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
Five Lessons to Prepare for College Soccer    
Ed McLaughlin, the Athletic Director at Virginia Commonwealth who has been involved in college athletics for ...
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 ...
Chivas USA Youth Players Face Murky Future    
Chivas USA, which folded after the 2014 season, had one of the MLS's most ambitious youth ...
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 ...
Mourinho Questions Man City's Transfer Policy     
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho suggested that rival Manchester City is not adhering to UEFA's Financial Fair ...
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 ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives