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Rongen calls in Gatt and Doyle for camp
by Paul Kennedy, December 9th, 2010 5:29PM
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[U.S. UNDER-20 MEN] Joshua Gatt and Conor Doyle, who both made their professional debuts this fall in Europe, were among the nine new players called into the U.S. under-20 national team camp Coach Thomas Rongen will hold Dec. 12-19 in Sunrise, Fla.

Gatt has four goal for Austrian second division club SCR Altach, while Doyle has seven league appearances for Derby County of England's League Championship. Doyle's father David played indoor soccer after moving from Ireland to attend Campbell University, and Ireland had been hoping to convince Conor Doyle to play for its U-21 national team.

The University of Michigan's Soony Saad, like Gatt a product of the Detroit area, was one of 10 college players called into the camp that will include two friendlies against Canada on Dec. 16 and Dec. 18.

In all, the roster features 11 college players and professional players who ply their trade in eight different countries. There are three representatives of Major League Soccer, a pair of Philadelphia Union players in Jack McInerney and Amobi Okugo and D.C. United's Conor Shanosky.

The foreign-based contingent includes Joseph Gyau, who plays in the youth system at German club Hoffenheim. Gyau's father Phillip played for the USA and grandfather Nana represented Ghana. Kevin Piedrahita is the backup goalie at Colombian club America de Cali.

U.S. U-20 Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Zac MacMath (Univ. of Maryland; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Kevin Piedrahita (America de Cali; Queens, N.Y.)
DEFENDERS (8): Gale Agbossoumonde (no club; Syracuse, N.Y.), Greg Garza (Estoril Praia; Grapevine, Texas), Sebastien Ibeagha (Duke Univ.; Missouri City, Texas), Perry Kitchen (Univ. of Akron; Indianapolis, Ind.), Eric Schoenle (West Virginia Univ.; Yardley, Pa.), Ben Sweat (Univ. of South Florida; Palm Harbor, Fla.), Zarek Valentin (Univ. of Akron; Lancaster, Pa.), Korey Veeder (no club; St. Petersburg, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Steven Evans (Univ. of Portland; Troutdale, Ore.), Joshua Gatt (SCR Altach; Plymouth, Mich.), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim; Silver Spring, Md.), Alex Molano (Dinamo Zagreb; Grapevine, Texas), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Dillon Powers (Univ. of Notre Dame; Plano, Texas), Kelyn Rowe (UCLA; Newport Beach, Calif.), Conor Shanosky (D.C. United; Sterling, Va.)
FORWARDS (6): Conor Doyle (Derby County FC; McKinney, Texas), Dylan Mares (Univ. of Louisville; Zionsville, Ind.), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union; Alpharetta, Ga.), Adrian Ruelas (Santos; Fontana, Calif.), Soony Saad (Univ. of Michigan; Dearborn, Mich.), Omar Salgado (no club; El Paso, Texas)

  1. James Froehlich
    commented on: December 9, 2010 at 7:35 p.m.
    Glad to see that the presence of college players is gradually decreasing. Doesn't make sense to waste time on players that will never develop into real professionals. Until potential players realize that college soccer is a diversion from learning how to play real soccer, many with the necessary talent will just continue to waste their time and talent. College soccer is just an employment plan for US Soccer trainees.
  1. David Smith
    commented on: December 10, 2010 at 3:51 p.m.
    I don't agree. Look at Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez and AJ De La Garza from the Galaxy. College players are a viable option.

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