Wednesday, December 22, 2010

U.S. Men's Soccer Team Names Training Camp Roster for Chile Matchup

Yesterday, the 24 players selected for training camp for the upcoming friendly match against Chile (January 22) were announced. It's a very young squad with no member registering more than 6 CAPS with the National Team. Here's how the roster breaks down:


Dominic Cervi -  A native of Oklahoma, Cervi went to college at Tulsa and was drafted by the Chicago Fire in the first round of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft, but instead opted to go overseas. The 24 year old keeper is currently on loan to Dundee of the Scottish First Division from Celtic. He has received callups to the Senior National Team before, most recently in November against South Africa, but has yet to log an appearance.

Sean Johnson - The 21 year old Johnson just wrapped up his rookie season in MLS with the Chicago Fire where he started 13 games. Johnson had 3 clean sheets and finished 4-6-3 with 1.31 goals against average. Johnson played his college ball at Central Florida but left after two years to enter the MLS SuperDraft. He was taken in the 4th round (51st pick overall) by the Fire. He has appeared in 4 games with the U-20 National Team, but has yet to make an appearance with the Senior Team.

Matt Pickens - Pickens started all but 1 game for the MLS Champion Colorado Rapids this past season posting a regular season mark of 11-8-10 with a 1.10 goals against average. In the playoffs he was even better allowing just 3 goals in 420 minutes of action including a pair of shutouts. Pickens was drafted in 2004 out of Missouri State as the 19th pick overall by the Chicago Fire (noticing a trend here?). Pickens has no experience with the men's National Team.

Nick Rimando - Real Salt Lake's starting goalie for the past 4 years, the 31 year old Rimando has the most international experience of the 4 keepers selected having 4 CAPS with the senior team. Rimando started 27 games for Real and posted 14 shutouts en route to a 15-4-8 record. He has been the starting keeper for Real since 2007 and he was the MLS Cup MVP in 2009 when Real knocked off the L.A. Galaxy in a shootout. Rimando was drafted by the now defunct Miami Fusion in 2000 with the 35th pick.


A.J. DeLaGarza - A 2-time National Champion in his 4 years at the University of Maryland, DeLaGarza just finished his second season with the Los Angeles Galaxy. In 2010, DeLaGarza played in 17 regular season games, starting 14 of them, and started all 3 of the Galaxy's playoff games. The 23 year old scored 1 goal for the Galaxy last season and typically found himself at the right back position. DeLaGarza has no experience with the National Team.

Sean Franklin - The 2008 MLS Rookie of the Year just completed his third season with the L.A. Galaxy. Drafted by L.A. out of Cal-State Northridge with the 4th overall pick in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft, Franklin has appeared in 65 regular season games with the Galaxy over the past 3 seasons. The 25 year old Franklin has been called up to the National Team in both 2008 and 2009, but has yet to make an appearance.

Omar Gonzalez - Yet another member of the Galaxy defense invited to camp, the 21 year old Gonzalez was also an MLS Rookie of the Year recipient winning the award in 2009. Prior to joining the Galaxy, Gonzalez was at the University of Maryland where he teamed up with A.J. DeLaGarza to win the 2008 National Championship. Gonzalez was then taken as the 3rd overall pick in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. He played in 28 regular season games last season (all starts) and chipped in 2 goals while also adding a goal and an assist in 3 playoff games. Gonzalez made his debut with the Senior National Team following the 2010 World Cup in the USA's friendly against Brazil.

Ugo Ihemelu - Nigerian born Ihemelu wrapped up his sixth MLS season this year, and first with FC Dallas having previously played for the Galaxy (2 years) and Rapids (3 years). Ironically, it was Colorado who would beat Dallas to win the 2010 MLS Cup. Ihemelu played 19 regular season games in 2010 (18 starts) and started and played every minute of all four of Dallas's playoff games. Ihemelu has made two career appearances with the National Team.

Zach Loyd - Another MLS Rookie to be invited to camp, Loyd spent the 2010 season with FC Dallas after being drafted out of North Carolina with the 5th overall pick in the 2010 draft. Loyd appeared in 24 regular season games (19 starts) for Dallas last year and appeared in all 4 of Dallas's playoff games. He logged 86 minutes against Colorado in the MLS Cup Final. The 23 year old Loyd has no previous experience with the National Team.

Ryan Miller - Miller was drafted out of Notre Dame by the Columbus Crew in the 3rd round of the 2008 draft, but never caught on in the MLS. The Crew eventually waived him and he was signed by D.C. United, but he never appeared in a regular season game for either team before being waived again in 2009. Miller has since taken his talents to Sweden where he currently plays for Halmstads BK. Miller started 26 of a possible 30 games for Halmstads BK last season. They finished fifth from the bottom at 10-15-5. Miller has no previous experience with the National Team.

Tim Ream - The rookie out of St. Louis started all 30 games for the Eastern Conference Champion New York Red Bulls last season. A second round pick in the 2010 draft, Ream wasted no time making an impact in the back for New York. His high level of play got him a callup to the National Team for last month's friendly against South Africa where he started and played 67 minutes.

Anthony Wallace - After appearing in only 15 games over 4 seasons with FC Dallas, Wallace was traded midseason to the Colorado Rapids. In his time with Colorado, Wallace started all 7 games he appeard in during the regular season and started all 4 of the Rapids' playoff games en route to the MLS Cup Championship. The 21 year old Wallace has extensive experience with the youth national teams, but this will be his first opportunity with the senior National Team.

Marvell Wynne - The son of the former Major League Baseball player of the same name, Wynne also spent 2010 as a member of the MLS Champion Colorado Rapids. In his first year with Colorado, the 24 year old Wynne started 27 games during the regular season and all 4 playoff games. With 4 CAPS to his name, he is tied as being the second most experienced player on the roster.


Eric Alexander - Alexander was drafted out of Indiana in the 3rd round of the 2010 draft by FC Dallas (44th overall). During the 2010 regular season, he appeared in 17 games (12 of them starts) and had 2 goals and 3 assists. During the postseason he appeared in just 2 of Dallas's 4 games as a sub totalling only 5 minutes of playing time. The 22 year old midfielder has no previous experience with the National Team.

Alejandro Bedoya - After playing his college ball at Fairleigh Dickinson and Boston College, Bedoya bypassed the MLS Draft and pursued a career overseas. In late 2008 he was signed by the Swedish club Orebro SK and he spent both the 2009 and 2010 seasons playing for them. In 2010, Bedoya started 26 games for Orebro scoring a pair of goals helping Orebro finish third in the Swedish Allsvenkanliga with a record of 16-10-4. Bedoya made his first 6 appearances for the senior National Team in 2010, including a pair of starts, making him the most CAP'd player in camp right now.

Sam Cronin - Cronin was the second overall draft pick in the 2009 SuperDraft, selected by Toronto FC. After a year and a half with Toronto he was traded to the San Jose Earthquakes this past June. For the year between the 2 clubs he appeared in 23 games (20 starts) during the regular season and started all three of the Earthquakes' playoff games. Cronin made his National Team debut in 2009 and has tallied two CAPS.

Mikkel Diskerud - Given the option to play for either Norway (born in Norway) or the U.S. (because his mother is from Arizona), the 20 year old Diskerud has chosen to play for the States.  Currently, Diskerud plays for the Norwegian club Stabæk. Diskerud made his National Team debut in November against South Africa, coming on as a sub and assisting on the game-winning goal in the U.S.'s 1-0 victory.

Jeff Larentowicz - In his first year with the Colorado Rapids, Larentowicz was a big part of their championship run. Larentowicz played in all 30 regular season games (29 starts), and every minute of all four playoff games for the Rapids. He tied his career high during the regular season with 4 goals and also added an assist. Larentowicz was a 4th round pick out of Brown in 2005, drafted by the New England Revolution with whom he spent his first 5 MLS seasons. This is his first opportunity to play for the National Team.

Dax McCarty - The 23 year old McCarty has been a member of 3 MLS teams in the past month. After spending his fifth season with FC Dallas, helping lead them to the MLS Cup Finals, he was picked up in the expansion draft by the Portland Timbers and then traded to D.C. United. McCarty played 21 games (18 starts) during the regular season and started all 4 of Dallas's playoff games. He had 1 goal in both the regular season and the postseason. McCarty has 4 CAPS with the National Team.

Brek Shea - 20 year old Brek Shea broke out in his 3rd MLS season with FC Dallas. After being drafted 2nd overall in the 2008 SuperDraft straight out of high school, his playing time has steadily increased in his 3 year career. In 25 regular season games (21 starts), Shea had 5 goals and 4 assists. He also added 2 assists in 4 postseason appearances. Shea was called up to play for the National Team against Colombia in October making him the first player born in the 1990s to get a US CAP.


Juan Agudelo - The Colombian born 18 year old became the youngest player to score for the men's National Team when he scored the game winner in his debut against South Africa in November. Agudelo started his football career at the New York Red Bull Academy in 2007. In 2010 he officially joined the Red Bulls and appeared in 2 games during the regular season as a sub tallying 14 minutes. However, Agudelo started both of the Red Bulls playoff games and notched an assist.

Justin Braun - The 23 year old Braun broke out for Chivas USA in his 3rd season notching 9 goals and 3 assists in 28 games (24 starts). Quite an accomplishment for a player who played his college soccer at Salt Lake Community College and was not drafted by Major League Soccer. While he has trained with the men's National Team before, he has yet to notch an appearance.

Teal Bunbury - The 20 year old Canadian-American played for Canada's U-17 and U-20 teams, but was called up to play for the U.S. against South Africa in November and played 45 minutes as a sub in his first CAP. Playing collegiately for Akron, he left for the MLS SuperDraft after his sophomore year. Bunbury was drafted by the Kansas City Wizards with the 4th overall pick. In his rookie season Bunbury had 5 goals and 2 assists in 26 games (13 starts). Bunbury's father Alex was also an MLSer making Teal the first son of a former MLS player to get drafted.

Chris Wondolowski - After scoring just 7 goals in his first 6 MLS seasons, Wondo broke out big time in 2010 with the San Jose Earthquakes. Wondo took home the Golden Boot in 2010 tallying 18 goals in 28 games (26 starts) during the regular season. He also scored a goal in the postseason against New York leading San Jose to the MLS semifinals. His strong performance in 2010 earned him a trip to camp and he now has a chance to make his first appearance for the National Team.

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