Many of the top young players in MLS are headed to South Africa to play games and attend the World Cup draw during the annual foreign trip by Generation adidas
Five FC Dallas players head the squad, which will be led by Crew head coach Robert Warzycha
and members of his staff, including assistant coach Mike
. It will play three friendlies against reserve teams from clubs in South Africa's Premier Soccer League, attend the World Cup draw Dec. 4 in Cape Town, and visit historic sites such as
Nelson Mandela's House in Soweto, and the Apartheid Museum.
The team will stay for 11 days and return Dec. 8. Not in the squad are MLS Rookie of the Year Omar Gonzalez
of the Galaxy, and No. 1 pick Steve Zakuani
A Generation adidas team visited England last year after a previous trip in 2006, and the 2007 team spent two
weeks in Madrid. The squad: Goalkeepers
-- Stefan Frei (Toronto FC), Josh Lambo (FC Dallas).Defenders
- Chance Myers
(Kansas City), Rob Valentino (Colorado), Jeremy Hall (New York), Brek Shea (FCD), Kevin Alston (New England), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake). Midfielders
- Eric Avila and
Bruno Guarda (both FCD), Roger Espinoza (Kansas City), Baggio Husidic (Chicago), Rodney Wallace (D.C. United), Danny Cruz (Houston).Forwards
- Peri Marosevic (FCD), Chris
Pontius (D.C. United), Ciaran O'Brian (TFC), Patrick Nyarko (Chicago).