U.S. U-20 preparations kick off with mega-camp

[U.S. YOUTH ROSTERS] A new cycle for the U.S. under-20 national team begins Thursday in Bradenton, Fla., with the start of a mega-camp for players born in 1990. They will be joined on Sunday by 16 players -- including Generation adidas signees Josh Lambo and Brek Shea -- who will form the core of the team U-20 head coach Thomas Rongen is taking to the Copa Chivas that begins next week in Guadalajara, Mexico.

A new cycle for the U.S. under-20 national team begins Thursday in Bradenton, Fla., with the start of a mega-camp for players born in 1990 under the direction of U-18 coach Bob Jenkins.

They will be joined on Sunday by 16 players -- including Generation adidas signees Josh Lambo and Brek Shea -- who will form the core of the team U-20 head coach Thomas Rongen is taking to the Copa Chivas that begins next week in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Rongen has named 16 players to his initial roster for the Copa Chivas. They include Anthony Wallace (FC Dallas) and Bryan Arguez (D.C. United), holdovers from the 2007 Under-20 World Cup team, and Chivas USA's Jorge Flores. Rongen will take up to five players from the mega-camp to Guadalajara on Jan. 24.

Qualifying for the 2009 Under-20 World Cup will be played early next year.

U.S. U-20 Boys Roster
GOALKEEPERS: Abdul Hamid (Annandale, Va.), Josh Lambo (Middleton, Wis.)
DEFENDERS: Franklin Blaise (Miami, Fla.), Nick Millington (Raleigh, N.C.), Brek Shea (College Station, Texas), Sheanon Williams (Boston, Mass.), Matthew Uy (New Hyde Park, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS: Bryan Arguez (D.C. United), Amobi Okugo (Sacramento, Calif.), Pablo Punyed (Miami, Fla.), Anthony Wallace (FC Dallas).
FORWARDS: Alex Dixon (Humble, Texas), Jorge Flores (Chivas USA), Felix Garcia (Laredo, Texas), Cristian Gonzales (Miami, Fla.), Ellis McLoughlin (Seattle, Wash.).

U.S. Mega-Camp Roster:
GOALKEEPERS: Rafael Diaz (Rockaway, N.J.), Jason Dodson (Lake Oswego, Ore.), Preston Langholz (Tulsa, Okla.), Alex Long (Cary, N.C.), Zac MacMath (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Cody Mizell (Woodstock, Ga.), Marc Pais (Frontenac, Mo.), David Sarabia (Miami, Fla.).
DEFENDERS: Gale Agbossoumonde (Syracuse, N.Y.), Colin Anderson (Tucson, Ariz.), Chad Barson (Lewis Center, Ohio), Nick Bibbs (Ardmore, Pa.), Steven Birnbaum (Irvine, Calif.), Paolo Del Piccolo (Lakewood, Colo.), Jose Diaz (Fontana, Calif.), Kevin Garcia (Flushing, N.Y.), Eric Martinez (Fort Mill, S.C.), Patrick Matchett (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), Nick Millington (Raleigh, N.C.), Aubrey Perry (Ocoee, Fla.), Andrew Quintana (Miami, Fla.), Jossimar Sanchez (Patterson, N.J.), Kofi Sarkodie (Huber Heights, Ohio), Andrew Savage (Eagle, Idaho), Chris Smith (Chula Vista, Calif.), Zarek Valentin (Lancaster, Pa.), Norris White (Kensington, Md.), Nick Yin (Bethesda, Md.).
MIDFIELDERS: Kwese Alleyne (Miramar, Fla.), Jon Aguirre (Madison, N.J.), John Brown (Clinton, Miss.), Scott Caldwell (Braintree, Mass.), Pablo Cruz (Azusa, Calif.), Kareem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y.), Brian Dominguez (Atlanta, Ga.), Eddie Gonzales (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Jesus Landeros (Oxnard, Calif.), James Nealis (Massapequa, N.Y,), Amobi Okugo (Sacramento, Calif.), Christopher Ortega (Chula Vista, Calif.), Tanner Petrick (Carolton, Tex.), Harrison Petts (Zionsville, Ind.), Christian Ramos (Miami, Fla.), Mike Roman (Oxnard, Calif.), Nicholas Ryan (San Jose, Calif.), Anthony Salciccia (San Jose, Calif.), Steve Saballos (Miami, Fla.), Cody Snyder (Pasco, Wash.), Alec Sundly (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), Jose Tamayo (La Puente, Calif.), Paul Torres (Bethesda, Md.), Korey Veeder (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Parker Walsh (Roanoke, Va.), Raul Yepez (Oxnard, Calif.), Cesar Zamora (Sylmar, Calif.).
FORWARDS: Dersu Abolfathi (Irvine, Calif.), Rodney Ahkeel (Elmont, N.Y.), Akinsanya Adedoja (Sacramento, Calif.), Jose Altimarino (San Diego, Calif.), Eder Arreola (Chino Hills, Calif.), Will Bates (Chester, Va.), Tristan Bowen (Van Nuys, Calif.), John Chavez (Tulsa, Okla.), Ryan Finley (Lumberton, N.J.), Josh Gatt (Plymouth, Mich.), Adam Jahn (El Macero, Calif.), Andrew Lubahn (Erie, Pa.), Zach Portillos (Aurora, Colo.), Christian Quevedo (Smithtown, N.Y.), Kelyn Rowe (Federal Way, Wash.), Hasani Sinclair (Coral Springs, Fla.), Ben Speas (Stow, Ohio).

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