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Only two months separate the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team from trying to qualify for the 2013 Under-20 World Cup, and head coach Tab Ramos will further preparations and round out the year with a 24-man camp in Florida.
Real Salt Lake’s Luis Gil, Santos Laguna’s Benji Joya and Liverpool’s Marc Pelosi are just three of the players summoned by Ramos for a week-long training camp in Sunrise, Fla. The camp, which is made up of mostly players born in 1993, will run from Dec. 15-22 and will include an intrasquad scrimmage on Dec. 18 and a match against Venezuela three days later. Both games are closed to the public.
Other notable players selected by Ramos for this camp include Southampton goalkeeper Cody Cropper and forwards Jack McBean and Jose Villarreal of the LA Galaxy.
Here is the full 24-man roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton FC; Maple Grove, Minn.), Tomas Gomez (Georgetown; Webster Groves, Mo.), Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara; Santa Rosa, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Dakota Edwards (Maryland; Sayville, N.Y.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Unattached; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (North Carolina; Edmund, Okla.), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Javan Torre (UCLA; Santa Monica, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), Mikey Lopez (North Carolina; Mission, Texas), Collin Martin (Wake Forest; Chevy Chase, Md.), Daniel Metzger (Maryland; Holmdel, N.J.), Marc Pelosi (Liverpool FC; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg; Holly, Mich.), Wil Trapp (Akron; Gahanna, Ohio)
FORWARDS (7): Brandon Allen (Georgetown; Old Bridge, N.J.), Daniel Cuevas (Santos Laguna; Sacramento, Calif.), Daniel Garcia (North Carolina; Dallas, Texas), Darius Madison (Virginia; Philadelphia, Pa.), Jack McBean (LA Galaxy; Newport Beach, Calif.), Mario Rodriguez (1. FC Kaiserslautern; North Hollywood, Calif.), Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)
What do you think of this roster? Any players you wish would have been included? Which of these players do you think will make the final roster for qualifying?
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