Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - United States U-23 Men's national team coach Peter Nowak has named 23 players - 19 of which play in Major League Soccer - to participate in the team's second training camp of 2008 from Jan. 26 - Feb. 2 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
"With the qualifying tournament approaching quickly, this is an important camp for us to train and evaluate players," Nowak said. "Having another chance to train in Bradenton will be valuable as we prepare for very challenging Olympic qualifying games in nearby Tampa."
Michael Orozco, who plays for San Luis in Mexico, is one of four players who play professionally outside of MLS, along with Charlie Davies of Hammarby IF (Sweden), Tally Hall of Esbjerg fB (Denmark) and Kamani Hill of Vfl Wolfsburg's (Germany).
The week-long camp will be Nowak's final chance to train and evaluate players before selecting the team that will compete in CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualification from March 11-23 in Los Angeles, Tampa and Nashville. The U.S. will play their three games of the group stage in Tampa against Cuba on March 11, Panama on March 13 and Honduras on March 15.
After group play, the top two teams from each group will advance to the semifinals which will be played on March 20 at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. LP Field will also be the location for the third-place and championship matches on March 23. The two finalists will advance to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Below is the roster called in to the U-23 team camp:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Dominic Cervi (Chicago Fire), Tally Hall (Esbjerg fB), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake).
DEFENDERS (8): Kamani Hill (Vfl Wolfsburg), Patrick Ianni (Houston Dynamo), Chance Myers (Kansas City Wizards), Michael Orozco (San Luis), Mike Randolph (LA Galaxy), Nathan Sturgis (Real Salt Lake), Anthony Wallace (FC Dallas), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC).
MIDFIELDERS (6):Arturo Alvarez (FC Dallas), Maurice Edu (Toronto FC), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas).
FORWARDS (6): Josmer Altidore (New York Red Bulls), Chad Barrett (Chicago Fire), Adam Cristman (New England Revolution), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Robbie Findley (LA Galaxy), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew).