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Roster Named for 2008 Milk Cup in Northern Ireland

CHICAGO (July 21, 2008) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has named 18 players to travel to Northern Ireland for the 2008 Milk Cup, including five players from Major League Soccer and two who play abroad.

Of the 18, 11 players were part of the roster for the team’s most recent match, a border battle with Mexico that the U.S. won, 3-0. Peri Marosevic scored twice in that game while Brandon Manzonelli set up two goals from corner kicks. Goalkeeper Brian Perk and defenders Richard Balchan, Ike Opara, Anthony Wallace and Sheanon Williams led the team to a shut out.

Chivas USA's Jorge Flores will be returning to the U-20 lineup after scoring his first three professional goals in Major League Soccer. Flores was originally named to the roster for the Mexico game, but did not travel after suffering an ankle injury.

Midfielder Michael Green will be joining the team for his first-ever National Team camp, after he was spotted by Rongen at the Development Academy Finals, where he was playing with the Columbus Crew Academy squad that finished in third place.

Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown Club
Balchan, Richard D 6-0 165 01/18/89 Carmel, Ind. Indiana University
Bernardo, Vincenzo F 5-6 145 05/22/90 Madison, N.J. SSC Napoli
Cruz, Daniel M 5-6 145 01/03/90 Glendale, Ariz. UNLV
Davies, Kyle D 5-10 160 04/11/89 Danville, Calif. Southampton (England)
Flores, Jorge M 5-11 150 09/16/89 Anaheim, Calif. Chivas USA (MLS)
Green, Michael M 5-11 175 12/25/89 Strongsville, Ohio Columbus Crew Academy
Lambo, Josh GK 6-0 205 11/19/90 Middleton, Wis. FC Dallas (MLS)
Manzonelli, Brandon M 5-8 165 12/23/89 Hopkinton, Mass. New England Revolution (MLS)
Marosevic, Peri F 5-9 160 05/05/89 Rockford, Ill. Michigan
Okugo, Amobi M 5-11 165 03/13/91 Sacramento, Calif. San Juan Lighning
Opara, Ike D 6-2 170 02/21/89 Durham, N.C. Wake Forest
Perk, Brian GK 5-11 180 07/21/89 Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. UCLA
Shea, Brek M 6-3 180 02/28/90 College Station, Texas FC Dallas (MLS)
Townsend, Casey F 5-11 160 07/07/89 Traverse City, Mich. Maryland
Urso, Kirk M/F 5-11 175 03/06/90 Lombard, Ill. North Carolina
Valentin, Zarek D 5-9 145 08/06/91 Lancaster, Pa. PA Classics
Wallace, Anthony D 5-11 165 01/26/89 St. Petersburg, Fla. FC Dallas (MLS)
Williams, Sheanon D 5-11 165 03/17/90 Boston, Mass. North Carolina

U.S. Under-20 MNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Josh Lambo (FC Dallas), Brian Perk (UCLA)
DEFENDERS (6): Richard Balchan (Indiana University), Kyle Davies (Southampton FC), Ike Opara (Wake Forest), Zarek Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.), Anthony Wallace (FC Dallas), Sheanon Williams (North Carolina)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Daniel Cruz (UNLV), Jorge Flores (Chivas USA), Michael Green (Columbus Crew Academy), Brandon Manzonelli (New England Revolution), Amobi Okugo (Sacramento, Calif.), Brek Shea (FC Dallas)
FORWARDS (4): Vincenzo Bernardo (SSC Napoli), Abdus Ibrahim (Toronto FC), Peri Marosevic (Michigan), Casey Townsend (Maryland)