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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.

Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown Club
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.
North Carolina
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
Valleja, Calif.
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.