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German youth star joins USA for January camp
by Paul Kennedy, December 22nd, 2010 5:28PM
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TAGS:  germany, mls, under-20 world cup, youth boys


[U.S. UNDER-20 MEN] Fabian Huerzeler, a 17-year-old midfielder at Bayern Munich and former captain of Germany's under-17 national team, has switched allegiances and will join the U.S. under-20 national team camp Jan. 2-13 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Huerzeler is one of 11 foreign-based players in what is shaping up as one of the most competitive U-20 teams ever being assembled.

Huerzeler was born in Houston but raised in Germany. At the age of 17, he is the youngest player on Bayern Munich's U-19 team and eligible for the next two U-20 World Cups.

New York Red Bulls rookie Juan Agudelo, who scored against South Africa in his senior debut, will participate in the camp until Jan. 6 before joining the senior squad at the Home Depot Center.

The squad includes such highly rated players as Philip Gyau and Sebastian Lletget, who both attended the U-17 residency camp but did not represent the USA at the 2009 Under-17 World Cup and have since moved to Europe.

Besides Huerzeler and Gyau, highly rated forward Bobby Wood of 1860 Munich is headed to Florida.

Coach Thomas Rongen has spent the year seeking out talent on clubs all around the world and he will bring in players based in Croatia, England, Germany, Israel, Mexico and Portugal as well as the United States and Canada.

Floridian Brian Sylvestre, an 18-year-old goalie who also spent time in U-17 resident and is now in the Vancouver Whitecaps residency program, was also called up for the first time.

Back with the team for the first time since the beginning of the year is defender Moises Hernandez, one of four homegrown players FC Dallas has signed in the last year.

Notable absentees include Akron star Kofi Sarkodie and Josh Gatt, who scored two goals and set up Gyau's three goals in a 5-0 win over Canada on Saturday. Gatt was not released by Austrian club SCR Altach, for which he is starting on the first team.]]>

Other players not in the camp will be midfielder Amobi Okugo and forwards Jack McInerney and Tristan Bowen, who all saw extensive time during the 2010 MLS season.

U.S. U-20 Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Ipswich Town; Athens, Ga.), Zac MacMath (Maryland; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Brian Sylvestre (Vancouver Whitecaps FC; Hollywood, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (9): Gale Agbossoumonde (unattached; Syracuse, N.Y.), Greg Garza (GD Estoril Praia; Grapevine, Texas), Moises Hernandez (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Sacir Hot (Boston College; Fair Lawn, N.J.), Sebastian Ibeagha (Duke Univ.; Missouri City, Texas), Perry Kitchen (Univ. of Akron; Indianapolis, Ind.), Zarek Valentin (Univ. of Akron; Lancaster, Pa.), Korey Veeder (unattached; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Ethan White (D.C. United; Kensington, Md.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim; Silver Spring, Md.), Fabian Huerzeler (Bayern Munich; Munich, Germany), Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United; San Francisco, Calif.), Alex Molano (Dinamo Zagreb; Grapevine, Texas), Moises Orozco (Tigres; Oxnard, Calif.), Dillon Powers (Univ. of Notre Dame; Plano, Texas), Kelyn Rowe (UCLA; Newport Beach, Calif.), Conor Shanosky (D.C. United; Sterling, Va.), Alex Zahavi (Maccabi Haifa; Los Angeles, Calif.)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls; Barnegat, N.J.), Conor Doyle (Derby County; McKinney, Texas), Omar Salgado (unattached; El Paso, Texas), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich; Irvine, Calif.)

  1. James Froehlich
    commented on: December 22, 2010 at 9:52 p.m.
    Like the rest of US businesses, it looks like US Soccer has decided to outsource its product (player) development. The only difference is that in this case it's probably a good idea given the terrible results of the existing US player manufacturing system, that is, US Soccer and college soccer player development
  1. Gak Foodsource
    commented on: December 23, 2010 at 10:50 p.m.
    Save a brief 10 game stint with Chivas USA, Thomas Rongen has been in charge of US youth development with the u-20s since 2001. 10 years later, and more importantly, 230 players later(a number theoretically whittled down from the millions of players kicking a soccer ball across the country every year), and Rongen still has neither identified nor developed a player half as good as Landon Donovan. If we keep doing the same thing, how can we be surprised that we keep getting the same result? We heap mountains of criticism on top of Bob Bradley and we don't even mention this guys name. I am a huge fan of US soccer and want nothing more than for us to win a World Cup. But if this guy really is the best we have available, isn't it time to start investing some money into coaching development? One of these days, as the current incarnation of the u-20 team might be starting to suggest, we are going to wake up to England and France taking our players just like they took gold and diamonds from their colonies centuries ago. Maybe then we will realize we are our own worst enemy.-Gak
  1. M K
    commented on: December 24, 2010 at 12:42 a.m.
    Well,maybe Rongen learnt in last 10 years to stop aganst the wind... You forget that Lubos Kubik was/is still involved with those squads... I admire the Americans to be "big enough" to do what is necessary... Canada, a soccer dwarf,is so cocky and arogant,that what USA knows,they wil never know.
  1. Paul Bryant
    commented on: December 24, 2010 at 10:51 a.m.
    Gentleman, you are all correct in your comments. Rongen is entrenched, just like the rest of the administrators in the USSF. The player pool in way,way, too small. James, Rongen is taking the easiest and safest route by recalling players from overseas clubs. Player development at a "high" level in the U.S. is still five to ten years away.
  1. Kevin Leahy
    commented on: December 24, 2010 at 12:09 p.m.
    Rongen is a typical federation coach. I beleive that he fits well in that politically correct enviroment. That does not mean he can coach.
  1. david caetano
    commented on: December 26, 2010 at 1:55 p.m.
    Coaches or players who have had European pro experience really should have a say in youth development. ex Dan Gaspar, Reyna and many more. important to have the needed teaching capabilities.

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