Fifteen prospective '07 U.S.-based collegians -- seven for the USA, six for New Zealand and two for Canada -- will be playing at the Under-20 World Cup, which starts Saturday in Canada.
leads all teams with three players, and defending champion UC Santa Barbara and Dartmouth have two.
Soccer America MVPs Julian Valentin
and Sal Zizzo
(UCLA) were among seven prospective '07 collegians who were called up by U.S. under-20 men's national team coach Thomas Rongen
Three other '06 collegians -- MVP Chris Seitz
(Maryland), Anthony Wallace
Florida) and Amaechi Igwe
(Santa Clara) -- signed with MLS clubs in January.
New Zealand brought six collegians to Canada -- including Michael Boxall
and Sam Jenkins
, who will enroll as freshmen at defending national champion UC Santa Barbara. Junior-to-be
Kiwi Aaron Clapham
has transferred from St. Francis (Pa.) to Louisville, where his former coach at St. Francis, B.J.
, is now an assistant.
Host Canada has a long tradition of tapping into the U.S. college ranks for youth team players.
(Portland) and Tousaint Ricketts
(Wisconsin-Green Bay), who had a hat tick in a 4-0 win over the U.S. U-20s earlier this month, Canada's U-20
roster includes Michael D'Agostino
, who left Kentucky after completing his junior season in 2006 and has been training in England, and backup goalie David Monsalve
, who spent part of the 2006 season with NAIA power Mobile.
Both South Korea (6 players) and Japan (1) have players on their U-20 rosters
from university teams in their respective countries. U-20 COLLEGIANS: USA Steve Sandbo
UCLA sr. Julian Valentin
Wake Forest sr. Sal Zizzo
Harvard soph. Tony Beltran
UCLA jr. Brian Perk
soph. Ofori Sarkodie
Indiana soph. New Zealand Aaron Clapham
Evansville soph. Michael Boxall
UC Santa Barbara fr. Sam Jenkins
Barbara fr. Canada Alex Elliott
Portland jr. Tosaint Ricketts
Wisconsin-Green Bay jr.