U.S. U-20 MNT Head Coach Thomas Rongen Names 20 Players to Dallas Cup Roster
U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has announced a 20-player team that will compete in the upcoming Dallas Cup. The group will come together on March 25 in Dallas, and will serve as the tournament’s opening game when facing Mexico on Sunday, March 28, in the stadium at Pizza Hut Park at 7 p.m. CT.
As part of the Super Group, Rongen’s squad will also face the Vancouver Whitecaps on March 29 at 2:30 p.m. CT and Eintrecht Frankfurt inside the stadium on March 31 at 6:30 p.m. CT. Tickets for all of the games can be purchased at dallascup.com.
The top finisher in each group will compete in the semifinals on April 2, with the final held on April 4.
Joining the U.S. in Dallas will be a mix of youth national team veterans and newcomers, which include youth players, newly signed Francisco Navas Cobo from the Houston Dynamo and Tigres' Moises Orozco.
Zac MacMath and Kofi Sarkodie, who were teammates at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, while Will Packwood, Tyler Polak and Jared Watts played in the 2009 edition of the tournament. Dillon Powers and Amobi Okugo were part of the previous U-20 cycle, with Powers featuring for the U.S. at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup and Okugo part of the 2009 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
U.S. U-20 MNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Justin Luthy (Boston College; Dublin, Ohio), Zac MacMath (Maryland; St. Petersburg, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Chad Barson (Akron; Lewis Center, Ohio), Jesus Gonzalez (CZ Elite; Burbank, Calif.), Ian Hines-Ike (Chivas USA Academy; Littleton, Colo.), Tyler Polak (CSA Legacy; Lincoln, Neb.), Kofi Sarkodie (Akron; Huber Heights, Ohio), Zarek Valentin (Akron; Lancaster, Pa.), Jared Watts (Wake Forest; Statesville, N.C.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Jose Altamirano (San Diego State; San Diego, Calif.), Bryan De La Fuente (Chivas USA Academy; Bell, Calif.), Ruben Gonzalez (Chivas USA; Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Will Packwood (Birmingham City; Concord, Mass.), Dillon Powers (Notre Dame; Plano, Texas), Cesar Zamora (Chivas USA; Sylmar, Calif.)
FORWARDS (4): Will Bates (Virginia; Chester, Va.), Ryan Finley (Duke; Lumberton, N.J.), Francisco Navas Cobo (Houston Dynamo; Richmond, Texas), Moises Orozco (Tigres; Oxnard, Calif.)