Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Porter Names Final Roster For US Team At CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament

Head coach Caleb Porter Tuesday announced his final 20-man U-23 Men's National Team roster that will compete in the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament with the goal of making it to the April 2 championship game at Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, KS and be one of the two teams to represent the confederation at the upcoming London Olympics.

The US, as host, were drawn to Group A in the eight-team tournament and will face Cuba (Thursday), Canada (Saturday) and El Salvador (next Monday) in group play games at LP Field in Nashville, TN.

Group B, whose games will take place Friday, Sunday and next Tuesday at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA, will feature Honduras, Mexico, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago.

The top two teams in each group will advance to the tournament semifinals March 31 at Livestrong, with the Group A winner facing the Group B runner-up and vice versa, with those winners making the championship game.

14 of the 20 players selected for the US team come from Major League Soccer franchises.

Here is the US U-23 Men's Olympic Team roster for the tournament:

GOALKEEPERS
Bill Hamid - DC United
Sean Johnson - Chicago Fire

DEFENDERS
Perry Kitchen - DC United
Ike Opara - San Jose Earthquakes
Kofi Sarkodie - Houston Dynamo
Zarek Valentin - Montreal Impact
Jorge Villafana - Chivas USA
Sheanon Williams - Philadelphia Union

MIDFIELDERS
Freddy Adu - Philadelphia Union (team captain)
Joe Corona - Club Tijuana (Mexico)
Mix Diskerud - Gent (Belgium)
Jared Jeffrey - Mainz (Germany)
Amobi Okugo - Philadelphia Union
Michael Stephens - Los Angeles Galaxy

FORWARDS
Juan Agudelo - New York Red Bulls
Terrance Boyd - Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
Teal Bunbury - Sporting Kansas City
Joe Gyau - Hoffenheim (Germany)
Brek Shea - FC Dallas
Tony Taylor - Estoril Praia (Portugal)

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