Coach Thomas Rongen
will be taking the U.S. under-18 national team to France Oct. 27-Nov. 4 as preparations begin to build a team for 2009 Under-20 World Cup
The squad includes 11 players who played at the recent Under-17 World Cup in South Korea -- 10 of whom remain in residency this fall in Bradenton, Fla.
players on MLS Development Academy teams were picked -- two each from Chivas USA (Omar Elmasri
and Mario Ledezma
D.C. United (Shane Cooke
and Chris Hegngi)
The squad also includes St. Benedict's product Vincenzo Bernardo
, who is in his second season in Italian club Napoli's club.
Rongen also is taking Chris
, who is considered one of the country's top prospects. A '91 player -- with eligibility for the next two Under-20 World Cups -- Agorsor plays for Maryland power Casa Mia Bays. He has
accepted a scholarship to attend the University of Virginia but has also been offered a contract by English Premier League Tottenham.
The U-18s will play France, Turkey and Scotland at
the Limoges Tournament. U.S. U-18 Roster GOALKEEPERS:
Josh Lambo (U.S. U-17 residency), Zac MacMath
(U.S. U-17 residency); DEFENDERS:
Mykell Bates U.S. U-17 residency), Omar Elmasri (Chivas USA), Nick Millington (U.S. U-17 residency), Sheanon
Williams (U.S. U-17 residency), Brandon Zimmerman (U.S. U-17 residency); MIDFIELDERS:
Vincenzo Bernardo (Napoli, Italy), Shane Cooke (D.C. United),
Greg Garza (U.S. U-17 residency), Jared Jeffrey (U.S. U-17 residency), Brek Shea (U.S. U-17 residency), Daniel Wenzel (U.S. U-17 residency); FORWARDS:
Chris Agorsor (Casa Mia Bays, Md.), Chris Hegngi (D.C. United), Mario Ledezma (Chivas USA), Alex Nimo (Portland, Ore.), Billy Schuler (U.S. U-17 residency).