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U.S. U-18 MNT Roster Set for Training Camp in Phoenix


CHICAGO (Feb. 8, 2011) – The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team roster has been set for a training camp to be held from Feb. 12-20, in Phoenix, Ariz. Head coach Mike Matkovich has called in 36 players, including 26 current Development Academy players and four Development Academy alumni.

The U.S. will play friendlies against teams from Major League Soccer that are in the midst of preseason training in Phoenix. Matkovich’s squad has scrimmages set up against Sporting Kansas City and Colorado Rapids on Feb. 15 and Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers four days later.

It will be the first training camp of 2011 for the U-18 MNT, which is made up of players born in 1993. There are 15 players that return from the team’s most recent camp, a four-team international tournament in Tel Aviv, Israel, including midfielder Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler, who scored the lone goal in the team’s three games.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jeff Gal (Sockers FC; Bartlett, Ill.), Jesus Guzman (San Jose Earthquakes Academy; San Jose, Calif.), Andrew Wolverton (Concorde Fire; Snellville, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (11): Michael Ambrose (FC Dallas Juniors; Frisco, Texas), Alec Cochran (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; Ballwin, Mo.), Jack Coleman (FC Dallas Juniors; Norman, Okla.), Dakota Edwards (Albertson SC; Sayville, N.Y.), Nat Eggleston (DC United Academy; Chevy Chase, Md.), Jordan McCrary (North Carolina; Marietta, Ga.), Pablo Ocegueda (UANL Tigres; Riverside Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (FC Dallas Juniors; Edmund, Okla.), Timothy Parker (Albertson SC; Hicksville, N.Y.), James Petruccelli (Seacoast United; Brentwood, N.H.), Walker Zimmerman (GSA; Lawrenceville, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (17): Stefano Bonomo (De Anza Force; Hillsborough, Calif.), Robert Botchway (Concorde Fire; Dacula, Ga.), Seth Casiple (CDA; Sacramento, Calif.), Darvin Ebanks (GSA; Macon, Ga.), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Tomas Granitto (Weston FC; Weston, Fla.), Aaron Kovar (Seattle Sounders Academy; Seattle, Wash.), Miguel Lopez Jr. (Classics Elite; Alton, Texas), Daniel Metzger (NY Red Bulls Academy; Holmdel, N.J.), Eric Miller (Creighton University; Woodbury, Minn.), Steve Palacios (United Football Club; Santa Ana, Calif.), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bollingbrook, Ill.), Marcus Salandy-Defour (DC United Academy; Kensington, Md.), Khiry Shelton (Lonestar SC; Leander, Texas), Christopher Somerville (Baltimore Bays Chelsea; West Chester, Pa.), Will Trapp (Crew Soccer Academy; Gahanna, Ohio), Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler (CASL Chelsea FC; Cary, N.C.)
FORWARDS (5): Villyan Bijev (California Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Vince Cicciarelli (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro; Peoria, Ill.), Robert Kristo (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; Maryland Heights, Mo.), Luis Rendon (FC Richmond Magic; Chesterfield, Va.), Jonathan Top (FC Dallas; Fort Worth, Texas)

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