Rongen led the Under-20 team in their exciting quarterfinal run in 2007 World Cup in Canada. He was also at the helm in the 2003 tournament where the U.S. finished in fifth place.
“I am excited to be continuing with the Under-20 team,” said Rongen. “I want to thank the Federation for the opportunity to build on the success we have had in the past few years, and I look forward to moving on with the promising young players who will be working toward the 2009 U-20 World Cup.”
As part of early preparations for the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Egypt, Rongen is currently leading an 18-player roster made up of players born in 1990 and 1991 to the Limoges Tournament in Limoges, France.
The team was forced to push back their travel by one day due to a strike by cabin crew members of Air France. The team was scheduled to leave on Saturday, but alternate flights were made for Sunday. Under the circumstances, the USA’s game against France, scheduled for Monday night, has been pushed back to Tuesday, Oct. 30 in Limoges. The game against France will be the opening match of the Limoges Tournament, where the U.S. will also take on Turkey on Oct. 31 and Scotland on Nov. 3.
The squad includes 11 players who were a part of the recent FIFA Under-17 World Cup in South Korea, where the U.S. advanced to the Round of 16. Mykell Bates, the team’s leading scorer in South Korea, will headline the team along with goalkeeper Josh Lambo, who recorded a shutout against Belgium to help the team advance through the group stage.
Also on the roster are four players who are a part of U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy program, with two representatives each from Chivas USA (Omar Elmasri and Mario Ledezma) and D.C. United (Shane Cooke and Chris Hegngi).
The team will train in Limoges, and play three games against international opponents. On Oct. 29, the U.S. will take on France, and two days later face Turkey before rounding out the tournament on Nov. 3 against Scotland.
U.S. U-18 MNT Schedule
Oct. 30 France
Oct. 31 Turkey
Nov. 3 Scotland
U.S. U-18 MNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Josh Lambo (Middleton, Wisc.), Zac MacMath (St. Petersburg, Fla.);
DEFENDERS (5): Mykell Bates (Roseville, Calif.), Omar Elmasri (Arcida, Calif.), Nick Millington (Raleigh, N.C.), Sheanon Williams (Boston, Mass.), Brandon Zimmerman (Pasco, Wash.);
MIDFIELDERS (6): Bryan Dominguez (Atlanta, Ga.), Shane Cooke (Warrenton, Va.), Greg Garza (Grapevine, Texas), Jared Jeffrey (Dallas, Texas), Brek Shea (College Station, Texas), Daniel Wenzel (Federal Way, Wash.);
FORWARDS (5): Chris Agorsor (Severn, Md.), Chris Hegngi (Silver Spring, Md.), Mario Ledezma (Sylmar, Calif.), Alex Nimo (Portland, Ore.), Billy Schuler (Allentown, N.J.)