CHICAGO (Oct. 27, 2008) -- U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has named 18 players that will travel to Madrid, Spain from Nov. 15-23. The U.S. will play friendlies against reserve teams from Real Madrid (Nov. 19), Athletico Madrid (Nov. 20) and Rayo Vallecano to round out the trip on Nov. 22.
The squad boasts nine professional players who play in seven different leagues around the world, including a pair from Germany’s Hertha Berlin in Bryan Arguez and Alfredo Morales and a duo from Major League Soccer’s FC Dallas in Josh Lambo and Anthony Wallace. Tristan Bowen of the Los Angeles Galaxy, Jorge Flores of Chivas USA and Abdusalam Ibrahim from Toronto FC round out the MLS contingent.
All five of the domestically-based youth players play for clubs from the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Gale Agbossoumonde (IMG), Anthony Arena (Crossfire Premier), goalkeeper Bill Hamid (D.C. United Academy), Josh Hernandez (FC Dallas Juniors) and Zarek Valentin (PA Classics) each represent a different Academy club.
The U-20 Men’s National Team is preparing for CONCACAF Under-20 World Cup qualifying, which will take place in Trinidad early in 2009.
|Agbossoumonde, Gale||D||6-2||185||11/17/91||Syracuse, N.Y.||IMG Academy|
|Arena, Anthony||D||5-11||160||08/03/90||Kenmore, Wash.||Crossfire Premier|
|Arguez, Bryan||M||6-2||175||01/13/89||Miami, Fla.||Hertha Berlin (Germany)|
|Bernardo, Vincenzo||F||5-6||145||05/22/90||Madison, N.J.||SSC Napoli (Italy)|
|Bowen, Tristan||F||5-11||165||01/30/91||Van Nuys, Calif.||Los Angeles Galazy|
|Davies, Kyle||D||5-10||160||04/11/89||Danville, Calif.||Southampton FC (England)|
|Flores, Jorge||M||5-11||150||09/16/89||Anaheim, Calif.||Chivas USA (MLS)|
|Garza, Gregory||M||5-7||140||08/16/91||Grapevine, Texas||Sporting Lisbon (Portugal)|
|Hamid, Bill||GK||6-3||225||11/25/90||Anandale, Va.||D.C. United Academy|
|Hernandez, Josh||M||5-9||145||08/09/90||Dallas, Texas||FC Dallas Juniors|
|Ibrahim, Abdusalam||F||6-0||155||08/15/91||Richfield, Minn.||Toronto FC (MLS)|
|Jeffrey, Jared||M||5-10||170||06/14/90||Richardson, Texas||Club Brugge (Belgium)|
|Lambo, Josh||GK||6-0||205||11/19/90||Middleton, Wis.||FC Dallas (MLS)|
|Morales, Alfredo||M||6-0||160||05/12/90||Berlin, Germany||Hertha Berlin (Germany)|
|Nazzani, Giuseppe||M||5-10||170||06/27/90||Reggio Emilia, Italy||Bologna FC (Italy)|
|Torres, Jose||F||6-2||180||05/28/89||Coronado, Calif.||Loros de Colima (Mexico)|
|Valentin, Zarek||D||5-9||145||08/06/91||Lancaster, Calif.||PA Classics|
|Wallace, Anthony||D||5-11||165||01/26/89||St. Petersburg, Fla.||FC Dallas (MLS)|