[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.)