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)
Sunday March 20, 2011 3:33 am
@ Juan from L.A. and like-minded - Of course they don't care about your comments! Or mine, but I'm sure they appreciate being covered by a great American soccer website.
Subotic and Rossi can't come back even if they wanted to, so the YA policy properly applies. But Conor and several other "blood-tied", are Americans that are being presented with opportunities to further develop their skills under various high level programs when they receive these youth call-ups from various nat'l teams. I commend them for trying to strengthen their game.

The whole reason we're on this great site is because we love our American born, or raised, players getting international experience and exposure so our national team can win the World Cup! So we should be paying attention to these potential Nats, not ex-communicating them! - until they make up their mind.

And btw, I bet the US Nat'l team "club" pays out more than the Irish nat'l team "club" or Mexican nat'l team "club", when and if they may finally get called up to the Senior side. If the YA policy is simply a financial decision, then I support the policy. Otherwise, Go on USA! Get well soon Stuart H.
Kyle from NY
Friday March 18, 2011 5:07 pm
Where in the heck is ALEX MOLANOOO!!!???? so weak
Juan from L.A.
Friday March 18, 2011 11:55 am
O'Connor I'm one of many that support the YA policy. If that was the case then they should cover Rossi and Subotic. But that's not the case and they shouldn't. Their policy is very simple if they have the intent of choosing another NT other than ours and while they are in that 'hiatus' then they won't be cover in this case. In this case Doyle went to train with the Irish which made his decision unclear. Hopefully wiht this move he has made his mind up and now he is bound with the US but can still make that switch.
I believe most importantly who cares if they (players) read this which I doubt they would care for the opinions of someone like me behind a desk somewhere in this earth. But what's important is have some respect and pride for the jersey. The NT and any NT should not be treated like a 'club.'
Juan from L.A.
Thursday March 17, 2011 11:48 pm
By the way this is the Mexican preliminary list. Really good team our archrival.
Goalies (3):
Carlos López (Talleres Córdoba/ARG) , José Antonio Rodríguez (Chivas)
Rafael Ramírez (Estudiantes).
Center Backs (5):
Kristian Álvarez (Chivas) , Néstor Araujo (Cruz Azul) , Luis Ramos, Alexis Loera (Atlas) , Jorge Valencia (Tigres).
Defensive Midfielders (5):
Diego de Buen (Pumas) , Jorge Enríquez(Chivas) , Uriel Navarro (Chivas)
Marvin Piñón (Monterrey) , Diego Reyes (América)
Wings and Attacking Midfielders (6):
Cristofer Castillo (Pachuca) , Lugiani Gallardo (América) , César Ibañez (Atlas) , Jorge Mora (Chivas) , Carlos Orrantía (Pumas) , Saúl Villalobos (Atlas)
Forwards (6):
Ulises Dávila (Chivas) ,Alan Pulido (Tigres) , Taufic Guarch (Estudiantes) , Edson Rivera (Atlas) , Víctor Mañón (Pachuca) ,David Izazola (Pumas)

Their best players include Manon, Guarch, J. Enriquez, Pulido, Alvarez and Lopez
Thursday March 17, 2011 11:36 pm
Now that Conor Doyle has been selected to the US 20's, and the YA ban has been lifted I would love to see an article on how he did with the Irish.

Or is he still YA banned because he may still have an option with the Irish in the future? Once again, I love YA, but the policy should be reviewed. I wouldn't be surprised if some of these 'on the fence kids' read YA, so you may actually have some influence on which side they end up choosing, if you keep covering/supporting them.

And for all those stubborn yank fans, put yourself in the players shoes. Who wouldn't be honored and 'on the fence' if they've got two of their countries trying to bring them in.
I'll sum it up this way. If we could bring back Rossi, not one true yank fan would say no way.

Happy St. Pat's and Forza USA!
Juan from L.A.
Thursday March 17, 2011 6:12 pm
Brian thank you for the note. YA and you in particular are the ones who have more in depth news and follow up with the U-20 team or this current cycle. My request would be if you could make another article of the obvious omissions. I know you guys have contact with the players themselves and/or their agents . There are too many rumors flying around!
Thursday March 17, 2011 4:35 pm
where is adrian ruelas cup milk champion?????
Thursday March 17, 2011 3:36 pm
Alex G
Thursday March 17, 2011 3:19 pm
I have the exact same concerns on Ruelas, hopefully he chooses the US
Thursday March 17, 2011 2:50 pm
Fabian + Zahavi FTW!
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