Salgado, Gil among 36 players called in to U.S. Under-20 training camp

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Vancouver Whitecaps striker Omar Salgado and Real Salt Lake midfielder Luis Gil are among the 36 players called in by head coach Tab Ramos to the U.S. Under-20 national team camp in Fort Lauderdale this week.

Molde fullback Sean Cunningham, Liverpool signee Villyan Bijev, Nuremberg midfielder Tyrone McCargo and SC Freiburg midfielder Caleb Stanko were also among the pros called into the week-long camp in Florida. Recent Los Angeles Galaxy signing Jose Villarreal is also in the group.

Here is the full squad:

GOALKEEPERS– Jesus Guzman (Santos Laguna; Dallas, Texas), Daniel Medina Meza (UANL Tigres; El Paso, Texas), Tyler Miller (Northwestern; Woodbury, N.J.), Andrew Wolverton (Pennsylvania State; Snellville, Ga.). 

DEFENDERS– Bolu Akinyonde (Seton Hall; Brooklyn, N.Y.), Mikey Ambrose (FC Dallas Academy; Frisco, Texas), AJ Cochran (Wisconsin; St. Louis, Mo.), Sean Cunningham (Molde FK; Troy, Mich.), Phanuel Kavita (Clemson; Salt Lake City, Utah), Eric Miller (Creighton; Woodbury, Minn.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (UANL Tigres; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (North Carolina; Edmund, Okla.), Jalen Robinson (DC United Academy; Cantonsville, Md.), Matt Wendelken (Marist; Massapequa, N.Y.), DeAndre Yedlin (Akron; Seattle, Wash.), Walker Zimmerman (Furman; Lawrenceville, Ga.). 

MIDFIELDERS– Seth Casiple (California; Rocklin, Calif.), Daniel Cuevas Granados (Santos Laguna; Sacramento, Calif.), Hector Delgado Cha (Club América; Indio, Calif.), Christian Duarte (Texans SC Houston; League City, Texas), Daniel Garcia (FC Dallas Academy; Dallas, Texas), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Flavio Guzman (FC Dallas Academy; Dallas, Texas), Collin Martin (DC United Academy; Chevy Chase, Md.), Tyrone McCargo (FC Nürnberg; Nürnberg, Germany), Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg; Holly, Mich.), Wil Trapp (Akron; Gahanna, Ohio), Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.). 

FORWARDS– Villyan Bijev (Fortuna Düsseldorf; Fresno, Calif.), Amadou Dia (Clemson; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Alfred Koroma (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Tex.), Duke Lacroix (Pennsylvania; New Egypt, N.J.), Uvaldo Luna Martinez (UANL Tigres; Houston, Texas), Jack McBean (LA Galaxy; Newport Beach, Calif.), Sean Okoli (Wake Forest; Federal Way, Wash.), Omar Salgado (Vancouver Whitecaps; El Paso, Texas). 

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61 Responses to Salgado, Gil among 36 players called in to U.S. Under-20 training camp

  1. Aquaman says:

    “Why you no invite fake Americans, Klinsmann?” – Preston Zimmerman

  2. Alex says:

    No Pelosi? He seems to be tearing it up at Liverpool.

  3. Dude says:

    There are some real no names and some lousy names on this lists, there are of course goods and bass to that. Hopefully some of these guys can make a name for themselves.

  4. hogatroge says:

    The European season is still going strong, which means the EPL reserve league season is too.

  5. x4 says:

    I know the fact that he’s not on this roster means nothing, since he’s playing first team in the EPL, but it seems as decent a place as any to ask, has anyone heard if the US is talking to Blackburn’s Adam Henley, or if he’d have interest in playing for the US? This may have been covered elsewhere here; if so, I apologize, but he looked solid against Man U, as a 17 y/o left back.

  6. hogatroge says:

    I don’t see what freshwater fish has to do with “this lists” at all.

  7. Award says:

    A lot of really talented players at this camp. Good to see a lot of Mexican-American/Latino-American talent on this roster. Santos and Tigres in Mexico are represented well. Villyan Bijev is a beast can’t wait to see this guy in the senior National team squad one day. Hmm, a little interesting Pelosi isn’t with this camp, but Liverpools academy might have not let him go. So excited for the future of the U.S> program. U-20’s look to be heading in the right direction with some very talnted players, the U-23’s look to be loaded with talented players, and the U-17’s have started their campaign in really hot form, and have some exceptionally talented players. Heres to seeing a more attacked minded U.S. program at all levles including the senior team in 2012 and beyond.

  8. Award says:

    He seeems entreched in the Wales program, but who knows he may choose the U.S. in the future.

  9. fischy says:

    Probably why they’re leaving him there.

  10. fischy says:

    Seems there’s at least one — Tyrone McCargo from Nurnberg. Question — was he at the stadion, when the USA met Ghana in Nurnberg? If he was, I’m cool with him.

  11. Powderhorn Pops says:

    At risk of sounding really dumb: Has there always been this many camps or has USSF stepped this up since JK has been around?

  12. fischy says:

    Maybe he means sea bass.

  13. Award says:

    Generally the U-20’s and the USMNT senior squad have January camps every year. The Olympics are around the corner and that is why the U-23’s are holding camps every month heading into Olympic qualifying.

  14. Jamie Z. says:

    If you don’t see the tie in, you have a lot to learn about the youth development system. Fish has everything to do with it.

  15. Powderhorn Pops says:


  16. Amru says:

    It would be great if Salgado got more playing time this year, he looked really dangerous in the GA tour. Also anyone know how Villyan Bijev is doing at fortuna?

  17. wilyboy says:

    Something tells me the senior team is going to see a lost more hispanic players make the roster. Bueno.

  18. camjam says:

    Hope somebody can find them

  19. jgsm1tty says:

    Yeah, I’m hoping Salgado gets more playing time this year too. It will be interesting to see how Rennie manages the strikers. Salgado currently sits behind Hassli, Camillo, and Long Tan. And Attiba Harris will be back this year.

    There’s still a good possibility that Camillo gets moved before the season starts because he is unhappy with his contract.

    Either way, Salgado needs more playing time.

  20. wilyboy says:


  21. Juan from L.A. says:

    The biggest omissions or absenses are Marc Pelosi (Liverpool), Cody Cropper (Goalie that plays in Ipswich), Will Packwood (D from Birmingham), Carlos Martinez (Forward in Energie Cottbus), Matthew Dunn (who just signed with a team in Serbia)…all these I will take over some of the ‘college players’…

  22. fenel says:

    Why is this camp? Is there tournament coming up?

  23. marco says:

    Does this mean Omar and Gil are not being considered for the Olympic side?

  24. marco says:

    This new roster of ‘fake Americans’ must be driving Zimmerman crazy.

  25. Bodine says:

    Does anybody know what is going on with Alejandro Guido? Have not heard anything about him since the U17 World Cup last year. Was hoping to see him in this camp.

  26. abc says:

    I believe Cropper recently got injured.

  27. abc says:

    Salgado is the longest of long shots to even make qualifying, much less the actual Olympic team (18 roster spots with around half a dozen forwards ahead of him).
    Gil should still be in the midfield picture, at least for qualifying, imo.

  28. abc says:

    I believe he is waiting until he turns 18 to sign somewhere?

  29. chris says:

    No way is he behind Long Tan

  30. Dimidri says:

    Shocked to see no Chicago people(besides one Northwestern guy who doesn’t really count)-I was always under the impression it was a pretty good soccer hotspot. Fire have solid youth academy, good youth teams like Sockers FC and the Magic, and generally speaking, good demographics for good soccer players. Yet, on this roster and various u23/u17 rosters recently, no Chicago people. I wonder why.

  31. timothy says:

    It sounded like he was about to sign with Vitesse in the Netherlands

  32. chris says:

    not good enough

  33. maka says:

    Jack McBean?

  34. Oranje says:

    Who/what is a no-name? Just because you haven’t heard of someone doesn’t make them a no-name.

  35. abc says:

    Germans and Poles don’t really get along.

    /Preston Zimmerman

  36. abc says:

    …is listed on the roster?

  37. fischy says:

    Dude is a no-name.

  38. fischy says:

    Why? The eternal question, huh? This is a soccer blog — take your philosophy puzzles elsewhere.

  39. chris says:

    I always love all the hate for these college players. Only 1 year removed from youth national teams but somehow they become bad players

  40. chris says:

    I think this joke gets funnier after the 20th time

  41. ChrisTheLSUTiger says:

    Congrats to Komora for getting a U-20 call up. He really impressed at the U-17 World Cup, but I’m not sure if that was due to his physicality or not (an advantage that would be eliminated at the U-20 level).

  42. Oranje says:

    Why why why? You have absolutely no idea if these players are better than the kids in college, you just know they signed a contract. I know of dozens of kids who had the opportunity to play abroad but did not. It’s a huge life change and goes counter to a lot of long held beliefs about getting an education. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the best kids automatically go to Europe.

  43. RNG says:

    He means there’s something fishy about the list.

  44. roger says:

    I agree.

  45. Aquaman says:

    Maybe he means that boom-ba-doom-boom boom-ba-doom-boom bass

  46. 99>1 says:

    ,fischy said to Aquaman

  47. Darthspud says:

    Nice to see three kids from El Paso, TX making the roster (the Ambrose kid was from El Paso). represent boys.

  48. kj says:

    WTF where is Freddy Adu?

  49. aolsh says:

    I’ve been noticing that too. The winters may be hurting development. Some regions emphasize different sports. For example, in the past 10-20 years Chicago has probably produced the best basketball talent of any of the major US cities.

  50. hogatroge says:

    How could I be so dense!? Clearly he was referring to the “But I know ya’ll wanted that 808 can you feel that B-A-S-S, bass.”

  51. Goalscorer24 says:

    Lots of kids playing in Mexico. I like it.

  52. Well, this is a U20 camp and Freddy is 22. How’s that for an answer?

  53. Juan from L.A. says:

    Uhmm since when is not even a semi pro sheltered environment where they play 80 minutes, unlimited subs, timeouts and 4 months of playing in a year(if that) BETTER than a professional type environment under the tutelage of a professional staff and 1st team…only NAIVE AMERICANS think like you Oranje…

  54. Andy says:

    Just because the rules are different doesn’t mean the players are worse… Yes the professional environment is better than the college one, but the players deserve chances. Have you seen them play? Do you know that they aren’t as good as some of our newly signed professional youngsters?

  55. Andy says:

    Yeah I was under that impression as well. I really liked the look of him from the stuff I saw

  56. Andy says:

    Yeah, where the HELL is Jack McBean…oh, wait.

  57. Phil says:

    As a Railhawk fan I can tell you that Rennie likes to switch up his lineups and will use every player on his bench. He also loves to play younger players so I would expect Salgado to get a good run of playing time.

  58. PD says:

    training with a club in Spain.

  59. Kilnsmann says:

    I was not interested in picking Euro-trash like you

  60. NCMariner says:

    Nice to see Yedlin here. Solid year for Akron and could potentially become Seattle’s first HGP. Can’t wait to see how he develops.

  61. Asante says:

    Another answer to your question is that he is training with the Olympic qualifying team. He can’t be in two places at once.