Friday, May 13, 2011
Four FC Dallas players selected for U18s
By Buzz Carrick
US U18 coach Mike Matkovic has chosen 20 players to represent the US at the U18 Lisbon Tournament including four FC Dallas players. The U.S. will travel on May 19 to train ahead of three international matches against the Netherlands (May 25), Portugal (May 26) and Finland (May 28).
Micheal Ambrose (Frisco), Jack Coleman (Norman, OK), Boyd Okwuonu (Edmond, OK), and home grown signing Jonathan Top (Ft. Worth) are the four players. The first three are all defenders for the FCD Academy team, while Top is a reserve striker for the professional side. All four players were part of the FCD team that won their group at Dallas Cup.
Only one other club, New York Red Bulls, has more than one player selected with two.
The group also includes all four players - Luis Gil, Boyd Okwuonu, Will Packwood and Alex Shinsky - who represented the United States at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria.
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jeff Gal (Sockers FC; Bartlett, Ill.), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City; Leawood, Kans.).
DEFENDERS (7): Michael Ambrose (FC Dallas Academy; Frisco, Texas), Jack Coleman (FC Dallas Academy; Norman, Okla.), Bryan Gallego (New York Red Bulls Academy; Kinnelon, N.J.), Jordan McCrary (Univ. of North Carolina; Marietta, Georgia), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Tigres, Mexico; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (FC Dallas Academy; Edmund, Okla.), Walker Zimmerman (Furman Univ.; Lawrenceville, Ga.).
MIDFIELDERS (7): Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Daniel Metzger (New York Red Bulls Academy; Holmdel, N.J.), William Packwood (Birmingham City, England; Concord, Mass.), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bollingbrook, Ill.), Alex Shinsky (Univ. of Maryland; York, Penn.), Christopher Somerville (Baltimore Bays Chelsea; West Chester, Pa.), Wil Trapp (Crew Soccer Academy; Gahanna, Ohio).
FORWARDS (4): Villyan Bijev (Cal Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Luis Rendon (FC Richmond Magic; Chesterfield, Va.), Khiry Shelton (Lonestar SC; Leander, Texas), Jonathan Top (FC Dallas; Ft. Worth, Texas)