Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
The USA's 'foreign' contingent
USA Today, January 18th, 2011 8:45PM
Subscribe to Section 2 Around the Net



The U.S. team in training camp to face Chile in a friendly on Saturday includes four players who are is eligible to play for the USA despite being born or raised outside the country: midfielder Mikkel Diskerud and forwards Juan Agudelo, Teal Bunbury and Eugene Starikov. Bunbury and Diskerud have played for the youth national teams of Norway and Canada, respectively.

Joseph D'Hippolito notes that Agudelo, a native of Colombia who moved to New York at age 8, and the Norwegian-born and -raised Diskerud, whose mother is from Arizona, already made an impact. The 18-year-old Agudelo scoring the gamewinner in the USA's last game, 1-0 victory over South Africa on Nov. 17, with an assist from 20-year-old Diskerud.

Bunbury, whose father starred for Canada, has been a U.S. resident since he was 10 and led the NCAA with 17 goals for Akron in 2007. Starikov, born in 1988 in the former Soviet Union, plays in Russia but owns an American passport.

Thomas Rongen
, coach of the USA's under-20 men's team, said, "I spend probably about half my time for about eight months really, really digging these people up. We're up to 425 names of players as young as 13 and 14 playing abroad. I didn't think we were aware of most of them. Of the 425, I had over 200 in my particular age group." Houston-born midfielder Fabian Huerzeler, a 17-year-old who grew up in Germany and plays for Bayern Munich's reserve team, captained Germany's U-16 and U-17 squads but just finished his first U-20 camp with the USA.

Read the original story...

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Youth soccer fights back against 49ers    
Northern California youth soccer advocates, including Santa Clara Youth Soccer League President Tino Silva, have launched ...
Cal South TOPSoccer Program Turns 25    
"We're all soccer players, special needs or not," says Sandy Castillo, chair of the Cal South ...
How Neymar Played in Childhood     
Neyrmar: "I used to pick up the ball, set up the furniture and go around dribbling ...
Roma Partnering with U.S. Youth Clubs    
Italian Serie A club Roma, which has American ownership, aims to forge partnerships with seven U.S. ...
LVG: Falcao "Has to Prove Himself"    
Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal has responded to criticism over dropping Radamel Falcao by claiming ...
Report: Adidas to Assist Messi Move?    
According to Spanish sports daily AS, Lionel Messi's sponsor Adidas could be the key to the ...
Toure Admits Man City Future in Doubt     
Speaking ahead of the opening games of the African Nations' Cup in Equatorial Guinea this weekend, ...
Ronaldo Blasts 'Defensive' Atleti Tactics    
Cristiano Ronaldo blasted Atletico Madrid for its unattractive style after the Rojiblancos ousted Real Madrid from ...
Fabian Johnson's 'Spat' with 'Gladbach Coach Favre    
According to Bild, USA defender Fabian Johnson is in a "spat" with Borussia Monchengladbach coach Lucien ...
Serie A to Introduce Goal-Line Technology     
Serie A will introduce goal-line technology next season after the Italian soccer federation (FIGC) gave its ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives