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Rongen Calls In 23 College Players to Train in New Orleans

CHICAGO (Feb. 11, 2008) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has called in 23 players for a domestic training camp in New Orleans from Feb 19-24.

The team, made up entirely of collegiate players, will gather in New Orleans on Feb. 19 and play two games in a four-team event. On Saturday, Feb. 23 the U.S. will face the Honduras U-20 MNT, and on Sunday will face either the New Orleans Shell Shockers or Victoria, a youth team from Honduras. The two Saturday winners will match up on Sunday, while the losing teams will meet in a consolation match.

Four members of the 2007 U.S. Pan American Team will be in New Orleans as Daniel Cruz, Greg Eckhardt, Warren Gross, and Peri Marosevic all traveled to Rio de Janeiro last summer.

Gross and Marosevic, who attend Penn State and Michigan, respectively, are two of the Big Ten’s five representatives. Rounding out the Big Ten contingent are Richard Balchan and Daniel Kelly from Indiana and Michigan State’s Spencer Thompson. The ACC boasts four representatives, including Ike Opara, who was a member of Wake Forest’s NCAA Championship team.

U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team
Domestic Training Camp - New Orleans, La.

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown College
Amick, Stuart D 5-9 155 04/24/89 West Lafayette, Ind. UMass
Balchan, Richard M 6-0 165 01/18/89 Carmel, Ind. Indiana
Brettschneider, Blake F 6-0 170 04/11/89 Lilburn, Ga. South Carolina
Brown, Cameron F 5-9 145 03/20/89 Garland, Texas North Carolina
Cabas, Steven F 6-1 175 08/02/89 Miami, Fla. Florida International
Chin, Shawn M 5-8 145 05/11/89 Miami, Fla. Boston College
Cruz, Daniel M 5-8 145 05/11/90 Glendale, Ariz. UNLV
Eckhardt, Greg D 6-0 175 01/07/89 Orange Park, Fla. Clemson
Gavin, Blair M 6-0 160 01/08/89 Franklin, Tenn. Akron
Gross, Warren GK 6-3 210 07/01/89 Greenfield Center, N.Y. Penn State
Guerrero, Austin GK 5-11 175 03/24/89 Chula Vista, Calif. Portland
Kelly, Daniel F 6-0 175 03/29/89 Hendersonville, Tenn. Indiana
Lara, Wilfrido M 5-9 145 02/13/89 Chicago, Ill. DePaul
Marosevic, Peri F 5-9 160 05/05/89 Rockford, Ill. Michigan
Mittoo, Andre D 6-1 185 02/17/89 Pembroke Pines, Fla. South Florida
Okafor, John M 6-1 180 08/25/89 Verona, N.J. Brown
Opara, Ike D 6-2 170 02/21/89 Durham, N.C. Wake Forest
Shupp, James D 5-11 185 03/08/89 Downingtown, Pa. Virginia Tech
Stephens, Michael M 5-9 150 04/03/89 Naperville, Ill. UCLA
Taylor, Chris D 6-1 160 05/12/89 Edmond, Okla. Tulsa
Thomas, Ryan F 5-9 155 03/20/89 Claremont, Calif. Stanford
Thompson, Spencer M 6-1 160 01/05/89 Shelbytown, Mich. Michigan State
Weideman, Andrew F 5-11 160 08/22/89 San Ramon, Calif. California

GOALKEEPERS (2): Warren Gross (Penn State), Austin Guerrero (University of Portland)
DEFENDERS (6): Stuart Amick (University of Massachusetts), Greg Eckhardt (Clemson University), Andre Mittoo (South Florida), Ike Opara (Wake Forest), James Shupp (Virginia Tech), Chris Taylor (University of Tulsa)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Richard Balchan (Indiana University), Shawn Chin (Boston College), Daniel Cruz (UNLV), Blair Gavin (Akron), Wilfrido Lara (DePaul University), John Okafor (Brown University), Michael Stephens (UCLA), Spencer Thompson (Michigan State)
FORWARDS (7): Blake Brettschneider (University of South Carolina), Cameron Brown (University of North Carolina), Steven Cabas (Florida International), Daniel Kelly (Indiana University), Peri Marosevic (University of Michigan), Ryan Thomas (Stanford University), Andrew Weideman (University of California)

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 Bradenton, Fla.
Goalkeeper Coach: Tim Mulqueen Bradenton, Fla.
Team Coordinator: Jon Fleishman Pittsburgh, Pa.
Equipment Coordinator: Rigoberto Cuevas Sacramento, Calif.
Athletic Trainer: James Pratt Atlanta, Ga.