Station, Texas Texans FC
Williams, Sheanon D 5' 11" 165 03/17/90 Boston, Mass. University of North Carolina
Uy, Matthew D 5' 9" 150 08/09/91 New Hyde Park, N.Y. BW Gottschee

U.S. U-20 MNT Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Thomas Rongen Swealls Point, Fla.
Assistant Coach: Raul Diaz Arce Tampa, Fla.
Assistant Coach: Marco Etcheverry Purcellville, Va.
Goalkeeper Coach: Russell Payne Washington, D.C.
Team Coordinator: Jon Fleishman Pittsburgh, Pa.
Team Doctor: Travis Hanson Houston, Texas
Equipment Manager: Rigoberto Cuevas Sacramento, Calif.
Athletic Trainer: Payton Haynes Atlanta, Ga.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster By Position
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 (7): Hugh Dixon (Humble, Texas), Jorge Flores (Anaheim, Calif.), Felix Garcia (Laredo, Texas),
Cristian G0onzales (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

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