CHICAGO (April 16, 2008) -- U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team head coach Bob Jenkins has called 24 players into a week-long training camp in Somerset, N.J. from April 19-26.
Most of the 24 players were born in 1991, with Madison, N.J. native Jon Aguirre and Tucson's Donny Toia the only representatives from the 1992 birth year. Five players who are graduating in May - Eder Arreola, Scott Caldwell, Bryan Dominguez, Aubrey Perry, Kofi Sarkodie - will join the camp from U.S. Soccer's Under-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla.
Of the remaining players, 12 are part of U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs, including Kellyn Rowe and Dilon Saffle who both represent Crossfire Premier. Aguirre is one of three players from PDA along with Hunter Gorskie and Dyland Renna.
The squad will play three scrimmages throughout the week against St. John's University and local Development Academy club PDA.
The U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team was created to aid in the transition for younger players between the Under-17 Men’s National Team and the Under-20 side. The Under-18 age group is for players born in the odd-numbered years, who fall in a gap between the Under-17 and the Under-20 age groups.
|Abolfathi, Dersu||F||5-10||160||02/24/91||Irvine, Calif.||Pateadores
|Aguirre, Jon||M||6-0||175||01/15/92||Madison, N.J.||PDA|
|Arreola, Eder||F/M||5-6||135||11/13/91||Chino Hills, Calif.||Pateadores|
|Barson, Chad||D||5-9||160||02/25/91||Lewis Center, Ohio||Columbus Crew|
|Bowen, Tristan||F/M||5-11||165||01/30/91||Los Angeles, Calif.|| LA Galaxy
|Caldwell, Scott||M||5-7||130||03/15/91||Braintree, Mass.||United Blazers|
|Diaz, Jose||D||5-8||140||01/25/91||Fontana, Calif.||Chivas USA|
|Dominguez, Bryan||M||5-4||145||03/07/91||Atlanta, Ga.||Concorde Fire|
|Fitzpatrick, John||F||6-0||185||01/03/91||Encitas, Calif.||San Diego Surf|
|Gorskie, Hunter||D||5-11||155||06/27/91||Marlboro, N.J.||PDA|
|Jahn, Adam||F||5-4||147||05/02/91||El Macero, Calif.||Davis Legacy|
|Mizell, Cody||GK||6-0||180||09/30/91||Woodstock, Ga.||GSA Phoenix|
|Okugo, Amobi||M||6-0||170||03/13/91||Sacramento, Calif.||San Juan Lightning Crew|
|Ortega, Christopher||M||6-0||150||02/05/91||Chula Vista, Calif.||Arsenal FC (Calif.)|
|Palumbo, Steven||M||5-4||140||05/02/91||Kingston, N.H.||Seacoast United|
|Perry, Aubrey||D||5-9||150||01/20/91||Ocoee, Fla.||Orlando FC
|Petts, Harrison||D||5-10||155||10/25/91||Zionsville, Ind.||Carmel United|
|Renna, Dyland||F||6-2||185||08/05/91||West Milford, N.J.||PDA Larsson|
|Rowe, Kelyn||F/M||5-8||140||12/02/91||Federal Way, Wash.||Crossfire Premier|
|Saffle, Dilon||GK||6-2||185||03/01/91||Sammamish, Wash.||Crossfire Premier|
|Sarkodie, Kofi||D||5-7||155||03/22/91||Huber Heights, Ohio||Ohio FC Mutiny|
|Speas, Ben||F||5-7||155||01/17/91||Stow, Ohio||Columbus Crew
|Toia, Donny||F||5-8||145||05/28/92||Tucson, Ariz.||Tuscon Soccer Academy|
|White, Norris||D||6-0||175||01/01/91||Kensington, Md.||D.C. United|
Under-18 Men' s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS: Dillon Saffle (Sammamish, Wash.), Cody Mizell (Woodstock, Ga.)
DEFENDERS: Chad Barson (Lewis Center, Ohio), Jose Diaz (Fontana, Calif.), Aubrey Perry (Ocoee, Fla.), Kofi Sarkodie (Huber Heights, Ohio), Korey Veeder (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Norris White (Kensington, Md.)
MIDFIELDERS: Jon Aguirre (Madison, N.J.), Scott Caldwell (Braintree, Mass.), Hunter Gorskie (Marlboro, N.J.), Amobi Okugo (Sacramento, Calif.), Christopher Ortega (Chula Vista, Calif.), Harrison Petts (Zionsville, Ind.)
FORWARDS: Dersu Abolfathi (Irvine, Calif.), Eder Arreola (Chino Hills, Calif.), Tristan Bowen (Los Angeles, Calif.), John Fitzpatrick (Encitas, Calif.), Adam Jahn (El Macero, Calif.), Steven Palumbo (Kingston, N.H.), Dyland Renna (West Milford, N.J.), Kellyn Rose (Federal Way, Wash.), Ben Speas (Stow, Ohio), Donny Toia (Tucson, Ariz.)
Under-18 Men's National Team Staff
Head Coach: Bob Jenkins Peru, Vt.
Assistant Coach: Eric Yamamoto Santa Clara, Calif.
Assistant Coach: Dave Masur Queens, N.Y.
Athletic Trainer: Antonio Gudino Albuquerque, N.M.
Equipment Coordinator: Francis Pyle Seattle, Wash.
Team Coordinator: David Galvez Tracy, Calif.