Rongen Names 20-Player Roster for U-20s Two-Game Series Against Canada
CHICAGO (June 30, 2006) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen announced the 20-player roster for the two-game series against the Canada U-20 Men’s National Team next week in Toronto and Ontario, Canada.
The U.S. U-20s will travel to Canada in July to face their northern rivals twice during a weeklong training camp. The U.S. will arrive on July 3 and face the Canadian U-20 Men’s National Team on July 7 in Toronto at Rogers Centre (formerly SkyDome) in Toronto at 7 p.m. ET.
Two days later, on July 9, the teams will battle once again, this time in Richardson Stadium at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, at 7 p.m. ET.
Tickets for both matches can be purchased here.
Rongen has called in eight professional players, all of which ply their trade in Major League Soccer. A total of five MLS teams are represented, with three teams – Los Angeles Galaxy, Chivas USA and FC Dallas – each providing two players. Quavas Kirk and Nathan Sturgis (Los Angeles Galaxy), Rodrigo Lopez and Estuardo Sanchez (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty and Blake Wagner (FC Dallas) and Josmer Altidore (N.Y. Red Bulls) were all part of the U-20s last camp in Argentina. Tim Ward (Columbus Crew) will be joining the U-20s for the first time in 2006 after being named to the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship roster before getting injured and not getting the chance to compete in Holland.
High school and college players round out the rest of the squad.
Overall, the U.S. has beaten Canada by one goal in each of their last four meetings since 2003. The last meeting between the two CONCACAF rivals took place last year in Blaine, Minn., ahead of the FIFA U-20 World Championship in Holland. The U.S. fell behind early after a goal from Will Johnson, but bounced back with goals from Eddie Gaven and Freddy Adu to pull out a 2-1 victory.
The U.S. is coming off a successful 10-day training camp in Argentina this past April where they went 1-1-1 during the trip. The U.S. drew, 2-2, against Arsenal de Sarandi U-20 in their first match on April 22, getting goals from Preston Zimmerman and Dax McCarty. Two days later, the U-20s defeated River Plate U-20, 1-0, on a goal by forward David Arvizu. In their first international match of the year on April 26, the U.S. fell to Argentina, 4-0.
Canada just wrapped up a three-game, tri-city series against the Brazil U-20 Men’s National Team. Canada defeated Brazil, 2-1, in the series opener in Edmonton, before losing the next two in Victoria and Vancouver by the same 3-1 score line.
Canada will host the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup from June 30-July 22 (tentative dates) across six cities – Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Burnaby, and Victoria. The biennial event is second only to the FIFA World Cup in size and scope and will showcase the most talented youth soccer players in the world.
GOALKEEPERS (2): Mike Gustavson (University of South Carolina), Marcus Rein (University of Central Florida)
DEFENDERS (7): Tony Beltran (UCLA), Kyle Davies (Pleasanton, Calif.), Amaechi Igwe (Santa Clara University), Nathan Sturgis (L.A. Galaxy), Julian Valentin (Wake Forest), Blake Wagner (FC Dallas), Tim Ward (Columbus Crew)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Bryan Arguez (Miami, Fla.), Corben Bone (Plano, Texas), Cameron Brown (Garland, Texas), Rodrigo Lopez (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Brad Ring (Indiana University), Robbie Rogers (University of Maryland)
FORWARDS (4): Josmer Altidore (N.Y. Red Bulls), Omar Gonzalez (University of Maryland), Kirk Quavas (L.A. Galaxy), Estuardo Sanchez (Chivas USA).