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Matkovich to Bring 26 Players to The Home Depot Center

CHICAGO (March 25, 2009) -- U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team head coach Mike Matkovich has called 26 players, all born in 1991, to a domestic training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. from April 18-26.

Gale Abossoumonde and Amobi Okugo were both part of the U.S. U-20 MNT that recently qualified for the FIFA U-20 World Cup with a second place finish in the CONCACAF Championship in Trinidad & Tobago. Including that duo, nine players on the roster were part of the U-17 Men's National Team Residency Program, including FIFA U-17 World Cup veterans Gregory Garza and Kofi Sarkodie. Garza, currently part of Sporting Lisbon's youth system, is also the only European-based player on the roster.

Matkovich's group includes 17 players who are currently part of U.S. Soccer's Development Academy, representing 15 different clubs. Arsenal F.C. and the Columbus Crew are the only two clubs to send more than one player with Dion Acoff and Miles Byass and Chad Barson and Ben Speas, respectively.

Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown College/Club
Acoff, Dion F 5-9 145 09/23/91 Upland, Calif. Arsenal FC
Agbossoumonde, Gale D 6-2 185 11/17/91 Syracuse, N.Y. unattached
Altamirano, Jose M 5-8 140 07/17/91 San Diego, Calif. Del Mar Sharks
Barson, Chad D 5-9 160 02/25/91 Lewis Center, Ohio Columbus Crew Juniors
Bates, Will F 6-0 185 04/01/91 Chester, Va. Richmond Strikers
Beard, Josh F 5-9 155 05/23/91 Schaumburg, Ill. Sockers FC
Birnbaum, Steven M 6-2 180 01/23/91 Irvine, Calif. Pateadores
Byass, Miles F 5-9 150 12/13/91 San Bernardino, Calif. Arsenal FC
Caldwell, Scott F 5-8 135 03/15/91 Braintree, Mass. University of Akron
Carby, Leon M 5-10 155 04/25/91 West Hartford, Conn. Oakwood SC
Doue, Peabo D 5-10 160 12/28/91 Germantown, Md. D.C. United Academy
Garza, Gregory D 5-7 150 08/16/91 Grapevine, Texas Sporting CP (Portugal)
Jahn, Adam M 6-2 190 01/05/91 El Macero, Calif. San Juan Lightning Crew
Long, Alex GK 6-2 190 08/22/91 Cary, N.C. CASL Chelsea FC Academy
MacMath, Zachary GK 6-1 175 08/07/91 St. Petersburg, Fla. University of Maryland
Millington, Nicholas M 5-8 180 08/09/91 Raleigh, N.C. Wake Forest University
Okugo, Amboi M 6-0 170 03/13/91 Sacramento, Calif. San Juan Lightning Crew
Powers, Dillon M 5-11 175 02/14/91 Plano, Texas Andromeda
Sanchez, Jossimar M 5-9 165 09/04/91 Rocky River, Ohio PDA
Salciccia, Anthony M 5-8 145 01/19/91 San Jose, Calif. De Anza Force
Sarkodie, Kofi D 5-7 155 03/22/91 Huber Heights, Ohio University of Akron
Sinclair, Hasani F 6-1 175 02/05/91 Coral Springs, Fla. Schulz Academy
Speas, Ben M 5-8 165 01/17/91 Akron, Ohio Columbus Crew Juniors
Valentin, Zarek D 5-11 155 08/06/91 Lancaster, Pa. PA Classics
Watson, Justin F 5-7 175 06/06/91 Myrtle Beach, S.C. Bridge FA
Woodberry, London M 6-1 165 05/28/91 McKinney, Texas FC Dallas Juniors

GOALKEEPERS (2): Alex Long (CASL Chelsea FC Academy; Cary, N.C.), Zachary MacMath (Maryland; St. Petersburg, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (6): Gale Agbossoumonde (unattached; Syracuse, N.Y.), Chad Barson (Columbus Crew Juniors; Lewis Center, Ohio), Peabo Doue (D.C. United Academy; Germantown, Md.), Gregory Garza (Sporting CP; Grapevine, Texas), Kofi Sarkodie (Akron; Huber Heights, Ohio), Zarek Valentin (PA Classics; Lancaster, Pa.);
MIDFIELDERS (11): Jose Altamirano (Del Mar Sharks; San Diego, Calif.), Steven Birnbaum (Pateadores; Irvine, Calif.), Leon Carby (Oakwood SC; West Hartford, CT), Adam Jahn (San Juan Lightning Crew; El Macero, Calif.), Nicholas Millington (Wake Forest; Raleigh, N.C.), Amobi Okugo (San Juan Lightning Crew; Sacramento, Calif.), Dillon Powers (Andromeda; Plano, Texas), Jossimar Sanchez (PDA; Rocky River, Ohio), Anthony Salciccia (De Anza Force; San Jose, Calif.), Ben Speas (Columbus Crew Juniors; Akron, Ohio), London Woodberry (FC Dallas Juniors; McKinney, Texas)
FORWARDS (7): Dion Acoff (Arsenal FC; Upland, Calif.), Will Bates (Richmond Strikers; Chester, Va.), Josh Beard (Sockers FC; Schaumburg, Ill.), Miles Byass (Arsenal F.C.; San Bernardino, Calif.), Scott Caldwell (Akron; Braintree, Md.), Hasani Sinclair (Schulz Academy; Coral Springs, Fla.), Justin Watson (Bridge FA; Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

National Team Staff
Head Coach: Mike Matkovich (Chicago, Ill.)
Assistant Coach: Eric Yamamoto (San Jose, Calif.)
Assistant Coach: Jay Vidovich (Winston Salem, N.C.)
Assistant Coach: Tim Regan (Raleigh, N.C.)
Athletic Trainer: Heather Schmidt (Atlanta, Ga.)
Equipment Coordinator: Beto Cuevas (Redondo Beach, Calif.)
Team Coordinator: Whitney Stipetich (Columbus, Ohio)