Rongen Finalizes U-20 MNT Roster for Copa Chivas Tournament
CHICAGO (Jan. 18, 2010) -- U.S. U-20 head coach Thomas Rongen has finalized a 20-player roster that will travel to Guadalajara, Mexico, to compete in the 2010 Copa Chivas tournament. The team will play first round games in Group B of the tournament with Brazil, and clubs from Atlas, Pachuca, Saprissa and Tigres. The U.S. will travel to Guadalajara on Jan. 20 and return to their clubs and colleges on Jan. 31.
The roster includes four professionals, including three who were recently chosen by Major League Soccer teams in the recent MLS SuperDraft. Amobi Okugo and Jack McInerney were both first-round picks by the Philadelphia Union, while defender Zac Herold will join third-year pro Fuad Ibrahim in Toronto FC.
Rongen’s two goalkeepers include a pair of FIFA U-17 World Cup veterans in Zac MacMath, who started two games at the 2007 event in Korea Republic, and Earl Edwards, who went the distance in all four games in Nigeria 2009. Edwards, now enrolled at UCLA, will be joined by 10 of his teammates from the 2009 event in Guadalajara, including McInerney and Herold.
Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Earl Edwards (UCLA; San Diego, Calif.), Zac MacMath (Maryland; St. Petersburg, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Michael Ambrose (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Bryan Gallego (NY Red Bulls; Kinnelon, N.J.), Moises Hernandez (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Zach Herold (Toronto FC; Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Akron; Indianapolis, Ind.), Emilio Orozco (Rampage FC; Oxnard, Calif.), Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride; Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Marlon Duran (Latino Americano; Duncanville, Texas), Luis Gil (Pateadores; Garden Grove, Calif.), Fuad Ibrahim (Toronto FC; Richfield, Minn.), Carlos Martinez (Wilmington Jr.; San Pedro, Calif.), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Nick Palodichuk (Washington Premier; Battleground, Wash.)
FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (NY Red Bulls; Barneget, N.J.), Andrew Craven (First Coast Kickers; St. Simon Island, Ga.), Victor Chavez (Real So Cal; Fontana, Calif.), Stefan Jerome (West Pines United FC; Davie, Fla.), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union; Alpharetta, Ga.)