Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
The USA's 'foreign' contingent
USA Today, January 18th, 2011 8:45PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Sporting Demands UCL Replay     
Sporting Lisbon has lodged a formal complaint with UEFA demanding a replay of its UEFA Champions ...
FIFA Rankings: USA Falls to 23rd    
Jurgen Klinsmann's USA fell six places to 23rd in FIFA's international rankings following a pair of ...
Diego Costa Released from the Hospital     
Chelsea is expected to be without striker Diego Costa when the Blues visit Manchester United at ...
Reports: Ibra Suffers Injury Setback     
Reports in Sweden claim that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could require surgery on the heel injury that has ...
FIFA Backs Clasico Pause for Messi's Record     
Lionel Messi heads into Saturday's game against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu just one goal short ...
Allegri: Juve Can Still Qualify    
Massimiliano Allegri believes Juventus still has a good chance of qualifying for the Round of 16 ...
Mertesacker: Gunners Lack Confidence    
In a candid interview, Arsenal center-back Per Mertesacker admits that the Gunners are low on confidence ...
Rodgers: Why Always Balotelli?     
Once again, it was all about Mario Balotelli, as Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers fielded a barrage ...
Report: Demand Amps Up Ahead of El Clasico    
This Saturday's Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona, which regularly draws hundreds of millions of viewers ...
Ferguson: Moyes Didn't Inherit Declining Man United    
Alex Ferguson has updated his book My Autobiography to include a section about the short reign ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives