BRIAN SCIARETTA - Wednesday, December 22, 2010
United States Under-20 head coach Thomas Rongen today announced a 25 man roster for the first camp of 2011 that will take place in Ft. Lauderdale from January 2nd-13th.
The roster features many first team players who are likely to be part of World Cup qualifying which begins in early April in Guatemala.
The team will be led by central defender Gale Agbossoumonde and midfielder Dillon Powers who are the only two returning players from the 2009 U-20 World Cup and who have both featured regularly this cycle.
Agbossoumonde, currently without a club, is likely to leave camp early where he will have a trial with Swedish club Djurgarden IF.
This camp will also mark the anticipated debut of Fabian Hurzeler who represented Germany in U-17 European qualifiers but will switch his affiliation to the US. Hurzeler is likely to be a key contributor to not just this U-20 World Cup team, but the 2013 team as well.
Another highlight of this camp is the return of 1860 Munich forward Bobby Wood who has not been with the team since May and is one of his club's top prospects. Rongen has repeatedly asked 1860 Munich for Bobby Wood to attend camp but the club has denied his release until now.
The US will be missing a few regular players in Adrian Ruelas who is potentially trying to join Celtic on a full-time basis. The Philadelphia Union duo of Amobi Okugo and Jack McInerney will not be with the team after taking part in the December camp.
Tristan Bowen will also not join the team after recently being traded from the LA Galaxy to Chivas USA.
Josh Gatt who recently had a two goal, three assist effort against Canada last week will be playing with his club, Altach, as the look to resume their season and earn promotion to the top league in Austria.
Juan Agudelo will only participate in camp through January 6th when he will leave to join the US national team in California.
Cropper, Cody (Ipswich Town)
MacMath, Zac (University of Maryland)
Sylvestre, Brian (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
Agbossoumonde, Gale (GD Estoril Praia)
Garza, Greg (GD Estoril Praia)
Hernandez, Moises (FC Dallas)
Hot, Sacir (Boston College)
Ibeagha, Sebastian (Duke University)
Kitchen, Perry (University of Akron)
Valentin, Zarek (University of Akron)
Veeder, Korey (Unattached)
White, Ethan (D.C. United)
Gyau, Joe (Hoffenheim)
Hurzeler, Fabian (Bayern Munich)
Lletget, Sebastian (West Ham United)
Molano, Alex (Dinamo Zagreb)
Orozco, Moises (Tigres)
Powers, Dillon (University of Notre Dame)
Rowe, Kelyn (UCLA)
Shanosky, Conor (D.C. United)
Zahavi, Alex (Maccabi Haifa)
Agudelo, Juan (New York Red Bulls)
Doyle, Conor (Derby County)
Salgado, Omar (unattached)
Wood, Bobby (1860 Munich)