BRIAN SCIARETTA - Wednesday, May 5, 2010
United States Under-20 head coach Thomas Rongen today announced the 20 man roster that will compete in the 2010 International Cor Groenewegen Tournament in Uitgeest, Holland later this month.
Unlike the two previous U20 tournaments in this current cycle, this roster is heavily based on foreign based players.
Of the 20 players selected, nine are currently based in Europe and four currently play in MLS. The roster also consists of players from MLS academies, USL teams and US youth teams.
The US defense will certainly be familiar with each other and chemistry should not be a problem.
The defense consists of a staggering four players from the University of Akron who were the top ranked NCAA team for most of season last year before losing to the University of Virginia in the championship game.
The leader of this team will most likely be SC Braga's Gale Agbossoumonde who is the only veteran from the 2009 U20 World Cup squad. Agbossoumonde has been on loan to Braga since January and has been a regular with their youth team.
MLS rookies Jack McInerney and Amobi Okugo will also look to bring first team professional experience to the team.
Both players are also veterans of the US youth system and are seeing regular playing time for the Philadelphia Union who selected both players respectively in the top ten of the 2010 Superdraft.
There are also notable omissions on this roster that could be due to various reasons ranging from injury to club cooperation.
Sebastian Lletget, Fafa Picault, Michael Hoyos and Greg Garza will not be with the team in Holland.
It is unclear the reasoning behind each player's absence but clubs are not required to release players for this tournament. Rongen has specifically said recently in the past that he is interested in Lletget, Hoyos and Garza.
It is important to mention that other potential US U20 players, Luis Gil and Dustin Corea, are currently with the US U18 team.
While there are some significant players missing, the US expects to compete strongly in Holland while also look for foreign based players that could potentially help the US next year at the U20 World Cup in Colombia.
US U20 Roster for the International Cor Groenewegen Tournament
Badr, Samir(FC Porto)
Cropper, Cody (Ipswich Town)
Agbossoumonde, Gale (SC Braga)
Barson, Chad (University of Akron)
De La Fuente, Bryan (Chivas USA Academy)
Kitchen, Perry (University of Akron)
Sarkodie, Kofi (University of Akron)
Valentin, Zarek (University of Akron)
Walsh, Parker (1860 Munich)
Benjaminsen, Erik (Stabæk)
Dewee, Lester (Olympique de Marseille)
Dominguez, Bryan (Miami FC)
Molano, Alex (Dinamo Zagreb)
Okugo, Amobi (Philadelphia Union)
Orozco, Moises (Real So Cal)
Pantelic, George (FK RAD Belgrade)
Zamora, Cesar (Chivas USA)
Agudelo, Juan (New York Red Bulls)
McInerney, Jack (Philadelphia Union)
Wood, Bobby (1860 Munich)