Rongen Announces U-20 World Cup Roster

Thomas Rongen announced his roster this morning for the U-20 World Cup, which is coming up in at the end of September.

Here is the roster:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Sean Johnson (Central Florida; Lilburn, Ga.), Josh Lambo (FC Dallas; Middleton, Wis.), Brian Perk (UCLA; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)

DEFENDERS (6): Gale Agbossoumonde (Miami FC; Syracuse, N.Y.), Kyle Davies (FC Dallas; Danville, Calif.), Aaron Maund (Notre Dame; Dorchester, Mass.), Ike Opara (Wake Forest; Durham, N.C.), Anthony Wallace (FC Dallas; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Sheanon Williams (Unattached; Boston, Mass.)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Danny Cruz (Houston Dynamo; Glendale, Ariz.), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabak; Oslo, Norway), Dilly Duka (Rutgers; Montville, N.J.), Jorge Flores (Chivas USA; Anaheim, Calif.), Jared Jeffrey (Club Brugge; Richardson, Texas), Brian Ownby (Virginia; Glen Allen, Va.), Dillon Powers (Notre Dame; Plano, Texas), Michael Stephens (UCLA; Naperville, Ill.)

FORWARDS (4): Sam Garza (Denver; Highland Village, Texas), Peri Marosevic (FC Dallas; Rockford, Ill.), Brek Shea (FC Dallas; College Station, Texas), Tony Taylor (Jacksonville; Jacksonville, Fla.)

I’ll do a more in-depth preview of some of our stars when we get closer to the games, but for now here are the players to watch:

  • Mikkel “Mix” Diskerud – Midfielder
  • Kyle Davies – Defender
  • Tony Taylor – Forward
  • Brek Shea – Forward\Wing
  • Jared Jeffrey – Midfielder
  • Dilly Duka – Midfielder
  • Brian Perk – Goalkeeper

Some notable cuts from the roster:

  • Freddy Adu – still eligible, but he was never seriously considered
  • Jozy Altidore – see Adu, Freddy
  • Giuseppe Nazzani – Italian-based midfielder
  • Vincenzo Bernardo – Italian-based forward
  • Bryan Arguez – German-based midfielder

Here is this morning’s US Soccer podcast featuring Coach Rongen, who gives a bit of insight into the team.

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