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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.
Tuesday December 20, 2011 8:11 pm
Four score and seven minutes ago, I read a sweet article. Lol tahnks
Saturday December 10, 2011 12:47 pm

I think if you look over the roster, there is considerable respect for MLS:

Goalkeepers (4/4 are from the MLS)

Defenders (6/8 are from MLS or NCAA)

Midfielders (6/10 are from the MLS)

Forwards (3/6 are from the MLS)

That's 19 out of 28 from MLS & NCAA. That does not include 2 that missing (Brek & Agudelo)
Friday December 9, 2011 5:13 pm
@Alex CJ Sapong is like 2 days to old to be a U23 so he's not gonna get called in for the Olympics unless they want to use one of the over 23 spots.
I'm a big fan of this roster by the way! It gives Porter a chance to evaluate talent of some players he hasn't seen a lot of yet, and for the most part I can't argue with the selections. I don't know anything about Arguez and Michael Stephens though.
Friday December 9, 2011 3:19 pm
How come Freddy Adu keeps getting National Team selection even though he cannot make the starting ele ven for Philadelphia (who the last time I looked was about as bad as any team in MLS). Is there really nobody else that deserves a look? What happened t.o our stunning midfield depth? Adu is a sad story. He peaked at 15 years old. Why waste such a precious roster spot for training and familiarization on someone who cannot make a starting MLS lineup?
Friday December 9, 2011 12:21 pm
Where is CJ Sapong? I have to say that the current US national teams have absolutely no respect for MLS as evidenced by the fact that the rookie of the year can't get put on a the U-23 team and the defender of the year can't get a call from Klinsmann. I have no idea if MLS derves this lack of respect but the league really needs to have a sit down with the national team coaches and find out what needs to be done to correct this situation.
Thursday December 8, 2011 7:05 pm
Omar Salgado should have been called in for this camp. Awesome to see Jann George. Andrew Wooten is on a goal scoring tear right now. Gatt still injured. Borussia Dortmund must have not allowed Boyd to go. Tony Taylor gets regular minutes for his club, so no Taylor. Shea and Agudelo are still training with Arsenal and Liverpool. Good to see Adu back in contention.
Overall another really good roster. It's amazing to see the depth that is starting to form at all levels for U.S. soccer.

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