Less than a month after a quarterfinal run in the 2003 World Youth Championship, U.S. U-20 coach Thomas Rongen gets back to work with a new crop of players that begins preparations for qualifying for the 2005 U-20 World Cup.
Freddy Adu is the lone holdover from the U-20s that played in the UAE. Arturo Alvarez, who was injured and replaced by Adu at the last minute, is also on the squad.
The nucleus of the team consists of players from the U-17 team that reached the quarterfinals of the 2003 Under-17 World Cup.
The U-20s will take part in the ODP Interregional Event at The Home Depot Center Jan. 2-9. They will meet Region IV Jan. 3, Region II Jan. 4 and Region I Jan. 5. The team will have two days of training before meeting the U.S. U-18 team on Jan. 8.
U.S. UNDER-20 ROSTER:
Goalkeepers -- Andrew Kartunen (Stanford Univ.), Phil Marfuggi (Clemson Univ.). Defenders -- Greg Dalby (Notre Dame Univ.), Hunter Freeman (Univ. of Virginia), Chris Germani (FC Delco), Brandon Owens (UCLA), Pat Phelan (Oakwood SC, Conn.), Julian Valentin (U.S. U-17 residency program). Midfielders -- Craig Capano (Chicago Fire), Steven Curfman (Wake Forest Univ.), John DiRaimondo (Saint Louis Univ.), Guillermo Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy), Brian Grazier (Saint Louis Univ.), Will Hall (Univ. of Virginia), Daniel Szetela (U.S. U-17 residency program). Forwards -- Freddy Adu (MLS), Arturo Alvarez (San Jose Earthquakes), Corey Ashe (Univ. of North Carolina), Chad Barrett (UCLA), Sergio Flores (Chacarita Juniors, Argentina), Nate Norman (Notre Dame Univ.), Jacob Peterson (Indiana Univ.), Jamie Watson (Univ. of North Carolina).