BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, April 2, 2012
US U-20 head coach Tab Ramos today announced a 24 player roster for an upcoming camp in Portland, Oregon and it will feature top players like Luis Gil, Will Packwood, and Juan Ocegueda.
The camp will run from April 9 through April 16 and the team will play two games during that time. The first game will be against the University of Portland on April 12 and the second game will take place on April 15 against an opponent not yet determined.
Eight players on the roster play professionally with four playing abroad. Mexican club Santos Laguna is sending two players in Benji Joya and Daniel Cuevas. Highly rated left back Juan Pablo Ocegueda will also attend while Birmingham City's Will Packwood is the only European based player on the roster.
There are some notable players missing from this camp but that is likely due to club commitments. The major examples are Villyan Bijev who is on loan from Liverpool to Fortuna Dusseldorf, Hertha Berlin's John Anthony Brooks, and Sean Cunningham who is on loan from Molde to Stabaek.
Ipswich Town's Cody Cropper and Liverpool's Marc Pelosi are still recovering from injury.
Ramos has had three camps so far in 2012 as they build towards the 2013 U-20 World Cup next year in Turkey. Qualifying for that tournament will begin in early 2013.
Gomez, Tomas (Georgetown University)
McGuire, Jake (Chivas USA Academy)
Dean, Christian (University of California)
Gallego, Bryan (Akron)
McCrary, Jordan (North Carolina)
Miller, Eric (Creighton)
Ocegueda, Juan Pablo (UANL Tigres)
Okwuonu, Boyd (North Carolina)
Packwood, William (Birmingham City)
Payeras, Jeffrey (LA Galaxy Academy)
Vogel, Derek (Pateadores)
Casiple, Seth (University of California)
Gil, Luis (Real Salt Lake)
Joya, Benji (Santos Laguna)
Lopez, Mikey (North Carolina)
Martin, Collin (D.C. United Academy)
Pineda, Victor (Chicago Fire)
Trapp, Will (Akron)
Cuevas, Daniel (Santos Laguna)
Decker, Ethan (New York Red Bulls Academy)
Garcia, Daniel (FC Dallas Academy)
McBean, Jack (LA Galaxy)
Rogers, James (New Mexico)
Top, Jonathan (FC Dallas)