He’s been touted as an exceptional talent since at least 2008, when he sparkled at the U-17 national residency program in Bradenton, and this month, 19-year-old Joe Gyau is being called “arguably the most impressive player” in new U.S. U-23 coach Caleb Porter’s training camp in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.
Ives Galarcep wrote a position-by-position breakdown of the current U23 camp over at Fox Sports, and he shares some interesting observations. In addition to Gyau, German-American Terrance Boyd has been a bright spot on the offensive end, with Galarcep calling him “the class of the forward pool.”
On defense, Gale Agbossoumonde of Eintracht Frankfurt has been solid at centerback, and Galarcep says new Montreal Impact signing Bryan Arguez, who signed in Europe as a teenager, has been “one of the truly pleasant surprises” of Porter’s camp, showing good passing skills, an ability to read the game and versatility. He’s played in midfield as well as at centerback. It will be interesting to see him in MLS next season.
Freddy Adu and West Ham’s Sebastian Lletget also receive high marks, but defender and Name Hall of Famer Royal–Dominique Fennell of Stuttgarter Kickers, unfortunately, has sputtered so far in camp.
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The U.S. U-23s open the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament on March 22, 2012, taking on Cuba in Nashville.