RONGEN ANNOUNCES ROSTER FOR U-20 CAMP
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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, June 29, 2010
US U20 head coach Thomas Rongen today announced a 24 man roster for a camp that will take place in San Jose from June 27-July 5 which marks the fifth time Rongen has held a U20 gathering for the 2011 cycle.

The roster contains many players that have never played for the U20 team. The most noteworthy new player is former U17 star and Sporting Lisbon left back Greg Garza. Garza will arrive in San Jose only days after helping Sporting's U19 win the Portuguese title.

The roster will also draw a lot of attention for having eight players that currently play in Mexico. This cycle has seen Rongen make an aggressive push to make inroads with the massive Mexican-American community and this roster marks his most substantial effort to date.

The roster contains three players in Christian Flores, Justin Perez, and Julio Castillo who all play for C.F. Monterrey and who will all be making their debut for the US U20 team

There are also a few players that will come to San Jose from clubs not often frequented by US players. Midfielder Kevyn Batista will travel from Brazil where he currently plays for Desportivo Brasil. In similar fashion, forward Ronald Mendrano Williams will travel from Costa Rica where he currently plays with Alajuelense.

The US team will be lead by University of Notre Dame central midfielder Dillon Powers who is the only player on the roster who played for the 2009 U20 World Cup team. Powers has played with the team in this cycle and was the team's captain when he played at the Dallas Cup in March.

During this camp, the US will scrimmage twice against the San Jose Earthquakes of MLS and play two local teams who have yet to be determined.

Rongen is still looking to create a nucleus of players that he can build his team around that will take part in U20 World Cup qualifying in seven months and hopefully next summer's World Cup in Colombia should the team qualify.

The U20 team will also take part in the 2010 Milk Cup next month in Northern Ireland.

GOALKEEPERS

Edwards, Earl (UCLA
MacMath, Zac University of Maryland
Perez, Justin C.F. Monterrey

DEFENDERS

Flores, Cristian C.F. Monterrey
Garza, Greg Sporting Lisbon
Hot, Sacir Boston College
Jean-Baptiste, Andrew Albertson
Perry, Aubrey University of South Florida
Saavedra, Gerardo UW-Milwaukee
Valentin, Zarek University of Akron
White, Ethan Maryland

MIDFIELDERS

Batista, Kevyn Desportivo Brasil,
Birnbaum, Steven University of California
Garza, Victor Tigres
Nungaray, Ernest Monarcas Morelia
Orozco, Moises Real So Cal
Powers, Dillon University of Notre Dame
Romero, Roberto Cruz Azul;
Shanosky, Conor DC United

FORWARDS

Castillo, Julio Cesar C.F. Monterrey
Jahn, Adam Stanford University
Mendrano Williams, Ronald L.D. Alajuelense
Ruelas, Adrian Santos Laguna
Salgado, Omar C.D. Guadalajara
Lawrence
Thursday July 1, 2010 1:12 pm
"it's finally time that the US system starts to look for americans that don't play in college soccer"

Come on, think about the countless players who went abroad "Ferrari @ Sampdoria, Simek @ Arsenal, Whitbread @Arsenal, Thorrington @ Manchester United, Cooper @ Manchester United.. the list goes on!!"

and Dempsey from Furman University and Davies from Boston College... look at Feilhaber from UCLA and Edu from Maryland...

UVA didn't stop Reyna from becoming a World Cup best XI in 2002

College system isn't perfect, and can't be the only component. But guess what? Club's academies overseas don't seem to be generating the results all the people drooling over europe and south america think they will....
MarkO
Thursday July 1, 2010 12:11 pm
This roster sends a message ... loud and clear. The US Team is not only accepting of players in Mexico, we will actively go out and recruit these players and see what they have to show in an international format. Good move. While college is good intellectual education, the US college setup is not ideal for a soccer education, and this roster selection begins the transition unless the college soccer scene is reformed. Clear message folks. Parents of U-17 kids should take notice ...
Marcelo
Tuesday June 29, 2010 8:24 pm
After a very early exit from the world cup...it's finally time that the US system starts to look for americans that don't play in college soccer...we need some strong forwards to show up....go usa!....from a born Brazilian with an American heart!...I just hope to see these kids make a name for themselfs and the Senior US team....
starspangledcannon
Tuesday June 29, 2010 5:33 pm
Why no Gil or LLetget?
Dan
Tuesday June 29, 2010 11:28 am
Lot of young guns from the Primera Division getting a look! Good for them!
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