[U.S. UNDER-20 MEN] Indicative of the growing number of young American players who have turned pro, U.S. under-20 national team coach Thomas Rongen is taking a team comprised entirely of professional players -- including a half a dozen new faces -- to a four-team international tournament Sept. 1-13 in Arequipa, Peru.
The roster includes:
-- seven players based in the United States (five in MLS and two in the D-2 Pro League)
-- seven in Mexico (including cousins Moises and Emilio Orozco and the highly regarded Victor Garza all at Tigres);
-- three in Portugal (including Braga's Gale Agbossoumonde, who captained the U-20 team that won the Milk Cup trophy in Northern Ireland in July);
-- two in Germany (Hertha Berlin players Anthony Brooks and Jerome Kiesewetter were called up for the first time); and
-- one in England (goalkeeper Cody Cropper from Ipswich Town).
U.S. Under-20 Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Samir Badr (FC Porto; Fairfax, Va.), Cody Cropper (Ipswich Town; Athens, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (7): Gale Agbossoumonde (Braga; Syracuse, N.Y.), Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin; Berlin, Germany), Bryan De La Fuente (Chivas USA; Bell, Calif.), Christian Flores (Club Tijuana; El Cajon, Calif.), Greg Garza (Estoril Praia; Grapevine, Texas), Emilio Orozco (Tigres; Oxnard, Calif.), Korey Veeder (Crystal Palace Baltimore; St. Petersburg, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Victor Garza (Tigres; Edinburg, Texas), Kevin Huezo (Pachuca; Santa Ana, Calif.), Francisco Navas Cobo (Houston Dynamo; Richmond, Texas), Ernest Nungaray (Monarcas Morelia; National City, Calif.), Moises Orozco (Tigres; Oxnard, Calif.), Conor Shanosky (D.C. United; Sterling, Va.), Cesar Zamora (Chivas USA; Sylmar, Calif.)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls; Barnegat, N.Y.), Jerome Kiesewetter (Hertha BSC; Berlin, Germany), Adrian Ruelas (Santos Laguna; Fontana, Calif.), Omar Salgado (Portland Timbers; El Paso, Texas)