U.S. Under-23 National Team head coach Peter Nowak has called in 24 players to be a part of a two-week training camp from January 6-20 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Nowak, who recently took a much different group to China for two friendlies in December, is using this camp to look at several European-based players as well as nine collegiate players. They will be preparing for the final round of the 2008 CONCACAF Under-23 Championship (March 11-23), where the Americans will face Cuba, Panama and Honduras.
"With Olympic qualifying only two months way, this camp gives us a great opportunity to continue the work we began last month in China," said Nowak in a statement. "There is a tremendous amount of competition for spots on the roster, and we will continue to evaluate players as we focus on developing a team that can qualify for the Olympic Games."
Of the 15 professionals on the roster, nine are from MLS with the other playing for sides in Europe. The overseas contingent includes 1860 Munich’s Steve Purdy, Vfl Wolfburg’s Kamani Hill, Hamburg SV’s Preston Zimmerman, Hammarby IF’s Charlie Davies and Bolton Wanderers striker Johann Smith.
The nine collegiate players on the roster include Boston College goalkeeper Chris Brown, Maryland midfielder Stephen King, UCLA defender Chance Myers and Patrick Phelan and Julian Valentin from National Champion Wake Forest.
GOALKEEPERS: Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake), Chris Brown (Boston College), Billy Chiles (Towson University)
DEFENDERS: Sean Franklin (Cal State Northridge), Steve Purdy (1860 Munich), Patrick Ianni (Houston Dynamo), Greg Dalby (SC Charleroi), Julian Valentin (Wake Forest), Pat Phelan (Wake Forest), Mike Randolph (Galaxy), Chance Myers (UCLA)
MIDFIELDERS: Stuart Holden (Houston), Johann Smith (Darlington), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Stephen King (Maryland), Alejandro Bedoya (Boston College), Eric Avila (UC Santa Barbara), Arturo Alvarez (FC Dallas), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS: Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Charlie Davies (Hammarby), Preston Zimmerman (Hamburg), Chad Barrett (Chicago Fire), Kamani Hill (Vfl Wolfsburg)