BRIAN SCIARETTA - Sunday, May 27, 2012
US U-20 head coach Tab Ramos today named a 20 player roster for an upcoming camp that will include a trip to South America to take on Uruguay and Chile.
The roster includes many of the top players who were involved with the team dating back to the first camp back in November.
The team is lead by Luis Gil who is perhaps the team's best known player and likely captain. He has been seeing significant minutes with Real Salt Lake this season in central midfield.
Midfielder Caleb Stanko also arrives in camp after an impressive first season in the SC Freiburg system. As a regular with the club's U-19 team, Stanko helped lead the club earlier this month to a win over Hertha Berlin in the final of the German U-19 Cup.
Liverpool signee Villyan Bijev has performed well with the United States since his first U-20 camp in January. This past season he also made his professional debut with Fortuna Dusseldorf where he spent the season on loan.
There are also some notable names not on this US U-20 roster. Liverpool's Marc Pelosi only recently recovered from a knee injury and is still not fully fit for this camp. Jerome Kiesewetter recently signed a four year professional contract with Stuttgart but he is likely getting settled with his new club.
Tab Ramos has also said that central defender John Anthony Brooks is an important piece of the team but he has not been involved with many camps due to club commitments with Hertha Berlin
The US team will open camp this Wednesday in Houston before heading to South American. On June 8 they will face Uruguay in Montevideo followed by a matchup against Chile on June 12 against Chile in Santiago.
Cropper, Cody (Unattached)
Gomez, Tomas (Georgetown)
Cochran, AJ (Wisconsin)
Dean, Christian (California Berkeley)
McCrary, Jordan (North Carolina)
Miller, Eric (Creighton)
Ocegueda, Juan Pablo (UANL Tigres)
Okwuonu, Boyd (North Carolina)
Gil, Luis (Real Salt Lake)
Joya, Benji (Santos Laguna)
Lopez, Mikey (North Carolina)
Packwood, William (Birmingham City)
Stanko, Caleb (SC Freiburg)
Trapp, Wil (Akron)
Bijev, Villyan (Fortuna Düsseldorf)
Cuevas, Daniel (Santos Laguna)
Garcia, Daniel (FC Dallas Academy)
Pineda, Victor (Chicago Fire)
Rogers, James (New Mexico)
Top, Johnathan (FC Dallas)