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U.S. U-18 MNT Departs for Argentina, Chile

The U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team departs for Buenos Aires and Santiago, Chile, on July 21 as head coach Mike Matkovich will bring 18 players to South America. The U.S. will play matches against a regional select team on July 26, Argentina on July 27 and Chile on July 29 in Santiago.

Victor Pineda, who recently helped the Chicago Fire Academy to the U-15/16 Development Academy championship, is part of a strong midfield core that also includes the lone professional player on the roster in Luis Gil of Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake. Defenders Michael Ambrose (FC Dallas) and Jalen Robinson (D.C. United) also took part in the 2010 Finals Week in Carson, Calif. In all, 15 of the 18 players come from Development Academy clubs, including Ryan Herman, who will play for the newly formed Sounders FC Academy in Seattle.

The foreign training camp is only the second for the U-18 MNT in 2010, following a trip to Lisbon, Portugal in May, where the U.S. earned one win and two narrow defeats. Twelve players from the Lisbon Tournament will be traveling to South America, including Brian Gallego, who wore the captain’s armband for the American side.

Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Robert Herman (Sounders FC; Fall City, Wash.), Andrew Wolverton (Concorde Fire; Snellville, Ga.).
DEFENDERS (6): Michael Ambrose (FC Dallas; Frisco, Tex.), Alec Cochran (SLSC; St. Louis, Mo.), Bryan Gallego (NY Red Bulls; Kinnelon, N.J.), Jordan McCrary (Concorde Fire; Marietta, Ga.), Boyd Okwuonu (FC Dallas; Edmund, Okla), Jalen Robinson (DC United; Cantonsville, Md.).
MIDFIELDERS (7); Sean Davis (NY Red Bulls; Holmdel, N.J.), Amadou Dia (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Daniel Garcia (FC Dallas; Dallas, Tex.), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Miguel Lopez Jr. (Lonestar Aztex; Alton, Tex.), Daniel Metzger (PDA; Holmdel, N.J.), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.)
FORWARDS (3): Zachary Betteer (Beadling SC; Pittsburgh, Penn.), Sean Okoli (Wash. Premier; Federal Way, Wash.), Jonathon Top (FC Dallas; Fort Worth, Tex.).