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Monday, July 20, 2009

Players Starting the Fall Season With Some Extra Practice...

While most of the news these days is about David Beckham's return to MLS, the US' performance in the Gold Cup and MLS' drop in attendance, I'd like to remind everyone that we still have the U-17 World Cup and U-20 World Cup coming up this summer/fall. As part of that, many college players are getting some extra credit training in this summer. While their peers are playing on club and/or PDL teams, there are many college players training and playing matches with the young nats.

Tomorrow, July 21st 2009, the US U-20 team heads to Argentina for a 10-day camp with a couple international matches as part of the Copa Cuidad de Rosario. College players making the trip: Brian Perk - GK UCLA, Gale Agbossoumonde - D UCLA, Ike Opara - D Wake Forest, Dilly Duka - M Rutgers, Brian Ownby - M University of Virginia, Dillon Powers - M Notre Dame, Michael Stephens - M UCLA, Sam Garza - F University of Denver and Tony Taylor - F Jacksonville University. Wow, UCLA is going to have some fit players when they return to NCAA action this fall.

Do you think it will help their campaign to have some many players coming in from National Team camp? There is downside, if these guys perform well and make the U-20 WC team they head to Egypt in late September and could be gone for up to one month.

At the same time the US U-17 men are down in Brazil training and playing in the Copa Macae. These guys are still on their club teams and haven't quite reached college. Most of these guys have been part of the US U-17 Bradenton Residency program but I did see one or two who haven't. It was also interesting to see a couple names from the recent Development Academy Starting XI; Riley Wolfe & Victor Chavez. Another common thread...Parade's annual All-American list.

I don't know about you but I am excited for these events later this year.

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  • Thought I would toss in the Milk Cup U18 guys here as well. They are will be playing at the end of this month in North Ireland.

    Justin Luthy (Boston College; Dublin, Ohio, Zachary MacMath (Maryland; St. Petersburg, Fla.)

    Chad Barson (Akron; Lewis Center, Ohio), Paolo Del Piccolo (Louisville; Lakewood, Colo.), Scott Prozeller (Harvard; Sudbury, Mass.),Jossimar Sanchez (Connecticut; Patterson, N.J.),
    Kofi Sarkodie (Akron; Huber Heights, Ohio), Zarek Valentin (Akron; Lancaster, Pa.)

    Jose Altamirano (San Diego State; San Diego, Calif., Nicholas Millington (Wake Forest; Raleigh, N.C., Amobi Okugo (UCLA; Sacramento, Calif.)

    Will Bates (Virginia; Chester, Va.)
    Ryan Finley (Duke; Lumberton, N.J.)
    Hasani Sinclair (South Florida; Coral Springs, Fla.)

    Of the college guys the group is heavily made up of East Coast guys. Akron has 3 defenders on the squad, and its nice to see my SDSU with a guy on a youth national team.

    Miles Byass, Dion Acoff (both from Arsenal FC in CA) and Harrison Petts (Carmel United) are the developmental academy guys. Gregory Garza (Sporting CP, in Portugal) is the only pro.

    By Blogger Daniel in Denver, at 11:40 AM  

  • Thanks for the addition, Daniel in Denver. I missed that one but have added them in the past. Cheers.

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