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U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team to Hold Mega-Camp at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla.


CHICAGO (January 15, 2008) – U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team head coach Bob Jenkins announced his list of 72 players invited in for the mega-camp from January 17-24 at the IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla. All of the players were born on or after Jan. 1, 1990.

Jenkins and 10 assistant coaches will instruct and evaluate the players during the week-long camp and evaluate them for the next cycle of Under-20s.

Players on this roster will be the core age-group for the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Egypt with Under-20 head coach Thomas Rongen. Rongen will take as many as five players from the mega-camp with the Under-20 squad that will travel to Guadalajara, Mexico, for the Copa Chivas tournament from Jan. 24-Feb. 3.

“If you look at our player pool from our last U-18 group, it was about 70 players, so what we’re trying to do this year is get an early look at a large portion of our player pool,” said Jenkins. “The best environment to evaluate players is when the best players are with the best players. This camp will give us a good handle on which players we will continue to have in later camps.”

Along with training during the week, the U-18s will play a handful of scrimmages against each other and possibly the U-17 MNT, U-20 MNT or club teams in the area.

The ultimate goal of the U-18 program is to provide these players with the opportunity to continue to grow and improve, so they have the ability to make the jump to the U-20s, the U-23s and ultimately the full Men’s National Team. During their time with the U-18s, the players are immersed in top-level training and games against some of the best club and national teams around the world to help them reach those goals.

Out of the 72 players invited into the camp, 43 are from clubs that are a part of U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy Program. A total of 20 Development Academy teams are represented.

“Continuing player development is still the most important aspect at this level,” said Jenkins. “I’m sure there are a large number of talented players in this group. I have no doubt over the next few years they will continue to progress through the national team programs.”

With a three-year gap between the U-17 and the U-20 Men’s National Team, the U-18 MNT aids in the transition for younger players born in the odd-numbered years. The players on the U-18s are predominantly those who fall in that age gap where they were too old for the U-17s, but yet still too young to have an immediate impact with the U-20s.

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Birth Date Hometown Club
Agbossoumonde, Gale D 6-2 185 11/17/91 Syracuse, N.Y. IMG Soccer Academy
Ahkeel, Rodney F 5-11 180 04/18/91 Elmont N.Y. BW Gottschee
Akinsanya, Adedoja F/M 5-10 156 04/25/91 Sacramento, Calif. Boca Junior
Alleyne, Kwese M 6-1 160 03/12/92 Miramar, Fla. Schultz Academy
Altimarino, Jose F/M 5-4 125 07/17/91 San Diego, Calif. Del Mar Sharks
Anderson, Colin D 5-8 150 01/28/91 Tucson, Ariz. Arizona Rush
Aguirre, Jon M 5-11 175 01/15/92 Madison, N.J. PDA
Arreola, Eder F/M 5-6 135 11/13/91 Chino Hills, Calif. FC Barcelona
Barson, Chad D 5-9 160 02/25/91 Lewis Center, Ohio Crew Juniors
Bates, Will F 6-0 175 04/01/91 Chester, Va. Richmond Strikers
Bibbs, Nick D 5-10 155 01/31/91 Ardmore, Pa. Spirit United
Birnbaum, Steven D 6-2 165 01/23/91 Irvine, Calif. Pateadores
Bowen, Tristan F 5-11 165 01/30/91 Van Nuys, Calif. N/A
Brown, Jonathan F 5-10 150 12/07/92 Clinton, Miss. Central Jackson
Cadwell, Scott M 5-6 125 03/15/91 Braintree, Mass. United Blazers
Chavez, John F 5-8 160 04/07/92 Tulsa, Okla. Tulsa Thunder
Cruz, Pablo M 5-4 110 12/30/91 Azusa, Calif. Pateadores
Dacres, Kadeem M 5-9 150 08/25/91 Rosedale, N.Y. NY Hota
Del Piccolo, Paolo D 6-0 160 05/28/91 Lakewood, Colo. Colorado Rush
Diaz, Jose D 5-8 140 01/25/91 Fontana, Calif. Chivas USA
Diaz, Rafael GK 5-11 155 10/08/91 Rockaway, N.J. PDA
Dodson, Jason GK 6-1 200 04/29/91 Lake Oswego, Ore. Eastside United
Dominguez, Brian M 5-4 145 03/07/91 Atlanta, Ga. Concorde Fire
Finley, Ryan F 6-0 170 03/27/91 Lumberton, N.J. Rancocas Valley
Garcia, Kevin D 6-2 181 08/21/90 Flushing, N.Y. BW Gottschee
Gatt, Josh F/M 5-9 140 08/29/91 Plymouth, Mich. Michigan Wolves
Gonzalez, Eddie M 6-0 142 11/20/91 Thousand Oaks, Calif. Real So Cal
Jahn, Adam F/M 6-2 195 01/05/91 El Macero, Calif. Davis Legacy Gunners
Landeros, Jesus M 5-7 145 01/18/91 Oxnard, Calif. FC Barcelona
Langholz, Preston GK 6-3 180 06/04/92 Tulsa, Okla. Tulsa Thunder
Long, Alex GK 6-2 190 08/22/01 Cary, N.C. CASL
Lubahn, Andrerw F 5-11 160 09/10/91 Erie, Pa. Erie Admirals/ Friedel Academy
MacMath, Zac GK 6-1 170 08/07/91 St. Petersburg, Fla. Clearwater Chargers
Martinez, Eric D 6-2 160 05/02/91 Fort Mill, S.C. Charlotte Soccer Club
Matchett, Patrick D 6-1 170 03/03/92 Laguna Niguel, Calif. Irvine Strikers
Millington, Nic D 5-7 140 08/09/91 Raleigh, N.C. CASL
Mizell, Cody GK 6-0 178 09/30/91 Woodstock, Ga. GSA Pheonix Red
Nealis, James M/D 6-0 155 08/05/91 Massapequa, N.Y. Massapequa
Okugo, Amobi M 5-11 165 03/13/91 Sacramento, Calif. San Juan Lightning Crew
Ortega, Christopher M 5-11 145 02/05/91 Chula Vista, Calif. Arsenal F.C.
Pais, Mark GK 6-3 190 06/03/91 Frontenac, Mo. Scott Gallagher
Perry, Aubrey D 5-9 150 01/20/91 Ocoee, Fla. Ajax America
Petrick, Tanner M 5-6 145 08/31/90 Carolton, Tex. Dallas Texans
Petts, Harrison M 5-10 155 10/25/91 Zionsville, Ind. Carmel United
Portillos, Zach F/M 5-10 135 01/19/92 Aurora, Colo. Real Colorado
Quevedo, Christian F/M 5-8 140 09/06/90 Smithtown, N.Y. Smithtown Gunners
Quintana, Andrew D 5-6 145 05/24/91 Miami, Fla. Kendall Soccer
Ramos, Christian M 5-7 130 05/07/91 Miami, Fla. Kendall Soccer
Roman, Mike M 5-10 140 03/29/91 Oxnard, Calif. Real So Cal
Rowe, Kelyn F/M 5-8 140 12/02/91 Federal Way, Wash. Crossfire Premiere Academy
Ryan, Nicholas M 5-8 130 01/30/91 San Jose, Calif. Central Valley United
Salciccia, Anthony M 5-6 140 01/19/91 San Jose, Calif. Ruckus
Sanchez, Jossimar D/M 5-9 160 09/04/91 Patterson, N.J. PDA
Sarabia, David GK 6-2 160 02/13/91 Miami, Fla. Kendall Soccer
Sarkodie, Kofi D 5-7 155 03/22/91 Huber Heights, Ohio Ohio FC Mutiny
Savage, Anderson D 5-10 160 04/05/91 Eagle, Idaho Boise Capitals
Seballos, Steve M 5-9 135 01/21/91 Miami, Fla. Coral Springs
Sinclair, Hasani F 6-1 170 02/05/91 Coral Springs, Fla. Coral Springs/ Shultz Academy
Smith, Chris D 5-7 140 04/09/91 Chula Vista, Calif. Arsenal
Snyder, Cody M/F 5-7 135 06/04/92 Pasco, Wash. Crossfire Premiere Academy
Speas, Ben F 5-7 155 01/17/91 Stow, Ohio Everest FC
Sundly, Alec M/F 5-10 125 07/08/92 Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. Irvine Strikers
Tamayo, Jose M 5-11 160 08/31/91 La Puente, Calif Irvine Strikers
Torres, Paul M 5-9 135 10/22/91 Bethesda, Md. DC United
Valentin, Zarek D 5-9 145 08/06/91 Lancaster, Pa. IMG Soccer Academy
Veeder, Kory M 5-11 150 10/03/91 St. Petersburg, Fla. Clearwater Chargers
Walsh, Parker M/D 5-9 160 10/30/91 Roanoke, Va. Roanoke Star
White, Norris D 6-1 175 01/01/91 Kensington, Md. DC United
Yepez, Raul M 5-5 120 09/14/91 Oxnard, Calif. OYSA Waves
Yin, Nick D 6-0 150 02/03/92 Bethesda, Md. DC United
Zamora, Cesar M 5-11 150 05/27/91 Sylmar, Calif. Chivas USA

Under-18 National Team Staff
Head Coach: Bob Jenkins Peru, Vt.
Assistant Coach: Eric Yamamoto Santa Clara, Calif.
Assistant Coach: Charlie Inverso Robbinsville, N.J.
Assistant Coach: Cam Rast San Jose, Calif.
Assistant Coach: Alfonso Mondelo Franklin Square, N.Y.
Assistant Coach: George Gelnovatch Earlysville, Va.
Assistant Coach: Gerry McKeown Summit, N.J.
Assistant Coach: Eric Dade Birmingham, Ala.
Assistant Coach: Alberto Bru North Hollywood, Calif.
Assistant Coach: Victor Pastora Miami, Fla.
Assistant Coach: Jeff Baicher Campbell, Calif.
Team Coordinator: Jon Fleishman Pittsburgh, Pa.
Team Coordinator: Rachel Grushkin Eugene, Ore.
Team Coordinator: Laurel O'Neal Atlanta, Ga.
Athletic Trainer: Matt Zalewski Homewood, Ill.
Athletic Trainer: Ryan Nachit  St. Petersburg, Fla.
Equipment Coordinator: Thomas Staevski Carson, Calif.
Equipment Coordinator: Ryan Sutton Kansas City, Mo.
Equipment Coordinator: Joe Dessert Kansas City, Mo.
Equipment Coordinator: Rigoberto Cuevas Sacramento, Calif.
Equipment Coordinator: Paul Tate Austin, Tex.

Under-18 Men’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS: Rafael Diaz (Rockaway, N.J.), Jason Dodson (Lake Oswego, Ore.), Preston Langholz (Tulsa, Okla.), Alex Long (Cary, N.C.), Zac MacMath (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Cody Mizell (Woodstock, Ga.), Marc Pais (Frontenac, Mo.), David Sarabia (Miami, Fla.)
DEFENDERS: Gale Agbossoumonde (Syracuse, N.Y.), Colin Anderson (Tucson, Ariz.), Chad Barson (Lewis Center, Ohio), Nick Bibbs (Ardmore, Pa.), Steven Birnbaum (Irvine, Calif.), Paolo Del Piccolo (Lakewood, Colo.), Jose Diaz (Fontana, Calif.), Kevin Garcia (Flushing, N.Y.), Eric Martinez (Fort Mill, S.C.), Patrick Matchett (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), Nick Millington (Raleigh, N.C.), Aubrey Perry (Ocoee, Fla.), Andrew Quintana (Miami, Fla.), Jossimar Sanchez (Patterson, N.J.), Kofi Sarkodie (Huber Heights, Ohio), Andrew Savage (Eagle, Idaho), Chris Smith (Chula Vista, Calif.), Zarek Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.), Norris White (Kensington, Md.), Nick Yin (Bethesda, Md.)
MIDFIELDERS: Kwese Alleyne (Miramar, Fla.), Jon Aguirre (Madison, N.J.), John Brown (Clinton, Miss.), Scott Caldwell (Braintree, Mass.), Pablo Cruz (Azusa, Calif.), Kareem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y.), Brian Dominguez (Atlanta, Ga.), Eddie Gonzales (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Jesus Landeros (Oxnard, Calif.), James Nealis (Massapequa, N.Y,), Amobi Okugo (Sacramento, Calif.), Christopher Ortega (Chula Vista, Calif.), Tanner Petrick (Carolton, Tex.), Harrison Petts (Zionsville, Ind.), Christian Ramos (Miami, Fla.), Mike Roman (Oxnard, Calif.), Nicholas Ryan (San Jose, Calif.), Anthony Salciccia (San Jose, Calif.), Steve Saballos (Miami, Fla.), Cody Snyder (Pasco, Wash.), Alec Sundly (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), Jose Tamayo (La Puente, Calif.), Paul Torres (Bethesda, Md.), Korey Veeder (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Parker Walsh (Roanoke, Va.), Raul Yepez (Oxnard, Calif.), Cesar Zamora (Sylmar, Calif.)
FORWARDS: Dersu Abolfathi (Irvine, Calif.), Rodney Ahkeel (Elmont, N.Y.), Akinsanya Adedoja (Sacramento, Calif.), Jose Altimarino (San Diego, Calif.), Eder Arreola (Chino Hills, Calif.), Will Bates (Chester, Va.), Tristan Bowen (Van Nuys, Calif.), John Chavez (Tulsa, Okla.), Ryan Finley (Lumberton, N.J.), Josh Gatt (Plymouth, Mich.), Adam Jahn (El Macero, Calif.), Andrew Lubahn (Erie, Pa.), Zach Portillos (Aurora, Colo.), Christian Quevedo (Smithtown, N.Y.), Kelyn Rowe (Federal Way, Wash.), Hasani Sinclair (Coral Springs, Fla.), Ben Speas (Stow, Ohio)

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