PORTER NAMES ROSTER FOR QUALIFYING
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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, March 13, 2012
US U-23 head coach Caleb Porter today announced his 19-man roster for the Olympic qualifying tournament that will take place later this month in Nashville and Kansas City.

Porter further announced that one more player would be added soon once he secured a release from the player's club.

There are no real surprises to the roster as a majority of the players have already taken part in numerous camps so far.

The United States team is a strong roster but the team will be without three of its best U-23 players since Hoffenheim's Danny Williams, Nurnberg's Timothy Chandler, and AZ Alkmaar's Jozy Altidore were not released by their club.

In defense, the team will be lead by Montreal's Zarek Valentin and San Jose's Ike Opara who are expected to start in central defense.

In the midfield, the core will be Philadelphia's Amobi Okugo and Gent's Mix Diskerud who have been consistent since the first camp in November. Long-time veteran Freddy Adu is also expected to play a big role after being a standout at the 2008 Olympics.

On the wings the US will have a huge speed advantage with Josh Gatt who is a regular with the Norwegian champion Molde, Hoffenheim's Joe Gyau, and FC Dallas' Brek Shea.

In the forward positions, the US will be lead by New York's Juan Agudelo and Borussia Dortmund's Terrence Boyd who have both been capped by the senior US national team.

As for the one player that is to be added, the most likely name is Herth Berlin's Alfredo Morales but his release could be complicated since he is regularly in the matchday 18 for the Bundesliga club.

The United States will open up group play on March 22 with a game against Cuba. On March 24 they will take on Canada. They will then conclude group play on March 26 against El Salvador. All games will take place in Nashville.

Should the United States finish in the top two of their group, they will head to Kansas City for semifinal game that will determine whether or not they qualify for the 2012 Olympic games this summer in London.

United States U-23 Roster

Goalkeepers

Hamid, Bill - DC United (MLS)
Johnson, Sean - Chicago Fire (MLS)

Defenders

Gatt, Josh - Molde (Norway)
Kitchen, Perry - DC United (MLS)
Opara, Ike - San Jose (MLS)
Sarkodie, Kofi - Houston (MLS)
Valentin, Zarek - Montreal (MLS)
Villafana, Jorge - Chivas USA (MLS)

Midfielders

Adu, Freddy - Philadelphia (MLS)
Corona, Joe - Club Tijuana (Mexico)
Diskerud, Mix - Gent (Belgium)
Jeffrey, Jared - Mainz (Germany)
Okugo, Amobi - Philadelphia (MLS)
Stephens, Michael - Los Angeles (MLS)

Forwards

Agudelo, Juan - New York (MLS)
Boyd, Terrence - Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
Bunbury, Teal - Kansas City (MLS)
Gyau, Joe - Hoffenheim (Germany)
Shea, Brek - FC Dallas (MLS)
Gary Page
Wednesday March 14, 2012 1:04 am
They should be able to qualify without too much difficulty, but I would feel more secure if they had Williams and especially Chandler to anchor the defense.
Red
Tuesday March 13, 2012 9:19 pm
Come the Olympics this would be my team:

Gyau/Shea Boyd/Jozy Gatt

Mixx Corona
Bradley

Val Boca Goodsen Chandler

Hamid
bryan
Tuesday March 13, 2012 4:18 pm
the article says Valentin will play CB...no, he'll play FB.

Gyau, Agudelo, Shea
Mixx, Corona, Adu
Sarkodie/Valentin, Opara, Kitchen, Gatt
Hamid

Yes, no true CDM in that lineup, but Mixx was cleaning up really well against Mexico. And Corona is too good to sit. Okugo is solid, but I'd go with Corona. I'm hoping Morales gets called in. If so:

Adu, Gyau, Shea
Mixx, Corona, Morales
Sarkodie/Valentin, Opara, Kitchen, Gatt
Hamid

Something like that. It's hard between Agudelo, Boyd and the others.
2tone
Tuesday March 13, 2012 10:50 am
From what I have heard the player they are trying to get released is Tony Taylor. I wouldn't expect Morales to be released.
The Stephens selection is a little weird in my opinion. He has never really shown anything while on the field for LA. Personally I would have selected Luis Gil instead of him: Who can play the #8 the #10 and on the wings as well. Maybe the Stephens selection is telling considering he is more of a DCM which means Morales will not be called in.
I think it's a waste of Gatts talent if you put him as a RB. Just my opinion, but I do like the prospect of Gatt at RB and Gyau at RW with Gatt overlapping. This would be my starting 11 against Cuba.
Hamid
Gatt, Opara, Kitchen, Valentin
----------Okugo------Diskerud--------
----------------Adu------------------
Gyau---------Boyd----------Shea
Subs: GK: Johnson, Defense: Sarkodie, Villafana, Middies: Jeffrey, Corona, FWDS: Bunbury, Agudelo.
I fully expect Kitchen and Opara to be the CB's paired with Valentin as the LB.
Hoppy in ATL
Tuesday March 13, 2012 1:40 am
Undoubtedly the classiest group of forwards I have ever seen on a US U23 side..... There is going to be some great competition in this camp for those kids....
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