RONGEN ANNOUNCES FIRST 2011 CAMP
USA Under-20 coach Thomas Rongen has announced the roster for the first camp of the 2011 cycle which will begin with a camp in Chula Vista, California on December 16.
The roster will contain 17 players from the recent Under-17 team that competed in the 2009 World Cup in Nigeria. That team advanced out of group play into the round of 16 where they lost 2-1 to Italy. The best players on that team, Luis Gil, Jack McInerney and Stefan Jerome are among the inclusions.
Also included in this roster is Sebastian Lletget. The talented midfielder, who was a key player for the U17 team during their World Cup qualification, did not play for the World Cup team due to unspecified reasons. Various comments he has made this year to the press have given rise to questions about his allegiance to the US Soccer program. His inclusion here should indicate that he is still very much a part of the American program.
Another notable inclusion to this roster is Will Bates. The forward from Chester, Virginia is the only player on the roster from the University of Virginia who yesterday became the 2009 NCAA national champions with a shootout victory over the University of Akron in the championship game. Bates, a freshman, has been a regular starter this year for the Cavaliers. He scored his biggest goal of the season in a 3-0 win against the University of Maryland in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. Bates has been involved with US Soccer before as he played with the USA U18 team that competed in the 2009 Milk Cup in Northern Ireland.
Central defender Gale Agbossoumonde and midfielder Dillion Powers will take part in the camp and both players are the only two players eligible for the 2011 U20 World Cup that played on the USA 2009 U20 World Cup team in Egypt. That team had a disappointing campaign and finished with a 1-2-0 record and failed to advance out of their group.
Head Coach Thomas Rongen will be coaching his fourth cycle as the head coach of the USA U20 program. While the 2009 U20 World Cup suffered disappointing results at the World Cup, Rongen's teams in both 2003 and 2007 advanced to the quarterfinals in their respective World Cups.
Nomads SC (San Diego, California)
Boston College (Dublin, Ohio)
Crossfire Premier (Seattle, Washington)
Miami FC (Syracuse, New York)
Del Piccolo, Paolo
Louisville (Lakewood, Colorado)
FC Dallas Juniors (Dallas, Texas)
West Pines United (Port St. Lucie, Florida)
Chicago Magic (Indianapolis, Indiana)
CSA Legacy (Lincoln, Nebraska)
Akron (Huber Heights, Ohio)
Akron (Lancaster, Pennsylvania)
North Meck SC (Statesville, North Carolina)
Maryland (Kensington, Maryland)
Chivas USA (Sylmar, California)
FC Pride (Westfield, Indiana)
San Diego State (San Diego, California)
Hertha Berlin (Lutz, Florida)
Latino Americana (Duncanville, Texas)
Pateadores (Garden Grove, California)
West Ham United (San Francisco, California)
Wake Forest (Erie, Pennsylvania)
Wilmington Jrs. San Pedro, California)
Boston College (Guilderland, New York)
UCLA (Sacramento, California)
Birmingham City (Concord, Massachusetts)
Washington Premier FC (Battleground, Washington)
Cagliari Calcio (Miami, Florida)
Notre Dame (Plano, Texas)
New York Red Bulls (Barnegat, New Jersey)
Virginia (Chester, Virginia)
Los Angeles Galaxy (Van Nuys, California)
Real So Cal (Fontana, California)
Duke (Lumberton, New Jersey)
West Pines United; (Davie, Florida)
Cobb SC; (Alpharetta, Georga)
BW Gottschee; (Huntington, New York)