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Under-18 MNT Head Coach Bob Jenkins to Hold 24-Player Camp in New Jersey

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.


Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Hometown Club
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
: Dillon Saffle (Sammamish, Wash.), Cody Mizell (Woodstock, Ga.)
: 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.)
: 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.