Under-20 Men's National Team Gears Up for Training Camp in Manchester, England
CHICAGO (April 25, 2008) -- U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has named 18 players who will travel to Manchester, England for a week-long foreign training camp. The team will play three friendlies against the reserve teams from EPL squads Bolton (May 7), Manchester United (May 8) and Liverpool (May 10).
The trip is the third foreign training camp, and fifth overall, for Rongen's squad as they prepare to qualify for the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Egypt. Qualifying will take place early next year.
Returning to Rongen's squad for the first time since the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup is goalkeeper Brian Perk, who made seven saves in the USA's Round of 16 victory over Uruguay in last summer's tournament in Canada. Joining him will be veterans of the Under-17 World Cup in Billy Schuler and Sheanon Williams, who are both finishing up their first semester at the University of North Carolina.
Though Chivas USA's Jorge Flores is the only domestic professional player on the roster, goalkeeper Bill Hamid and midfielder Matt Kassel are part of the Development Academy programs of the D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls, respectively. Real Colorado's Taylor Kemp and IMG Academy's Zarek Valentin round out the Academy contingent.
|Agorsor, Chris||F||5-7||140||09/01/90||Severn, Md.||Baltimore Bays|
|Altamirano, Jose||M||5-4||125||07/17/91||San Diego, Calif.||Del Mar Sharks|
|Balchan, Richard||M/D||6-0||165||01/18/89||Carmel, Ind.||Indiana University|
|Davies, Kyle||D||5-10||160||04/11/89||Danville, Calif.||Southampton FC (England)|
|Eckhardt, Greg||D||6-0||175||01/07/89||Orange Park, Fla.||Clemson University|
|Flores, Jorge||M||5-11||150||09/16/89||Anaheim, Calif.||Chivas USA (MLS)|
|Garcia, Felix||F||6-1||160||07/30/90||Laredo, Texas||Laredo Heat|
|Hamid, Bill||GK||6-3||225||11/25/90||Annandale, Va.||DC United Academy
|Kassel, Matt||M||5-11||160||05/05/89||Bridgewater, N.J.||New York Red Bulls Academy
|Kemp, Taylor||D||5-10||145||07/23/90||Highlands Ranch, Colo.||Real Colorado|
|Markheim, Derek||M||5-7||150||04/16/90||Woodbridge, Va.||Amiens FC (France)|
|Marosevic, Peri||F||5-9||160||05/05/89||Rockford, Ill.||University of Michigan|
|Morales, Alfredo||M||6-0||160||05/12/90||Berlin, Germany||Hertha Berlin (Germany)|
|Opara, Ike||D||6-2||170||02/21/89||Durham, N.C.||Wake Forest University|
|Perk, Brian||GK||5-11||180||07/21/89||Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.||UCLA|
|Schuler, Billy||F||5-11||155||04/27/90||Allentown, N.J.
|Valentin, Zarek||D||5-9||145||08/06/91||Lancaster, Pa.||IMG Academy|
|Williams, Sheanon||D||5-11||165||03/17/90||Boston, Mass.||North Carolina|
Under-20 Men's National Team Staff:
|Head Coach:||Thomas Rongen||Sewalls Point, Fla.|
|Asst. Coach:||Dave Dir||Dallas, Texas|
|Asst. Coach:||Hugo Perez
|Goalkeeper Coach:||Russell Payne||Washington, D.C.|
|Team Coordinator:||Jon Fleishman||Pittsburgh, Pa.|
|Equipment Coordinator:||Gabe Vogler||Shoreview, Minn.|
|Team Doctor:||Chris Mahr||Chicago, Ill.|
|Athletic Trainer:||Jim Bollinger||Prospect Park, Pa.|