U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Caleb Porter has named an initial 19-player roster for training camp that will convene March 13 to begin final preparations for the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying tournament.
A player withdrew from consideration Monday afternoon following confirmation of an injury. Porter will make one addition to the group after obtaining a release from his club.
The official 20-player roster will be finalized March 20, the due date for all participating teams to submit their rosters to CONCACAF. The U.S. will compete in Group A, which kicks off March 22 at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn.
FC Dallas forward Brek Shea, who has appeared in all 10 of the U.S. Men’s National Team matches under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, was the 2011 U.S. Young Male Athlete of the Year and is coming off a strong season with FC Dallas that included MLS Best XI recognition and a nomination for MLS Most Valuable Player.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for these young players to get valuable experience in international competition and ultimately qualify for the 2012 Olympics," said Klinsmann, who won a bronze medal in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. "Playing the Olympic Games is a once in a lifetime chance, and we are fully supporting their efforts to qualify. Some of these players will continue their international careers on the senior team in the future, and these situations allow them the chance to grow individually and experience the ups and downs national teams go through, which is so important for their development."
Also of local interest in the team is Richardson native Jared Jeffrey, who plays for Mainz in Germany.
CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying begins on March 22, with Group A games being played at LP Field in Nashville and Group B games at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The USA was drawn into Group A with Canada, Cuba and El Salvador, while Group B is composed of Mexico, Honduras, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago.
The semifinal and final matches will be played at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., on March 31 and April 2, respectively. Individual tickets are on sale for the games in Nashville and Carson, and series tickets are available for the knockout phase in Kansas City.
U.S. U-23 MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER
Domestic Training Camp – Nashville, Tenn.
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Birth Date Hometown Club
Adu, Freddy M 5-7 150 06/02/89 Potomac, Md. Philadelphia Union
Agudelo, Juan F 6-0 180 11/23/92 Barnegat, N.J. New York Red Bulls
Boyd, Terrence F 6-0 180 02/16/91 Berlin, Germany Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
Bunbury, Teal F 6-1 180 02/27/90 Prior Lake, Minn. Sporting Kansas City
Corona, Joe M 5-10 165 07/09/90 Chula Vista, Calif. Club Tijuana (Mexico)
Diskerud, Mix M 6-0 150 10/02/90 Oslo, Norway Gent (Belgium)
Gatt, Josh D 5-10 165 08/29/91 Plymouth, Mich. Molde (Norway)
Gyau, Joe F 5-8 155 09/16/92 Silver Spring, Md. Hoffenheim (Germany)
Hamid, Bill GK 6-4 225 11/25/90 Annandale, Va. D.C. United
Jeffrey, Jared M 5-11 165 06/14/90 Richardson, Texas Mainz (Germany)
Johnson, Sean GK 6-3 215 05/31/89 Lilburn, Ga. Chicago Fire
Kitchen, Perry D 6-0 160 02/29/92 Indianapolis, Ind. D.C. United
Okugo, Amobi M 5-11 165 03/13/91 Sacramento, Calif. Philadelphia Union
Opara, Ike D 6-2 170 02/21/89 Durham, N.C. San Jose Earthquakes
Sarkodie, Kofi D 5-9 155 03/22/91 Huber Heights, Ohio Houston Dynamo
Shea, Brek F 6-4 190 02/28/90 Bryan, Texas FC Dallas
Stephens, Michael M 5-9 155 03/04/89 Naperville, Ill. LA Galaxy
Valentin, Zarek D 6-0 155 08/06/91 Lancaster, Pa. Montreal Impact
Villafaña, Jorge D 5-9 150 09/16/89 Anaheim, Calif. Chivas USA
Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C. United; Annandale, Va.), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire; Lilburn, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (6): Josh Gatt (Molde; Plymouth, Mich.), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Ike Opara (San Jose Earthquakes; Durham, N.C.), Kofi Sarkodie (Houston Dynamo; Huber Heights, Ohio), Zarek Valentin (Montreal Impact; Lancaster, Pa.), Jorge Villafaña (Chivas USA; Anaheim, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Freddy Adu (Philadelphia Union; Potomac, Md.), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Mix Diskerud (Gent; Oslo, Norway), Jared Jeffrey (Mainz; Richardson, Texas), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Michael Stephens (LA Galaxy; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls; Barnegat, N.J.), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund; Berlin, Germany), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City; Prior Lake, Minn.), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim; Silver Spring, Md.), Brek Shea (FC Dallas; Bryan, Texas)
National Team Staff
Head Coach: Caleb Porter (West Akron, Ohio)
Assistant Coach: Claudio Reyna (Bedford Corners, N.Y.)
Assistant Coach: John Trask (Shorewood Hills, Wis.)
Goalkeeper Coach: Eric Yamamoto (Los Gatos, Calif.)
Fitness Coach: Randy Rocha (Brookeville, Md.)
Team Coordinator: Jon Fleishman (Long Beach, Calif.)
Equipment Coordinator: Jason Peters (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Athletic Trainer: Josh Beaumont (Alhambra, Calif.)
Massage Therapist: Mark Higgins (Tinley Park, Ill.)
Videographer: Troy Bardy (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Press Officer: Michael Kammarman (Chicago)