BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, December 14, 2009
USA Under-20 coach Thomas Rongen has announced the roster for the first camp of the 2011 cycle which will begin with a camp in Chula Vista, California on December 16.
The roster will contain 17 players from the recent Under-17 team that competed in the 2009 World Cup in Nigeria. That team advanced out of group play into the round of 16 where they lost 2-1 to Italy. The best players on that team, Luis Gil, Jack McInerney and Stefan Jerome are among the inclusions.
Also included in this roster is Sebastian Lletget. The talented midfielder, who was a key player for the U17 team during their World Cup qualification, did not play for the World Cup team due to unspecified reasons. Various comments he has made this year to the press have given rise to questions about his allegiance to the US Soccer program. His inclusion here should indicate that he is still very much a part of the American program.
Another notable inclusion to this roster is Will Bates. The forward from Chester, Virginia is the only player on the roster from the University of Virginia who yesterday became the 2009 NCAA national champions with a shootout victory over the University of Akron in the championship game. Bates, a freshman, has been a regular starter this year for the Cavaliers. He scored his biggest goal of the season in a 3-0 win against the University of Maryland in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. Bates has been involved with US Soccer before as he played with the USA U18 team that competed in the 2009 Milk Cup in Northern Ireland.
Central defender Gale Agbossoumonde and midfielder Dillion Powers will take part in the camp and both players are the only two players eligible for the 2011 U20 World Cup that played on the USA 2009 U20 World Cup team in Egypt. That team had a disappointing campaign and finished with a 1-2-0 record and failed to advance out of their group.
Head Coach Thomas Rongen will be coaching his fourth cycle as the head coach of the USA U20 program. While the 2009 U20 World Cup suffered disappointing results at the World Cup, Rongen's teams in both 2003 and 2007 advanced to the quarterfinals in their respective World Cups.
Edwards, Earl Nomads SC (San Diego, California)
Luthy, Justin Boston College (Dublin, Ohio)
Richey, Spencer Crossfire Premier (Seattle, Washington)
Agbossoumonde, Gale Miami FC (Syracuse, New York)
Del Piccolo, Paolo Louisville (Lakewood, Colorado)
Hernandez, Moises FC Dallas Juniors (Dallas, Texas)
Herold, Zachary West Pines United (Port St. Lucie, Florida)
Kitchen, Perry Chicago Magic (Indianapolis, Indiana)
Polak, Tyler CSA Legacy (Lincoln, Nebraska)
Sarkodie, Kofi Akron (Huber Heights, Ohio)
Valentin, Zarek Akron (Lancaster, Pennsylvania)
Watts, Jared North Meck SC (Statesville, North Carolina)
White, Ethan Maryland (Kensington, Maryland)
Zamora, Cesar Chivas USA (Sylmar, California)
Zavaleta, Eriq FC Pride (Westfield, Indiana)
Altamirano, Jose San Diego State (San Diego, California)
Castaneda, Christian Hertha Berlin (Lutz, Florida)
Duran, Marlo Latino Americana (Duncanville, Texas)
Gil, Luis Pateadores (Garden Grove, California)
Lletget, Sebastian West Ham United (San Francisco, California)
Lubahn, Andrew Wake Forest (Erie, Pennsylvania)
Martinez, Carlos Wilmington Jrs. San Pedro, California)
Murphy, Colin Boston College (Guilderland, New York)
Okugo, Amobi UCLA (Sacramento, California)
Packwood, Will Birmingham City (Concord, Massachusetts)
Palodichuk, Nicholas Washington Premier FC (Battleground, Washington)
Picault, Fabrice Cagliari Calcio (Miami, Florida)
Powers, Dillon Notre Dame (Plano, Texas)
Agudelo, Juan New York Red Bulls (Barnegat, New Jersey)
Bates, Will Virginia (Chester, Virginia)
Bowen, Tristan Los Angeles Galaxy (Van Nuys, California)
Chavez, Victor Real So Cal (Fontana, California)
Finley, Ryan Duke (Lumberton, New Jersey)
Jerome, Stefan West Pines United; (Davie, Florida)
McInerney, Jack Cobb SC; (Alpharetta, Georga)
Sarle, Dominick BW Gottschee; (Huntington, New York)