USA U18 training camp underway in California
U.S. U-18 MNT head coach Mike Matkovich is currently leading 36 players born in 1993 at a week-long training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Of the players in camp, 32 represent Development Academy clubs, including 20 who participated with Development Academy Select Teams at the 2009 Winter Showcase.
Matkovich and his staff will lead the players through two training sessions per day, with scrimmages against local club teams spread throughout the week before players depart on Jan. 3. All 36 players are age-eligible for both the 2011 and 2013 FIFA Under-20 World Cups.
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS: Ryan Herman (Crossfire Academy; Fall City, Wash.), Jonathan Kempin (Kansas City Wizards Academy; Leawood, Kan.), Andrew Wolverton (Concorde Fire; Snellville, Ga.)
DEFENDERS: Michael Ambrose (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), David Caban (Chicago Fire Academy; Kenosha, Wis.), Sean Cunningham (Derby County Wolves; Troy, Mich.), Nathanael Eggleston (Potomac Academy; Chevy Chase, Md.), George Fradenburg (Birmingham United; Belden Miss.), Bryan Gallego (NY Red Bulls; Kinnelon, N.J.), Kristian Garciamendez (Andromeda; Fairview, Texas), Jordan McCrary (Concorde Fire; Marietta, Ga.), Jon-Paul Medina (California Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Pueblo Ocegueda (Tigres, Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (Edmond, Okla.), Aaron Simmons (Dallas Texans; Mansfield, Texas)
MIDFIELDERS: Seth Casiple (California Development Academy; Sacramento, Calif.), Samuel Coleman (FC Dallas; Norman, Okla.), Amadou Dia (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Sean Davis (NY Red Bulls; Holmdel, N.J.), Daniel Garcia (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Luis Gil (Pateadores; Garden Grove, Calif.), Markhus Lacroix (NJSA; New Egypt, N.J.), Miguel Lopez (Lonestar SC; Alton, Texas), Daniel Metzger (PDA; Holmdel, N.J.), Scott Thomsen (PDA; Brick, N.J.), William Trapp (Columbus Crew Academy; Gahanna, Ohio), DeAndre Yedlin (Crossfire Premier, Lake Forrest Park, Wash.)
FORWARDS:Samuel Adjei (NY Red Bulls; Newark, N.J.), Brandon Allen (PDA; Old Bridge, N.J.), Zachary Batteer (Beadling SC; Pittsburgh, Penn.), Villyan Bijev (Cal Odyssey; Fresno, Calif.), Christopher Davis (Columbus Crew Academy; Blacklick, Ohio), Sean Okoli (Washington Premier FC; Federal Way, Wash.), Jose Rivera (Pateadores; Torrance, Calif.), Jonathan Top (FC Dallas; Fort Worth, Texas), Ryan Zinkhan (Richmond Strikers Academy; Fredericksburg, Va.)