Caleb Porter Calls 28 to December U-23 Camp

University of Akron and U.S. U-23 men’s national team coach Caleb Porter invited 28 players today to participate in a training camp from Dec 15 to 23 in Lakeland, Florida.

The group is part of the pool of players who will represent the United States in the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which will take place in late March in Nashville.

Seventeen of the players Porter called ply their trade in Major League Soccer, and six of them have experience with the senior national team. There are 13 graduates of the U-17 residency program in Bradenton, Florida, and six players based in Germany, picking up on USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s recent bent for selecting German-Americans.

Among the new faces (new to us, anyway) are potential Name Hall of Famer Royal-Dominique Fennell of Stuttgarter Kickers, Duke University and Houston Dynamo academy product Sebastien Ibeagha, Jared Jeffrey of Mainz and Jann George of Nurnberg.

One other note before we list the roster: No Juan Agudelo. Hmmm.

Here’s the entire group:

GOALKEEPERS (4): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Zac MacMath (Philadelphia Union)

DEFENDERS (8): Gale Agbossoumonde (Eintracht Frankfurt), RoyalDominique Fennell (Stuttgarter Kickers), Sebastien Ibeagha (Duke), Kofi Sarkodie (Houston Dynamo), Zarek Valentin (Montreal Impact), Jorge Villafana (Chivas USA), Andrew Wenger (Duke), Sheanon Williams (Philadelphia Union)

MIDFIELDERS (10): Freddy Adu (Philadelphia Union), Bryan Arguez (Montreal Impact), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Danny Cruz (Houston Dynamo), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabæk), Dilly Duka (Columbus Crew), Jared Jeffrey (Mainz), Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union), Michael Stephens (LA Galaxy)

FORWARDS (6): Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Teal Bunbury (Sporting KC), Jann George (Nürnberg), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union), Andrew Wooten (Kaiserslautern)

The U.S. was drawn into Group A for CONCACAF Olympic qualifying, and will face Canada, Cuba and El Salvador in group matches from March 22-26, 2012, at LP Field in Nashville.

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One comment on “Caleb Porter Calls 28 to December U-23 Camp

  1. RefBaiter says:

    My guess is that they have only called in players who might participate in qualifying.

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