JAMIE HILL - Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The USSF announced today the first U-23 roster since naming Caleb Porter manager last month.

The 31-man camp will be held in Duisburg, Germany and will also include 11 players eligible for the 2013 U-20 World Cup. The training camp will run from November 7-16 and represents the a first look at the players who may represent the US in Olympic qualifying next spring.

Although Caleb Porter will remain with his Akron squad, the Euro-heavy camp will be overseen by USSF Youth Technical Director Claudio Reyna.

A number of players expected to play key roles for the U-23 team are absent from the roster and are expected to join the senior national team for friendlies against France and Slovenia. This group includes Bill Hamid, Timothy Chandler, Daniel Williams, Brek Shea, and Jozy Altidore.

Players from the eight remaining MLS playoff teams have also been omitted, although those whose clubs are eliminated after this week's conference semifinals could be last-minute additions, according to the USSF.

The roster is headlined by several players who have already received a cap for the US national team, such as Sean Johnson and Mikkel Diskerud. Gale Agbossoumonde also made a brief appearance for the senior team in a friendly in late 2010.

Others have made recent breakthroughs for their clubs; Perry Kitchen, Ethan White, Josh Gatt, Zarek Valentin, Dilly Duka, and Royal-Dominique Fennell have all become starters this season.

During the first camp, the USSF staff will hope to answer some of the questions looming over this U-23 team. The player pool lacks depth in certain areas, such as central defense.

U-20 manager Tab Ramos will be on hand to evaluate the players who are eligible for his team. While the U-20 contingent is mostly comprised of players who are long shots to make the U-23 team, a lack of options has put Anthony Brooks is in a strong position to seize a place in the defensive line.

A notable omission from the U-20 squad is Bayern Munich midfielder Fabian Hürzeler. Hürzeler is provisionally cap-tied to Germany after appearing in a U-17 qualifier and will need to file a one-time permanent switch to play for the United States.

U-23 / U-20 Combined Roster

* U-20 Player


David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes)
*Cody Cropper (Ipswich Town)
Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)
*Jonathan Kempin (Sporting Kansas City)


Gale Agbossoumonde (Eintracht Frankfurt)
*Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin)
*Sean Cunningham (Molde)
Royal-Dominique Fennell (Stuttgarter Kickers)
Greg Garza (out of contract)
Perry Kitchen (DC United)
Will Packwood (Birmingham City)
Zarek Valentin (Chivas USA)
Ethan White (DC United)


Joe Corona (Club Tijuana)
Mix Diskerud (Stabæk)
Dilly Duka (Columbus Crew)
Jared Jeffrey (Mainz)
Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United)
*Tyrone McCargo (Nürnberg)
*Charles Renken (Hoffenheim)
*Caleb Stanko (Freiburg)
*Jose Villarreal (Los Angeles Galaxy academy)


Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund)
Conor Doyle (Derby County)
Josh Gatt (Molde)
Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim)
*Jerome Kiesewetter (Hoffenheim)
*Omar Salgado (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Tony Taylor (Atlético CP)
Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)
Andrew Wooten (Kaiserslautern)
Friday November 4, 2011 12:04 am
I agree, this U-23 Squad can really be something special, just look at the list of talented players that we're all talking about. It will be stupid to not include some of the U-23 players that have played with the Senior team. With a full lineup we can actually have a real shot at Gold.
Thursday November 3, 2011 3:34 pm
This looks like a very competative pool of players. There were a few exceptions/inclusions that shocked me though. Where is Fabian Hurzeler? Was he left off since he hasn't filed his one time switch?
Anyone know anything about Royal-Dominique Fennell, Caleb Stanko, and Joze Villarreal? These are players I've not heard mentioned in the discussions for the US Youth teams in the past. Anyone have insight into their positions and how they play.

When/If you add in some of the other potential MLS Players (Gil, Adu, Agudelo, Bunbury, Opara, Sheanon Williams, etc...) and/or those players with the senior team (Jozy, Shea, Chandler, Williams, Morales, and Hamid) into the pool the resulting team could really be something special.
Man S
Thursday November 3, 2011 12:53 pm
You can see the clear trend - American players in Germany.
Thursday November 3, 2011 9:24 am
I hope that JK does not choose to hold out players for the senior team. That is a mistake that cost the U-20 not to qualify for the U-20 WC. I agree with all of you, looks like a bright future. This is a good line up, but not one that will win the Olympics. If we seriously want to have a chance at winning, then JK and all coaching staff need to commite to putting toghether the best line up possible. They need to include players like, Bill Hamid, Timothy Chandler, Daniel Williams, Brek Shea, Jozy Altidore, Adu, Agudelo, Bunbury, Sapong, Stephens, Pelosi, Gil and Opara.
Thursday November 3, 2011 8:33 am
More so than the team's actual results, I'm pretty pumped to see Agbossoumonde, Gatt, Corona and Boyd in action. I've been hearing so much hype on these guys, it'll be nice to see if they can play.
Thursday November 3, 2011 4:54 am
I am also hopeful but the top 10 countries are just so much better technically and that makes all the difference in the world. England will never win again because they have no technical skills. And our technical ability looks like it will come from our dual citizens and Freddy Adu which is fine but will it work? I want to see that Bobby Wood as well, an 18 yr old making games for a 2nd bundesliga team is very impressive. He has to be one for the future. That's even more impressive than Cherundolo, age wise. The roster does look nice though! Good luck team.
Wednesday November 2, 2011 9:56 pm
While we are in transitional phase, come 2018 many of these youngsters will be in their prime or right around it, and we could potentially see our first NT potentially be an outside challenger for the World Cup.

I think we will start to see the project really unfold around the 2015 Gold Cup.

We will have a BRIGHT future.
Wednesday November 2, 2011 8:06 pm
Has there been any word if full team regulars Timothy Chandler, Brek Shea, Danny Williams, and Jozy Altidore will play in the Olympics. I know they qualify based on age but I have the feeling Klinsman may hold them out. I hope he doesn't because when you add those four in with the likes of those reaming in the MLS playoffs, (Freddy Adu, Teal Bunbury, Juan Agudelo, Michael Stephens, Danny Cruz, Luis Gil, Amobi Okugo and Sheannon Williams ) there is A LOT of talent to choose from. =
Two Cents
Wednesday November 2, 2011 7:58 pm
We are going to be so good in a few years.

A lot of inclusions will be based on MLS playoffs, playing time, as well as whether certain players are kept out due to senior team spots. You have the likes of Adu, Agudelo, Bunbury, Sapong, Stephens, Pelosi, Gil, Opara, and many others. We really have a very strong contingent of players in our younger age groups.

Hurzeler would be a nice addition, but as the article states, he hasn't made his switch. I'm hoping he does very soon, just like Fabian Johnson. Either way, this squad has a really good shot of winning the olympics. I think the coaching staff is really up to the challenge so here's hoping we have a great camp and see some solid potential.

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