U.S SOCCER: U-20s begin preparations in Florida

The U.S. U-20 men's national team will kick off their 2003 preparation for the World Youth Championship this spring in the United Arab Emirates with a 13-day camp in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Jan. 12-24.

The U.S. will play three matches against MLS Combine teams Jan. 1-14 at the Sunrise Hilton and conclude camp with a game against Mexico's U-20s in Florida at a site to be determined.

Missing from the team that took part in CONCACAF qualifying are Bobby Convey, who is with the U.S. national team, European-based David Johnson (Willem II, Netherlands) and Frank Simek (Arsenal, England) and the University of Indiana's Ned Grabavoy.

The 21-man roster in Florida includes two players signed MLS Project-40 contracts: Ricardo Clark and Mike Magee.

Five players are getting a look on the Under-20s thanks to outstanding college campaigns: defenders Drew Moor (Furman), Heath Pearce (Portland) and Troy Roberts (Cal) as well as midfielders Stephen Shirley (Scottish-raised import from NAIA champion Mobile) and Justin Moose (Wake Forest). None of the players have made more than five appearances for the U.S. last year. Pearce, a former U.S. U-17, is making his first appearance for the U-20s.

The U.S. U-20s are coached by a trio of former MLS head coaches: Thomas Rongen, Fernando Clavijo and David Dir.

U.S. U-20 ROSTER:

Goalkeepers -- Clint Baumstark (UAB), Steve Cronin (Santa Clara Univ.), Ford Williams (Univ. of North Carolina).

Defenders -- Ryan Cochrane (Santa Clara Univ.), Jordan Harvey (UCLA), C.J. Klaas (Univ. of Washington), Chad Marshall (Stanford Univ.), Drew Moor (Furman Univ.), Chris Lancos (Univ. of Maryland), Heath Pearce (Univ. of Portland), Troy Roberts (Univ. of California).

Midfielders -- Ricardo Clark (MLS P-40), Justin Mapp (D.C. United), Justin Moose (Wake Forest Univ.), Steven Shirley (Univ. of Mobile), Jordan Stone (Dallas Burn).

Strikers -- Devin Barclay (San Jose Earthquakes), Knox Cameron (Univ. of Michigan), Ed Johnson (Dallas Burn), Mike Magee (MLS P-40), Santino Quaranta (D.C. United).

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