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Adu and four other capped players called up
by Paul Kennedy, December 8th, 2011 2:40PM

TAGS:  americans abroad, mls, olympics


[U.S. UNDER-23 MEN] Freddy Adu, who played on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team, was among the 28 players U.S. under-23 national team head coach Caleb Porter called to an eight-day training camp Dec. 15-23 at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

"At every camp we expect to push the group forward by continuing to evaluate the player pool while imprinting the concepts of how we will play as a team on both sides of the ball," said Porter. "As we sort through our personnel and start to hone in on the roster, it is equally as important that the players develop a clear understanding of the culture of how we will do things leading up to our first match in Nashville."

The U.S. U-23s are preparing for the Concacaf Olympic qualifying tournament in March.

This is the second gathering of this age group in preparation for qualifying and the first with Porter, the University of Akron head coach.

Adu has 17 caps for the senior national team, the most of the five players who have been capped. The others are Gale Agbossoumonde, Teal Bunbury, Mikkel Diskerud and Sean Johnson. D.C. United keeper Bill Hamid has been a part of every camp under Jurgen Klinsmann.

The Philadelphia Union leads all MLS teams, contributing five (Adu among them) to the camp.

Five players who have been getting playing time on the senior national team, either under Bob Bradley or Klinsmann, are eligible as U-23 players: Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Jozy Altidore (AZ), Tim Chandler (Nuremberg), Brek Shea (FC Dallas) and Danny Williams (Hoffenheim).

Only the MLS players -- Agudelo and Shea -- could be expected to be recalled for Olympic qualifying. Both have been in Europe training since the end of their MLS campaigns.

Three players -- Kofi Sarkodie, Zarek Valentin and Bunbury -- played for Porter at Akron, and a fourth, D.C. United's Perry Kitchen, would have been called in but for a foot injury.

One other player not called in was 20-year-old forward Terrence Boyd, who recently made his first appearance on the bench for Borussia Dortmund's first team. Boyd had scored in both U-23 scrimmages against German opposition during the recent camp in Germany.

U.S. Roster:
Goalkeepers: David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Zac MacMath (Philadelphia Union).

Defenders: Gale Agbossoumonde (Eintracht Frankfurt II/GER), Royal-Dominique Fennell (Stuttgart Kickers II/GER), Sebastien Ibeagha (Duke Univ.), Kofi Sarkodie (Houston Dynamo), Zarek Valentin (Montreal Impact), Jorge Villafana (Chivas USA), Andrew Wenger (Duke Univ.), Sheanon Williams (Philadelphia Union).

Midfielders: Freddy Adu (Philadelphia Union), Bryan Arguez (Montreal Impact), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/MEX), Danny Cruz (Houston Dynamo), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabaek/NOR), Dilly Duka (Columbus Crew), Jared Jeffrey (Mainz/GER), Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United/ENG), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union), Michael Stephens (Los Angeles Galaxy).

Forwards: Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Teal Bunbury (Sporting KC), Jann George (Nuremberg II/GER), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim II/GER), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union), Andrew Wooten (Kaiserslautern II/GER).

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