CHRISTOPHER MCCOLLUM - Thursday, December 8, 2011
U.S. U-23 coach Caleb Porter announced his 28 player roster for the upcoming December camp, with more surprises found amongst those who were excluded.
For goalkeepers, Porter went with a strong core, with Bill Hamid and Sean Johnson recently off of training stints in England, and looking for immediate success in the future. Hamid has shown himself to be Jurgen Klinsmann's choice for the future of the Men's National Team, but Johnson's rise in stature will not be easy to overlook.
In defense, Gale Agbossoumonde will be looking for a solid Olympic experience to get himself back into the National Team picture after suffering through a tumultuous club situation since his brief debut over a year ago against South Africa.
Out of the midfield, the biggest absence is Brek Shea, who went on a month-long training stint with Arsenal to cap off an exhausting 2011 season. Fitness concerns are likely the reason he has been left off the roster for now, as he recovers from the grueling schedule. However, National Team fans will welcome more looks at Mikkel Diskerud, who will lend plenty of professional experience to the center midfield, along with Freddy Adu.
Up top, there is scoring ability to go around with Teal Bunbury, Joseph Gyau, Jann George, and Andrew Wooten. Even without Juan Agudelo, who is currently training with Liverpool, there will be plenty of goals scored in scrimmages amongst this group.
There will be great anticipation to see how the likes of Adu and Gyau are able to hook up, while extended looks at Sebastian Lletget and Joe Corona among others could reveal more future National Team players.
Bingham, David (San Jose Earthquakes
Hamid, Bill (D.C. United)
Johnson, Sean (Chicago Fire)
MacMath, Zac (Philadelphia Union)
Agbossoumonde, Gale (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Fennell, Royal-Dominique (Stuttgarter Kickers)
Ibeagha, Sebastien (Duke)
Sarkodie, Kofi (Houston Dynamo)
Valentin, Zarek (Montreal Impact)
Villafana. Jorge (Chivas USA)
Wenger, Andrew (Duke)
Williams, Sheanon (Philadelphia Union)
Adu, Freddy (Philadelphia Union)
Arguez, Bryan (Montreal Impact)
Corona, Joe (Club Tijuana)
Cruz, Danny (Houston Dynamo)
Diskerud, Mikkel (Stabaek)
Duka, Dilly (Columbus Crew)
Jeffrey, Jared (Mainz)
Lletget, Sebastian (West Ham United)
Okugo, Amobi (Philadelphia Union)
Stephens, Michael (LA Galaxy)
Bruin, Will (Houston Dynamo)
Bunbury, Teal (Sporting KC)
George, Jann (Nurnberg)
Gyau, Joe (Hoffenheim)
McInerney, Jack (Philadelphia Union)
Wooten, Andrew (Kaiserslautern)
The U-23 Camp will take place between December 15 and 23 in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Olympic Qualifying games will take place in March.