Caleb Porter’s First US U-23 Roster: Gatt, Salgado, Andrew Wooten “Clan,” More…

From US Soccer:

Conor Doyle will be in action for the US (not Ireland)

U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Caleb Porter has named 31 players to the roster for the upcoming training camp in Duisburg, Germany, which also features several players who are age-eligible for the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team. The camp will be held from Nov. 7-16 at the Sportschule Wedau, a German sporting school where the players will train and stay. More players may be added to the roster based on the results of the upcoming MLS playoff matches.

GOALKEEPERS (4) : David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes; Pleasanton, Calif.), Cody Cropper (Ipswich Town; Athens, Ga.), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire, Lilburn, Ga.), Jon Kempin (Sporting KC; Leawood, Kan.)

DEFENDERS (9) : Gale Agbossoumonde (Eintracht Frankfurt; Syracuse, N.Y.), Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin; Berlin, Germany), Sean Cunningham (Molde; Troy, Mich.), Royal-Dominique Fennell (Stuttgarter Kickers; Göppingen, Germany), Greg Garza (Out of Contract; Grapevine, Texas), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Will Packwood (Birmingham City; Concord, Mass.), Zarek Valentin (Chivas USA; Lancaster, Pa.), Ethan White (D.C. United; Kensington, Md.)

MIDFIELDERS (9) : Joe Corona (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Mixx Diskerud (Stabæk; Oslo, Norway), Dilly Duka (Columbus Crew; Montville, N.J.), Jared Jeffrey (Mainz; Richardson, Texas), Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United; San Francisco, Calif.), Tyrone McCargo (Nürnberg; Nürnberg, Germany), Charles Renken (Hoffenheim; Edwardsville, Ill.), Caleb Stanko (Freiburg: Holly, Mich.), Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)

FORWARDS (9) : Terrence Boyd (Hertha Berlin; Berlin, Germany), Conor Doyle (Derby County; McKinney, Texas), Josh Gatt (Molde; Plymouth, Mich.), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim; Silver Springs, Md.), Jerome Kiesewetter (Hertha Berlin; Berlin, Germany), Omar Salgado (Vancouver Whitecaps; El Paso, Texas), Tony Taylor (Atlético Clube de Portugal; Jacksonville, Fla.), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich; Irvine, Calif.), Andrew Wooten (Kaiserslautern; Worms, Germany)

34 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by John on 2011/11/02 at 3:20 PM

    I like.

    I like. A Lot.


  2. Posted by Alex on 2011/11/02 at 3:37 PM

    Agreed, there is very little I dislike about this U23 squad. Hopefully someone will broadcast a game or two from this camp.


  3. Posted by matthewsf on 2011/11/02 at 3:38 PM

    Jared Jeffrey back on the radar.
    Dilly Duka, excellent selection.

    ….and 9 forwards for…3 positions? 2?

    Very interesting.


    • Posted by dth on 2011/11/02 at 3:46 PM

      Duka good player for versatility–can play #10 or either wing, though more of a Spanish-style than pure winger.

      Most surprised by Villarreal–an interesting choice as an attacking ’93. Of course Villyan Bijev is a ’93 based in Germany at the moment, so wouldn’t’ve minded a call-up for him. Still, what I’ve seen of Villarreal’s game is impressive.


  4. will they play any games?

    gotta like how this group looks on paper. interesting to see no hurzeler or mexico-based players besides joe benny.


  5. Posted by dth on 2011/11/02 at 3:43 PM

    Very good roster, yes.

    One comment. I haven’t had the chance to watch Akron this year, but last year they reminded me of Villarreal, playing in a 4-2-2-2, with Nagbe in what we’ll call the Rossi role. Judging by the way players are listed here (Gyau and Gatt at F), I’m guessing the intention is to go 4-3-3.

    The thing to concentrate on, though, is qualifying. It’ll be difficult–hope that Mexico plays well and doesn’t slip up like in 2004, necessitating a do-or-die quarterfinal in which only one of us qualifies for the Olympics. Also note that in-season European players probably won’t be called up.

    Here’s my guess at a starting lineup plus bench players for qualifying: Hamid; Valentin, White, Kitchen, Sh. Williams; Okugo, Diskerud, Gil/Adu; Shea, Agudelo, Gatt. BENCH: Se. Johnson, Adu/Gil, Bunbury, Duka, Balchan, Garza, someone else.


    • Posted by Jared on 2011/11/02 at 4:04 PM

      Can I get excited about Gatt now, dth? Is it hype machine time?


      • Posted by dth on 2011/11/02 at 7:05 PM

        Oh, I’d be excited about him. How many under 20 players have we had play a significant role for a league champion before? Just not over-the-moon excited and proclaim he’s ready to go to a big club right now. That’d be over the top.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/11/02 at 4:17 PM

      I’m not sure Shea plays with the U-23 team anymore. Plus, he may not be stateside soon enough.


      • Has Shea graduated, you think? What do you see happening with other kids that play with the senior team? (Altidore, Agudelo, Adu, Bunburry etc.)


    • I go to Akron. Porter’s switched to a Gaurdiola/Wenger 4-3-3 this season. Not that that necessarily dictates what happens here. It’s worth noting that the triangle 3 he usually employs a player in the 6 role that isn’t a proper destroyer, because we frankly don’t have one on our roster (It’s been a rotation of three guys – Wil Trapp is an attacking mid through and through, and Michael Balogun and Reinaldo Brenes don’t really seem to be true #6’s either).


      • Posted by Ben on 2011/11/04 at 12:52 PM

        How has Wil Trapp been looking? I followed him a bit during his HS and Crew Academy career but haven’t had much of a chance to see many Akron games this year.


        • On the whole, strong. Some games he bosses the midfield, but other times he’s been invisible. Goes with being a freshman, and he suffers from the same consistency problems that sort of typify this year’s much younger zips squad.


  6. Posted by justin on 2011/11/02 at 4:15 PM

    Does anyone have a good link that explains qualifying for the olympics… i.e. rules, structure, competition dates?


    • Posted by zacb on 2011/11/03 at 6:58 AM

      Use the links on Wikipedia’s 2012 Olympic page. Nice breakdowns for all zones both men’s and women’s


  7. Posted by matthewsf on 2011/11/02 at 4:23 PM

    Not one midfield destroyer in the bunch by the way. All offensive-minded.


    • Kitchen is listed as a defender, but might figure into the dmid role.


    • Posted by dude on 2011/11/02 at 8:38 PM

      Jared Jeffrey was one of the bright spots in the U-20 world cup that sucked so mightily. You put him as a defensive midfielder with a strong two way player (Okugo?) and any number of our offensive midfielders (Lletget, Adu, Diskerud, Gil all good enough to start), I think we’ve got something.

      However, more likely it’s Kitchen or Okugo paired with him behind the playmaker in a 4-2-1-3 or a stouter 4-2-3-1. I like this group anyway you cut it.


  8. Posted by scipio on 2011/11/02 at 4:36 PM

    Interested to see if Boss can show anything at this camp. Hasn’t had the best of years so far.


    • Posted by mbw on 2011/11/02 at 4:51 PM

      Me too. Somebody is gonna have to play central defense. . . .


      • Posted by Alex on 2011/11/02 at 5:46 PM

        Brooks is supposed to be very highly touted. White has flashed some abilities at DC. Kitchen could be there, but I could see him as a CDM for this team (the role I think he plays best)


  9. Posted by primoone on 2011/11/02 at 5:14 PM

    Gyau and renkin…pairing for years to come.


    • Posted by dth on 2011/11/02 at 7:06 PM

      Gyau is really fast and a great dribbler…but has limited vision and a wayward shot.


  10. Posted by Eric on 2011/11/02 at 5:57 PM

    I haven’t saw this posted here so I’ll say it for those who don’t know, Sean Johnson has got himself a trial at Man United next month.

    Also, I have got a few really close friends who are Norwegian, and specifically Molde FK fans. They are in love with gatt and his speed, and say they like him a bit more at RB actually then RM. Also, Sean Cunningham has got some good reviews from them as well. He is the captain of the reserve team which is the “Champions League” for reserve teams going up against the likes of Liverpool and others. So Cunningham could have some promise as LB or LCB in the future.


  11. Posted by Carlos on 2011/11/02 at 7:42 PM

    Why no Huertzler?


    • Posted by Martin on 2011/11/02 at 9:39 PM


      According to Yanks Abroad, “Hurzeler is still on the books as a German player as he represented their U-17 national team in official European qualifying games. Since he did not play for the US U-20 team at qualifying, he still has yet to file for his one-time change of association with FIFA. He will still need to do this prior to representing the US or US youth teams in offical events.”

      It might be that since he is just 18 they are using this to evaluate the older ones.

      Or it could be that he is waffling on his choice. Maybe Hoeness, Bayern’s President who has a “complicated” relationship with JK ,is bending his ear.

      In which case it’s time for every red blooded USMNT fan to hit the panic button, a very fashionable thing for most USMNT fans.
      Who knows? He’s a kid and, as you may know, kids change their minds.


      • Posted by dth on 2011/11/02 at 10:11 PM

        Wouldn’t hit the panic button over Hurzeler. Good, but not great prospect.

        Bayern fans think their best prospects are in the younger age ranges, particularly Emre Can, who looked magnificent in the u17 World Cup.


        • Posted by Martin on 2011/11/03 at 5:59 AM

          Maybe you wouldn’t dth but USMNT fans have hit the panic button over far less.

          Hurzeler interests me mostly because, since he is Bayern’s, I find the ongoing interplay between JK and Hoeness fascinating.


  12. I know Gatt didn’t play this past weekend due to an injury, but does anyone know if or how much he is supposed to play at this camp?


    • Posted by Martin on 2011/11/03 at 10:36 AM

      Unlikely. He was invited to camp for the experience but he won’t play.

      Hamstrings need time.


  13. Posted by krazymunky on 2011/11/03 at 8:25 AM

    Does playing in the Olympics cap tie you to a country? or is it not considered a ‘competitive’ tournament


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