BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, July 16, 2012
US Under-20 head coach Tab Ramos today announced his roster for the upcoming 2012 MilK Cup tournament in Northern Ireland.
This US team is far from being at its full strength as John Anthony Brooks, Luis Gil, Jerome Kiesewetter, Villyan Bijev, Will Packwood, and Sean Cunningham are all with their clubs. Vancouver Whitecaps forward Omar Salgado is injured.
But this team will boast some regulars. Goalkeeper Cody Cropper is the team's likely top goalkeeper and is currently on an extended trial with Southampton of the English Premier League. Tigres left back Juan Pablo Ocegueda has been a regular with the team and has turned down invitations from Mexico.
In the back line, central defender Walker Zimmerman returns to the team after a lengthy injury, and the Santos Laguna duo of Benji Joya and Daniel Cuevas have been regular attendees at US U-20 camps so far this cycle under Tab Ramos
The US team has regularly competed in the Milk Cup either with the U-20 team or the U-18 team. Last year with the U-18 team, the US finished in third place. In 2010, the US U-20 team won the tournament after posting an undefeated record.
In the tournament, the US will face Denmark on July 21 followed by Turkey on July 23. There will then be a placement game on July 26.
Cropper, Cody (Unattached)
McIntosh, Kendall (Santa Clara)
Cochran, AJ (Wisconsin)
Fender, Holden (Concorde Fire)
Miller, Eric (Creighton)
Ocegueda, Juan Pablo (Tigres)
Okwuonu, Boyd (North Carolina)
Zimmerman, Walker (Furman)
Joya, Benji (Santos Laguna)
Lopez, Mikey (North Carolina)
Martin, Collin (D.C. United Academy)
Metzger, Daniel (Maryland)
Serna, Dillon (Colorado Rapids Academy)
Trapp, Wil (Akron)
Cuevas, Daniel (Santos Laguna)
Koroma, Alfred (Solar Chelsea SC)
Pineda, Victor (Chicago Fire)
Rodriguez, Mario (FC Kaiserslautern)