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With their MLS seasons over after losses in the conference semifinals on Thursday, a handful of up-and-coming players in the U.S. Under-23 and Under-20 pools will get their chance to make their mark ahead of this spring's Olympic qualifiers.
New York Red Bulls forward Juan Agudelo and Philadelphia Union forward Jack McInerney, midfielder Amobi Okugo and right back Sheanon Williams will all join the U.S. U-23 camp in Germany that is set to begin on Monday, raising the number of players in that camp up to 35.
In comments made on USSoccer.com on Thursday, U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann alluded to the fact that Agudelo and Teal Bunbury would be joining the U-23 camp instead of accompanying the senior national team for its friendlies if and when they became available following their clubs' involvement in the MLS playoffs.
According to a press release from the Philadelphia Union, the club's goalkeeper coach, Rob Vartughian, will join the coaching staff for the camp. Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath, however, the starter on the U.S. U-20 World Cup qualifying team, was not added to the camp's roster.
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