BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, March 16, 2010
US U20 head coach Thomas Rongen announced a 20 man roster that will compete in the 2010 Dallas Cup tournament later this month.

The US will have two foreign based players in Birmingham City's midfielder Will Packwood and Tigres' striker Moises Orozco. Packwood, a veteran of the US 2009 U17 World Cup team, is having a solid season at Birmingham's academy where he is a regular with the club's U18 team and has managed to play with the reserve team on a few occasions. In Dallas both Packwood and Orozco will each be playing for their first time under Rongen.

The roster also marks a triumph for the Chivas USA Academy which has four players of its players on the roster. Defender Ian Hines-Ike and midfielders Bryan De La Fuente, Ruben Gonzalez, and Cesar Zamora will all represent the US in Dallas from the academy from the Los Angeles based club.

The defense will be lead by three players from NCAA power University of Akron. Chad Barson, Kofi Sarkodie, and Zarek Valentin will anchor coach Rongen's defense in Dallas.

This Akron trio will also later this year be widely expected to lead the Zips back to the College Cup where they fell to the University of Virginia in the national championship game in a shootout.

The most experienced U20 player on the roster is Notre Dame University midfielder Dillion Powers who was a veteran of the 2009 US U20 World Cup team.

The Fighting Irish holding midfielder was the nation's top college recruit out of high school and was the 2008-2009 Gatorade National Player of the Year.

The Dallas Cup is the premier youth tournament in country and it also marks the second official competition for the US U20 team in the 2011 cycle. Last month the US team played in the Copa Chivas in Mexico.

The US team there tied Brazil and the youth team from Mexico's club Atlas but lost to clubs Pachuca, Tigres, and Sasprissa.

In the Dallas Cup, the US has been drawn into Group C and will play their first game against Mexico on Sunday night, March 28th at Pizza Hut Park.

The following day they will play the Vancouver Whitecaps and they will finish group play on Wednesday, March 31st against the youth team from Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.

If the US wins Group C, they will advance to the semifinals on April 2nd and the championship game is scheduled for April 4th.


Luthy, Justin (Boston College; Dublin, Ohio)
MacMath, Zac (Maryland; St. Petersburg, Fla.)

Barson, Chad (University of Akron)
Gonzalez, Jesus (CZ Elite)
Hines-Ike, Ian (Chivas USA)
Polak, Tyler (CSA Legacy)
Sarkodie, Kofi (University of Akron)
Valentin, Zarek (University of Akron)
Watts, Jared (Wake Forest University)

Altamirano, Jose (San Diego State University)
De La Fuente, Bryan (Chivas USA)
Gonzalez, Ruben (Chivas USA)
Okugo, Amobi (Philadelphia Union)
Packwood, Will (Birmingham City)
Powers, Dillon (Notre Dame University)
Zamora, Cesar (Chivas USA)

Bates, Will (University of Virginia.)
Finley, Ryan (Duke University.)
Navas Cobo, Francisco (Houston Dynamo)
Orozco, Moises (Tigres)
Saturday March 20, 2010 7:11 pm
Your a little misinformed, this is a youth (u20-ish) tournament not a lead-up to the wc. Also thats one of the worst backlines i have seen someone post. Goodson is a apt replacement if Onyewu is not match fit but onyewu starts whether he can play the whole game or not. Geoff Cameron is a utility player for houston and lacks the quality to make the 23 man squad let alone start at a position we are fairly deep at. Bocanegra will play left back or center back but he will start, as he is one of the only leaders we have on the team.

Beasley and Donovan are both better set piece takers than Davis and neither lack talent in the run of play.
Wednesday March 17, 2010 2:16 am
This list of names, although highly inexperienced at the international level looks kinda like part of the group a of names I would have put together if I had chosen to play in 15-20 warm-up matches before the WC begins in SA 2010. I would just include a few guys like Bedoya and Torres,Adu, Edu to earn some PT together and as lets say 15 games is now down to 9, begin the cuts after the 6th game. Add anyone of note in the next 3 games such as, Olympic and Gold Cup Standouts and anyone who may have deserved to earn there shot after a few good,although not outstanding competition from previous WC friendlies. Final 6 games would insert the hair-line players with more of the first team then the final 4 would see few squad selections to start and few subs to creat a cohesive team feeling. Then, give us those other 5 or 6 friendlies to put together any final tweeks. I would believe our best backline from L to R would be Spector, DeMerit, Goodson, Gooeff Cameron. Unless you think Onyewu will be match fit and Boca is faster than any of the above players. Not to mention it would be nice if Brad Davis(LM/CM) gets a call, best set piece taker we have fielded in long time, doesn't merit more of a chance than the on/off Beasley.

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