Agudelo, Bowen among U.S. Under-20 call-ups

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New York Red Bulls striker Juan Agudelo and West Ham midfielder Sebastian Lletget are among the players called up for the U.S. Under-20 national team's upcoming participation in the Torneo de las Americas later this month.

The U.S. team will face Colombia on Nov. 26th and Mexico on Nov. 28th at Kennessaw State University in Georgia.

The squad also includes highly-regarded defender Gale Agbossoumonde and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Tristan Bowen.

Here is the full squad:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Cody Cropper (Ipswich Town; Athens, Ga.), Eduardo Fernandez (Real Salt Lake AZ; Casa Grande, Ariz.)

DEFENDERS (7): Gale Agbossoumonde (G.D. Estoril Praia; Syracuse, N.Y.), Bryan De La Fuente (Chivas USA; Bell, Calif.), Greg Garza (G.D. Estoril Praia, Grapevine, Texas), Korey Veeder (Crystal Palace Baltimore; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Parker Walsh (Karlsrucher SC; Roanoke, Va.), TBD, TBD

MIDFIELDERS (7): Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United; San Francisco, Calif.), Alex Molano (NK Dinamo Zagreb; Grapevine, Texas), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Moises Orozco (Tigres; Oxnard, Calif.), Conor Shanosky (D.C. United, Sterling, Va.), Alex Zahavi (Maccabi Haifa F.C.; Lisbon, Portugal), Cesar Zamora (Chivas USA; Sylmar, Calif.)

FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls; Barnegat, N.Y.), Tristan Bowen (Los Angeles Galaxy; Van Nuys, Calif.), Fuad Ibrahim (Toronto FC; Richfield, Minn.), Omar Salgado (Unattached; El Paso, Texas)

What do you think of the squad? Who are you excited to see be a part of the group?

Share your thoughts below.

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82 Responses to Agudelo, Bowen among U.S. Under-20 call-ups

  1. Jason says:

    the myth of Alex Abraham Zahavi

  2. Matt in Detroit says:

    No college kids?

  3. Brian says:

    Zahavi, Agudelo, Bowen and Lletget? Ballin’!

  4. tnnelson says:

    theres a lot of promising attacking talent in there, as well as midfield. i’m excited to follow the progression of agudelo and bowen, and lletget is an interesting figure as well, as supposedly his technical ability is second to none amongst other players his age in the west ham development academy. agbossoumonde is exciting too. hopefully a few of these guys go on to be USMNT stars in the future

  5. Tim says:

    So nice to see Lleget and a great bonus to see Zahavi considering both could potential represent different nations.

  6. FutbolUSA says:

    Where’s McInerney?

  7. Chad says:

    I want to go to these games! Where can I get tickets?

  8. Chris says:

    happy to see Okugo on there. I really hope the Union use him more next year, he played pretty well.

  9. Tim says:

    I’m pretty excited about this group of talent. At the very least, they should be interesting to watch. This is without some of the great college talent too. It’s disappointing that both the pros and college talent don’t really get to play together all that often.

  10. Tim says:

    I believe their season will have just ended or very close to it. Rongen is probably giving them a rest.

  11. DeLarge says:

    Where is Jack Mack?

    Nice that Zahavi is there, along with Lletget.

    Gyau? Renken?

  12. Chris says:

    Good question.

  13. jake says:

    Most good college players will be in the NCAA tournament and attending classes. I know the classes part might not be as important to schools, but its fine to keep them on their teams for now.

  14. Brian says:

    Renken blew both of his knees out. Career is probably finished

  15. Raymon says:

    Who knew that Grapevine, Texas, is a hotbed for young talent? Two kids called up from the small city of Grapevine. Congratulations.

  16. Tim says:

    I think Hoffenheim and Gyau thought it would best for him to stay. Gyau will definitely get a look eventually though.

  17. Chris says:

    I just looked up some highlights, the kid looks legit.

  18. Illmatic74 says:

    Two college guys are supposed to be called up as well I wonder who they will be.

  19. Timmy says:

    Powers from ND seems like a gimme. Other options are Valentin and Kitchen at Akron.

  20. J says:

    First time Lletget, Orozco, Bowen, Agudelo, Molano, Zahavi, Salgado have all been in at a camp at the same time. Add Bobby Wood, Adrian Ruelas, Conor Doyle, Jack Mac and we have some serious fire power at this level! not to mention possible future intl’s Mwanga and Najar would be eligible for this WC if they were citizens already!!!

  21. J says:

    also Gyau, Renken, Gil, William Packwood, Soony Saad, Carlos Martinez….

  22. Alex G says:

    The best U20’s ever, this is truly our most talented group in a while, cant wait to see them play, Im particularly interested in Salgado.


    Endline seats start at $14, and if you’re into that sort of thing, our AO Chapter will be buying together for the Mexico game.

  24. Alex G says:

    What happened to Renken? any info on that???

  25. Vatreni says:

    Does anyone have more info on Alex Molano? I was excited when Dinamo Zagreb signed him to their academy last year but haven’t heard anything since.

  26. Timmy says:

    Hey Ives- do you not allow the mention of other soccer blogs on your site? I noticed my colleague’s post from early mentioning one has disappeared.

  27. dman says:

    where are these vids? Never heard of him

  28. Adam R. says:

    Every cycle, it’s easy to fall into the trap that this is our most talented youth crop ever.

    Let’s be honest: even in the best of U-20 crops, if two or three guys move on to help the senior team, that is a huge sucess.

  29. SayWhat? says:

    The most alarming aspect of this is the continued presence of the idiot Rongen.

  30. Ufficio says:

    So federation switches can be done only once per player, even if done at the youth level right? Which would mean Zahavi is now tied to the US for good.

  31. DeLarge says:

    Mix Diskerud? I guess we’re not going back to that well…

  32. Timmy says:

    I’m pretty sure he’s too old…he’s a ’90.

  33. Timmy says:

    He played at the Milk Cup, and did pretty well when I watched. In the finals against Northern Ireland, he started and showed good vision. He also took the set pieces which were hit or miss. Not much info, but that’s all I’ve got. Some other sites did full write ups of the milk cup games along with player raters.

  34. afc says:

    Sebastian Lletget scored the winner against Chelsea U-18s recently. Good to see him back after he was out for a while with medical issues (mono and some blood disease).

  35. afc says:

    He’s at Hoffenheim with Gyau.

  36. Missoula says:

    I’m not convinced this individual actually exists. I want to see some proof before I believe that there is actually a person named Alex Zahavi that plays soccer.

  37. Tim says:

    I doubt he has done that switch just yet because he doesn’t need to do it to go to this camp. He only needs to make it to participate in official competitions so he can still pick between Portugal, Israel, or the US. That said it looks like he will play for the USA

  38. fischy says:

    I believe the rule is that if you’re eligible for more than one federation at the time you play for a youth team, then you do not lose eligibility…unless you’re 21.

  39. J says:

    Im tired of being slagging Thomas Rongen. Guy might have made mistakes in the past but his 2009 squad was very weak, and he has scouted to globe and found many players, most professional, to play for the US this cycle: Adrian Ruelas, Omar Salgado, Alex Molano, Alex Zahavi, Moises Orozco, Victor Garza, Parker Walsh, John Anthony Brooks, are just a few of the players he has found and brought into the US camps for this cycle. Most of these guys werent on the USYNT radar. If the US U20 flames out of this tournament then maybe his position should be questioned but he has worked hard this cycle and unearthed alot of talent.

  40. lasoccer says:

    seconded … it’s time to move on from Rongen

  41. ImaGoalMan says:

    Can’t wait to see the TBD twins in action!

    /ready to coronate the next great U20 player

  42. Diego says:

    I think Jack Mac leads all the forwards and is tied with Ibrahim from mls with 3 goals from only 350 minutes played. He was pretty much a goal scorer with the u-17 in almost every tournament. Scored in the only tournament he played with the u-20’s. Was not able to play with the u-20 because unlike Agudelo, his club needed his services. I hope its an injury or a vacation for jack otherwise this is a pretty big snub, especially to a kid from Georgia.

  43. Diego says:

    I meant leads all forwards from mls.

  44. tommy c says:

    Is Agudelo from Barnegat NY (is there one) or Barnegat NJ?

  45. Nick Herring says:

    Barnegat, NJ. Gotta be a typo

  46. fan man says:

    No Vacation, no injury. Snub

  47. Glass says:

    I don’t think McInerney is good enough for this pool. Agudelo is much better, Ibrahim and Bowen are a little bit better, and Salgado has more potential for the WC. This is one stacked forward pool. This isn’t even counting Doyle, who seems to getting some minutes for the Championship still, or Adrian Ruelas, who did quite well in the Milk Cup. Can all these guys develop to help out the MNT? We need it.

  48. Johny s says:

    Yeah mcinerney just scored more goals in mls than any of the other people with a bad team. Plus the 2 in friendlies against the real chives from Mexico. Add in that he has been the best striker at the last u 17 team. Plus he scored in his only tournament with the u 20s. He is well below par.

  49. Second City says:

    Dont give up on McInerney just yet. That kid is sincerely a natural.

  50. Timmy says:

    I’m guessing that Ruelas would have gotten an invite, but he’s trying to earn a spot with Celtic, so Rongen didn’t call him.

  51. Timmy says:

    This isn’t meant as a slight of Jack Mc. Just an aside regarding Ruelas who looked lethal in the Milk.

  52. Peretz48 says:

    Terrific competition for many of the attacking positions. Disappointed not to see V. Garza, but it is nice to see Lletget called in.

  53. Tim says:

    But it has to be in an official competition so he can play in these friendlies and he means nothing towards his eligibility I believe.

  54. Tim says:

    Based on this past season it is hard to believe you could conclude Ibrahim is better than McInerney.

  55. MicahK says:


  56. Thorpinski says:

    Victor Garza… dude is absolutely unreal

  57. Thorpinski says:

    Renken’s career is back on track and he’s training at Hoffenheim. He’s still only 16 so he may be one for the next cycle.

  58. Thorpinski says:

    Another that I’m would love to see is Ruben Luna. Unfortunately he may never get citizebnship.

  59. Lorenzo says:

    yes, if three guys move on. That is the truth.

    But I think we are at the point now where we hope instead of 2 or 3 solid MNT players we can get 1 out of each class that is a real difference maker, the kind of player WC champs are made out of.

  60. Big Smoke says:

    Salgado too… He gave up a promising Chivas and “El Tri” senior career for the USA (hopefully it sticks).

  61. Brian says:

    There’s nothing about being 21. FIFA changed that

  62. Brian says:

    Yeah no way Ibrahim is better than Mac

  63. Juan from L.A. says:

    I am glad to see Zahavi who of everyone in this list has the highest ceiling and already playing top notch football…sad to see the McKierney got snubbed though…although the forward position is stack!!! Stack!!! In order of preference though I would have 1. Bowen 2. McKierney 3. Agudelo 4. Ruelas 5. Salgado 6 Wood 7 Ibrahim…although Ibrahim and Agudelo can play in the wings or Dempsey-like…and notice I forgot to add the Irish Texan of Conor Doyle…

  64. Neruda says:

    I see Lletget, Gale A., Agudelo and a few others having an impact on the senior team. I’d like to see Bowen develop too. The more goal scorers the better.

  65. AdamTheRed says:

    How is Bowen the top U20 striker? Had a decent run of games during the WC in the absence of LD and Buddle but I just don’t see it.

  66. DC Josh says:

    Obviously much has been said about Lletget. I can’t wait to see young Sebastian. I’ve never seen him on the field.

    Also read a lot about Alex Zahavi. Considering he was a standout on the Portuguese U-17 team, he should be pretty good.

    I hope both decide to represent the red, white and blue at the senior level.

    Will these games be televised????

  67. Lost in Space says:

    Would have liked to have seen Erik Benjaminsen, William Packwood, George Pantelic in the midfield mix as well. Understand that many of the college players like Dillon Powers, Zac MacMath, (Akron’s Starting defense) Kofi Sarkodie, Zarek Valentin, & Perry Kitchen will most likely be in the NCAA Turnament but would have been nice to see them as well.

  68. Rory says:

    Okay, hit us up with the logistics of where the field is, what hotels are nearby and what else there is to do in that part of Georgia.

  69. Rory says:

    whats the story with Luna’s citizenship?

  70. Rory says:

    The rule that applies is that once you participate in a fully sanctioned tournament with a youth team, you will only ever be eligible for whatever teams you were eligible for when you first played with that youth team.


    Juan Candy is a Mexican-Canadian, his dad is Canadian, him mother is Mexican. He moved to the US when he was 17 to play for Chivas USA’s academy. At age 19 he was called in to represent Canada at the concacaf qualifying for the youth world cup. If he plays for Canada then he can only ever be eligible for Canada and Mexico, the two nations he was eligible for when he first played an official youth tournament. He will then NEVER be eligible to represent the US even if he achieves citizenship, marries an American, and tatoos the American flag across his forehead.

  71. Rory says:

    That may all be true… but he’s still creepy. He also wears a bowtie in the booth when calling games. Ugh.

    link to

  72. Rory says:

    That’s odd. I thought TBD was busy since they were the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. (I got that off so you know it has to be true).

  73. Rory says:

    What? New York getting credit for something that’s actually in New Jersey? That can’t be allowed to happen. What’s next, will Jersey still the Jets, Giants, and Red Bulls too?

  74. Rory says:

    But unfortunately Mexico has Chicharitto.

  75. Thor says:

    Initially there were rumours that he would be deported ?? but he went to HS in TX and has been part of FC Dallas for a while now. Hopefully he has at least a green card.

  76. LongTimeFan says:

    I don’t follow youth nats, but it’s cool reading just the names of the forwards. Tip-toeing around politics, most agree the “melting pot” element of American society is/was what helped create such a great country, my guess is it’ll be what helps create a great men’s national team eventually. Kind of reminds me of how France really upped it’s game when the north African presence began to be felt (last WC excepted of course!).

  77. Dainja says:

    GEORGIA JACK!! Look, as an ATLien, the fact Jack Mac isn’t on this list is a crying shame. give the little dun some run on his hometurf (although Kennesaw is FRIGHTENING to us city folks. haha. Yes, this is the city where they used to have a law that you had to own a gun. damn) Hopefully an explanation for his exclusion comes soon.

  78. otergod says:

    lol, wow. Worst post ever

  79. Brian says:

    Yes. I understand that. I know that