BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, March 17, 2011
Today head coach Thomas Rongen announced the US U20 roster that will take part in US U20 World Cup qualifying beginning later this month in Guatemala City.
While clubs were not required to release players for this tournament, Rongen was able to secure the release of most of his top players.
A strong forward contingent includes 1860 Munich's Bobby Wood, Derby County's Conor Doyle, and the recent number one overall MLS draft pick Omar Salgado who plays with Vancouver.
The midfield for the US team will be lead by West Ham United's Sebastian Lletget who has returned to the team after missing most of 2010 with mononucleosis.
Hoffenheim's Joe Gyau has also enjoyed strong performances with the team since he joined the team for the first time in December. UCLA's Eder Arreola is the most surprising pick of the team as he did not take part in any camp for the team this cycle.
In defense, Gale Agbossoumonde will likely anchor the defense after he was part of the 2009 U-20 World Cup team. In central defense, Agbossoumonde will likely be joined by Duke University's Sebastian Ibeagha. At the fullback positions, Gregory Garza is likely to start on the left and Zarek Valentin has been playing well on the right.
The team breaks down with eight MLS players, four NCAA players, seven players who are based in Europe, and one from Mexico.
Standout forward Juan Agudelo of the New York Red Bulls was not included on the roster as he will be with the senior national team for the friendlies against Argentina and Paraguay.
It is unclear to determine who was cut and who was not released by their clubs, but the other most notable absences are Bayern Munich's Fabian Hurzeler, Molde FK's Joshua Gatt, Santos Laguna's Adrian Ruelas, Hapoel Acre's Alexander Zahavi, Philadelphia Union's Jack McInerney, and Chivas USA's Tristan Bowen.
The US begins play on March 29th with a game against Suriname and they round out group play on April 2nd with a game against Panama.
Should they finish in the top two of their group, they would advance to a quarterfinal game which will solely determine their qualifying fate.
Cropper, Cody (Ispwich)
MacMath, Zac (Philadelphia Union)
Agbossoumonde, Gale (Djurgardens)
Garza, Gregory (Estoril)
Hernandez, Moises (FC Dallas)
Hot, Sacir (New York Red Bulls)
Ibeagha, Sebastian (Duke University)
Kitchen, Perry (DC United)
Valentin, Zarek (Chivas USA)
Veeder, Korey (Columbus Crew)
Lletget, Sebastian (West Ham United)
Okugo, Amobi (Philadelphia Union)
Orozco, Moises (Tigres)
Powers, Dillon (Notre Dame)
Rowe, Kelyn (UCLA)
Arreola, Eder (UCLA)
Doyle, Conor (Derby County)
Gyau, Joseph (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim)
Salgado, Omar (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Wood, Bobby (1860 Munich)