Okugo Named to USMNT U-20 Roster
CHICAGO (November 8, 2010) – Philadelphia Union’s Amobi Okugo has been named to the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team roster for the Torneo de las Americas, taking place at the Kennesaw State University in Georgia, November 21-29. Okugo and the National Team will face Colombia on November 26 and Mexico two days later, with both matches scheduled to kick off at 3:30 p.m. EST.
Okugo’s last appearance with Head Coach Thomas Rongen’s squad was against Mexico at the Dallas Cup on March 28, where the U.S. fell 1-0 to its southern neighbors. The 19-year-old was also part of the U.S. Team that qualified for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup last year.
In his rookie season with Philadelphia Union, the midfielder played a total of 11 games (four as a starter) and 437 minutes. Okugo also saw action in the Union’s international friendlies against Scottish Premier League team Celtic FC, English Premier League’s Manchester United and Mexican First Division club Chivas de Guadalajara.
Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cody Cropper (Ipswich Town; Athens, Ga.), Eduardo Fernandez (Real Salt Lake AZ; Casa Grande, Ariz.)
DEFENDERS (7): Gale Agbossoumonde (G.D. Estoril Praia; Syracuse, N.Y.), Bryan De La Fuente (Chivas USA; Bell, Calif.), Greg Garza (G.D. Estoril Praia, Grapevine, Texas), Korey Veeder (Crystal Palace Baltimore; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Parker Walsh (Karlsrucher SC; Roanoke, Va.), TBD, TBD
MIDFIELDERS (7): Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United; San Francisco, Calif.), Alex Molano (NK Dinamo Zagreb; Grapevine, Texas), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Moises Orozco (Tigres; Oxnard, Calif.), Conor Shanosky (D.C. United, Sterling, Va.), Alex Zahavi (Maccabi Haifa F.C.; Lisbon, Portugal), Cesar Zamora (Chivas USA; Sylmar, Calif.)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls; Barnegat, N.Y.), Tristan Bowen (Los Angeles Galaxy; Van Nuys, Calif.), Fuad Ibrahim (Toronto FC; Richfield, Minn.), Omar Salgado (Unattached; El Paso, Texas)
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