JAMIE HILL - Monday, May 9, 2011
The US U-20 team will convene for the first time since CONCACAF qualification in Vichy, France from May 15-20 for two matches against the French U-20s.
This camp marks the first gathering of the U-20 national team in the post-Thomas Rongen era. The USSF had previously announced that the Dutch manager's contract will not be renewed at the end of the year. Former U-20 assistant Tab Ramos will temporarily take charge of the team while the USSF seeks a permanent replacement.
The 20 players called to France are a jumble of old and new faces. A number of veterans from the ill-fated qualification campaign in Guatemala will return for what should be a final bow at the U-20 level. They will be joined by six players who were born in 1993 or later and are therefore eligible for the 2013 U-20 World Cup.
With MLS in full swing, the camp has a decidedly European flavor to it; half of those present are attached to clubs overseas.
The US finds itself in an unusual position having failed to qualify for a U-20 World Cup for the first time since 1995. While this May would normally be a time to prepare for the tournament, instead the team will very much be in evaluation mode.
As such, the USSF has chosen to take a last look at the outgoing U-20 class and a quick peek at some players eligible for the next cycle.
Familiar names include West Ham's Sebastian Lletget, Derby County's Conor Doyle, and Hoffenheim's Joe Gyau, who will have recently completed their seasons in Europe.
Several regulars from the college ranks haved been called into action, such as Notre Dame's Dillon Powers and Duke's Sebastien Ibeagha. UCLA's Kelyn Rowe, who has been trialing in Europe, will also be present.
The USSF has called in three players who are eligible for the current cycle, but will never have the chance to play a competitive U-20 match after the US team failed to qualify for the World Cup. Chief among them is Terrence Boyd, a German-American forward who has scored with regularity for Hertha Berlin's reserve team.
Rounding out the trio are two MLS homegrown products: Victor Ulloa of FC Dallas and Donny Toia of Real Salt Lake.
The group eligible for the next cycle is headlined by several players who have already accrued considerable U-20 experience. Cody Cropper served as the backup goalkeeper in Guatemala, while Anthony Brooks, Jerome Kiesewetter and Luis Gil will all called in by Thomas Rongen at various times.
This 2013-eligible quartet will be joined by a pair of left backs in Molde's Sean Cunningham and West Ham's Daniel Potts.
Cropper, Cody (Ipswich Town)
Sylvestre, Brian (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Brooks, Anthony (Hertha Berlin)
Cunningham, Sean (Molde FK)
Hot, Sacir (New York Red Bulls)
Ibeagha, Sebastien (Duke University)
Potts, Daniel (West Ham United)
Sarkodie, Kofi (Houston Dynamo)
Gil, Luis (Real Salt Lake)
Lletget, Sebastian (West Ham United)
Powers, Dillon (University of Notre Dame)
Rowe, Kelyn (UCLA)
Shanosky, Conor (DC United)
Toia, Donny (Real Salt Lake)
Boyd, Terrence (Hertha Berlin)
Doyle, Conor (Derby County)
Gatt, Josh (Molde FK)
Gyau, Joe (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim)
Kiesewetter, Jerome (Hertha Berlin)
Ulloa, Victor (FC Dallas)