Next U-20 cycle begins

[U.S. UNDER-18 MEN] Now that the USA has been eliminated from the 2011 Under-20 World Cup, attention turns to the next cycle of players eligible for the 2013 world championships. U.S. under-18 coach Mike Matkovich will bring 24 players into camp beginning Saturday on the Nike Campus in Beaverton, Ore.

Two MLS players -- Victor Pineda of the Chicago Fire and Jon Kempin from Sporting Kansas City -- will be in the camp during which the U-18s will face the Portland Timbers, University of Portland and University of Washington.
 
U.S. U-18 Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jeff Gal (Sockers FC; Bartlett, Ill.), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City; Leawood, Kans.)
DEFENDERS (8): Jonathan Campbell (NC Fusion; Greensboro, N.C.), Matt Jeffery (PDA; Freehold, N.J.), Mitchell Lurie (Concorde Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.), Timothy Parker (Albertson SC; Hicksville, N.Y.), Grant Silvester (CDA; Sacramento, Calif.), Scott Thomsen (New York Red Bulls Academy; Brick, N.J.), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders Academy; Seattle, Wash.), Walker Zimmerman (Furman University; Lawrenceville, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Stefano Bonomo (De Anza Force; Hillsborough, Calif.), Seth Casiple (CDA; Sacramento, Calif.), Daniel Cuevas Granados (CDA; Sacramento, Calif.), Miguel Lopez, Jr. (Classics Elite; Alton, Texas), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bollingbrook, Ill.), Marcus Salandy-Defour (D.C. United Academy; Kensington, Md.), Christopher Somerville (Baltimore Bays Chelsea; West Chester, Pa.), Gabe Stauber (FC Westchester; Waccabuc, N.Y.), Will Trapp (Crew Soccer Academy; Gahanna, Ohio), Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler (CASL Chelsea SC; Cary, N.C.)
FORWARDS (4): Villyan Bijev (Cal Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Isaac Kannah (Minnesota Thunder Academy; Plymouth Minn.), Luis Rendon (FC Richmond Magic; Chesterfield, Va.), Khiry Shelton (Lonestar SC; Leander, Texas)

2 comments about "Next U-20 cycle begins".
  1. Lloyd Elling, April 13, 2011 at 7:39 a.m.

    Let's hope this group of players have the ball control and possession skills to demonstrate that US Soccer is serious about changing our national approach to this world game. How many of these young men were trained by highly technical skill approaches?

  2. j dugandi, April 13, 2011 at 4:08 p.m.

    I will agree with Lloyd...training! I am looking at the current NorCal bay area names listed and will say they are not the best players in NorCal.

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