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U-20 MNT Set for Trip to Campos Verde International Tournament in Portugal

CHICAGO (April 7, 2008) -- The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team will travel to Beja, Portugal for the Campos Verdes International Tournament from April 13-19, where they will play three international games in a round-robin tournament.

The U.S. will train for two days in Beja, leading up to its game against the Cape Verde Islands on April 15, Northern Ireland on April 16 and Portugal on April 18.

The roster includes five players who play professionally in Europe, with Germany’s Hertha Berlin sending three players in Bryan Arguez, Ellis McLoughlin and Alfredo Morales. New Jersey native Vincenzo Bernardo plies his trade for SSC Napoli (Italy).  Jared Jeffrey, who recently signed with Club Brugge in Belgium, rounds out the professional European contingent, while Norwegian-based midfielder Mikkel Diskerud plays in the Stabak youth system.

Four players come from U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams from across the country. Defenders Gale Agbossoumonde and Tommy Meyer play for IMG Academy and Scott Gallagher, respectively. Goalkeeper Bill Hamid has joined DC United’s Academy campaign and midfielder Andrew Wegner comes from the PA Classics. Additionally, goalkeeper Zac MacMath is currently part of the Under-17 Men’s National Team Residency program, which is also part of the Academy, and will graduate in May.

Residency products Brendan King, Peri Marosevic and Daniel Wenzel join the U-20s from the college ranks, along with the University of San Francisco’s Victor Cortez.

Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown Club
Agbossoumonde, Gale D 6-2 185 11/17/91 Syracuse, N.Y. IMG Academy
Arguez, Bryan M 6-2 175 01/13/89 Miami, Fla. Hertha Berlin (Germany)
Bernardo, Vincenzo F 5-6 145 05/22/90 Madison, N.J. SSC Napoli (Italy)
Cortez, Victor D 5-8 160 01/01/89 El Sobrante, Calif. University of San Francisco
Diskerud, Mikkel M 6-0 150 10/02/90 Oslo, Norway Stabak (Norway)
Flores, Jorge M 5-11 150 09/16/89 Anaheim, Calif. Chivas USA (MLS)
Hamid, Bill GK 6-3 225 11/25/90 Annandale, Va. DC United
Ibrahim, Abdusalam M 6-0 155 08/15/91 Richfield, Minn. FC Dallas (MLS)
Jeffrey, Jared M 5-10 160 06/14/90 Richardson, Texas Club Brugge (Belgium)
King, Brendan M 6-0 160 02/25/90 Naperville, Ill. Notre Dame
MacMath, Zac GK 6-1 170 08/07/91 St. Petersburg, Fla. Clearwater Chargers
Marosevic, Peri F 5-9 160 05/05/89 Rockford, Ill. University of Michigan
Mayen, Gerson M 5-8 150 02/09/89 Los Angeles, Calif. Chivas USA (MLS)
McLoughlin, Ellis F 5-10 170 07/08/90 Seattle, Wash. Hertha Berlin (Germany)
Meyer, Tommy D 6-2 175 03/20/90 St. Louis, Mo. Scott Gallagher
Morales, Alfredo D 6-0 160 05/12/90 Berlin, Germany Hertha Berlin (Germany)
Nimo, Alex F 5-6 140 03/21/90 Portland, Ore. Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Shea, Brek D 6-3 180 02/28/90 College Station, Texas FC Dallas (MLS)
Wallace, Anthony D 5-11 165 01/26/89 St. Petersburg, Fla. FC Dallas (MLS)
Wenger, Andrew M 6-0 170 12/25/90 Lititz, Pa. PA Classics
Wenzel, Daniel D 5-11 165 04/13/90 Federal Way, Wash. Wake Forest University

U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (DC United), Zac MacMath (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Gale Agbossoumonde (IMG Academy), Victor Cortez (University of San Francisco), Tommy Meyer (St. Louis, Mo.), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Anthony Wallace (FC Dallas), Daniel Wenzel (Wake Forest)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Bryan Arguez (Hertha Berlin), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabak), Jorge Flores (Chivas USA), Abdusalam Ibrahim (FC Dallas), Jared Jeffrey (Club Brugge), Brendan King (Notre Dame), Gerson Mayen (Chivas USA), Andrew Wegner (Lititz, Pa.)
FORWARDS (4): Vincenzo Bernardo (SSC Napoli), Peri Marosevic (University of Michigan), Ellis McLoughlin (Hertha Berlin), Alex Nimo (Real Salt Lake)


U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team Staff
Head Coach: Thomas Rongen                             Stuart, Fla.
Asst. Coach: Dave Dir                                              Dallas, Texas
Asst. Coach:  Marcelo Balboa                                Superior, Colo.
Goalkeeper Coach: Tim Mulqueen                       Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Team Coordinator: Jon Fleishman                       Pittsburgh, Pa.
Equipment Coordinator:                                          Rigoberto Cuevas
Team Doctor: Mel Hayashi                                     Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Athletic Trainer: John Dunham                              Lawrenceville, Ga.