He didn’t summon Juan Agudelo, who’s currently training with Liverpool, but new U.S. U-23 coach Caleb Porter did call two names that were conspicuous by their absence when Porter announced his initial 28-man roster last Thursday—Borussia Dortmund forward Terrence Boyd and UCLA midfielder Kelyn Rowe.
Boyd scored two goals in the last U-23 camp, in Germany, and looked like a strong, skillful striker who could challenge for a senior national team spot soon.
Rowe just finished leading UCLA to the NCAA final four in Hoover, Alabama, where the Bruins lost to North Carolina on penalties in the semifinals. A sophomore, he was named 2011 Pac-12 Player of the Year, and was a second-team All-America selection.
Here’s Boyd’s impressive goal in the U-23s’ friendly against Bayer Leverkusen last month:
The U.S. camp launches tomorrow in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, and runs till Dec 23.