As the US Under-20 national team prepares for the Dallas Cup, head coach Thomas Rongen will be assisted by another long time veteran of US soccer. In Dallas, US midfielder and World Cup veteran Brian Maisonneuve will rejoin Rongen and serve as assistant coach.
Last month Eric Wynalda was the assistant coach for the U20 team during the Copa Chivas tournament in Mexico. In previous cycles Rongen has used former players such as Tab Ramos, Marcelo Balboa and Hugo Perez.
As the US U-20 national team prepares for the 2010 Dallas Cup which starts this upcoming Sunday, one of the most notable absences on the US roster is West Ham U18 midfielder Sebastian Lletget.
Lletget, 17, is widely considered to be one of the top American prospects but has raised concern about his commitment to the US program since he reportedly declined an invitation to play at last year's U17 World Cup.
While the US National team in Amsterdam welcomed back two familiar faces in Oguchi Onyewu and Steve Cherundolo who have both been working their way back from injuries, a not-so-familiar face has also joined the team as they prepare for Holland.
The USSF announced that Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones, 28, was invited by head coach Bob Bradley to meet the team and staff in Amsterdam. He will be in attendance on Wednesday night to watch his potential future teammates take on the third ranked Dutch. However, it is still very unclear as to when Jones will be able to resume playing.
Heading into this week's friendly against the Dutch, the US national team has seen more than its share of injuries that has decimated is roster of first-choice canidates.
Over the past several months, regulars Steve Cherundolo, Charlie Davies, Benny Feilhaber, Ricardo Clark, and Clint Dempsey have all worked towards the goal of making their way back from various injuries.
Not long after the Kansas City Wizards had acquired US starlet Luis Gil had they already started working to use him as a valuable trade asset.
Yesterday, the Wizards finalized a deal that will send Luis Gil to Real Salt Lake permanently, in exchange for an international roster spot, a 2011 2nd round SuperDraft pick, and 25 percent of any transfer fee, should a club outside of MLS purchase Gil's rights in the future.
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