The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team Convenes for First Camp of Year in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
CHICAGO (Jan. 2, 2012) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will kick off the new year with a 36-player training camp in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The camp will be held from Jan. 2-9.
Head Coach Tab Ramos will lead the team in its first camp since joining the Under-23 Men’s National Team in Duisberg, Germany, in November, where the team trained for 10 days and played two scrimmages at the Sportschule Wedau.
Six players will return to Ramos’s side from the Germany camp: Sean Cunningham, Luis Gil, Tyrone McCargo, Omar Salgado, Caleb Stanko and Jose Villarreal.
Fourteen of the men play professionally. Cunningham led his team to its first ever Norwegian Premier League championship, Gil, Jack McBean, Salgado and Villarreal play in the MLS, and Villyan Bijev, McCargo and Stanko play in the German Bundesliga. Hector Delgado Cha, Daniel Cuevas Granados, Jesus Guzman, Uvaldo Luna Martinez, Daniel Medina Meza and Juan Pablo Ocegueda all represent the Mexican Primera Division. The roster also features nine current Development Academy players, 17 Academy alumni and 15 college players.
Ramos is preparing the squad for the 2013 FIFA Under-20 World Cup qualifying tournament, which will likely begin in early 2013. The World Cup will be held in Turkey in 2013, and every player on the roster is age-eligible for the competition.
Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Jesus Guzman (Santos Laguna; Dallas, Texas), Daniel Medina Meza (UANL Tigres; El Paso, Texas), Tyler Miller (Northwestern; Woodbury, N.J.), Andrew Wolverton (Pennsylvania State; Snellville, Ga.).
DEFENDERS (12): Bolu Akinyonde (Seton Hall; Brooklyn, N.Y.), Mikey Ambrose (FC Dallas Academy; Frisco, Texas), AJ Cochran (Wisconsin; St. Louis, Mo.), Sean Cunningham (Molde FK; Troy, Mich.), Phanuel Kavita (Clemson; Salt Lake City, Utah), Eric Miller (Creighton; Woodbury, Minn.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (UANL Tigres; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (North Carolina; Edmund, Okla.), Jalen Robinson (DC United Academy; Cantonsville, Md.), Matt Wendelken (Marist; Massapequa, N.Y.), DeAndre Yedlin (Akron; Seattle, Wash.), Walker Zimmerman (Furman; Lawrenceville, Ga.).
MIDFIELDERS (12): Seth Casiple (California; Rocklin, Calif.), Daniel Cuevas Granados (Santos Laguna; Sacramento, Calif.), Hector Delgado Cha (Club América; Indio, Calif.), Christian Duarte (Texans SC Houston; League City, Texas), Daniel Garcia (FC Dallas Academy; Dallas, Texas), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Flavio Guzman (FC Dallas Academy; Dallas, Texas), Collin Martin (DC United Academy; Chevy Chase, Md.), Tyrone McCargo (FC Nürnberg; Nürnberg, Germany), Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg; Holly, Mich.), Wil Trapp (Akron; Gahanna, Ohio), Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.).
FORWARDS (8): Villyan Bijev (Fortuna Düsseldorf; Fresno, Calif.), Amadou Dia (Clemson; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Alfred Koroma (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Tex.), Duke Lacroix (Pennsylvania; New Egypt, N.J.), Uvaldo Luna Martinez (UANL Tigres; Houston, Texas), Jack McBean (LA Galaxy; Newport Beach, Calif.), Sean Okoli (Wake Forest; Federal Way, Wash.), Omar Salgado (Vancouver Whitecaps; El Paso, Texas).