Newly appointed U.S. national team U-23 Coach Caleb Porter has called in 31 players for a training camp to be held starting November 6 in Duisburg. Twelve of the 31 young invitees earn their paycheck in Germany. The camp, which will be held at the Sportschule Wedau, will end on November 17, with more players from MLS expected to be called in depending on the outcome of MLS playoff games.
Porter himself will not be at the camp, as he is still involved coaching the powerhouse University of Akron Zips towards the conclusion of their NSCAA season. The camp will be run by former U.S. internationals Claudio Reyna and Tab Ramos — Reyna will be in charge of the U-23 players while Ramos will coordinate the training of players in camp who are age-eligible for U-20 play. The camp will take place at the same time as the senior USMNT prepares for friendlies against France and Slovenia under the tutelage of Jurgen Klinsmann.
“It is very important that we are all on the same page in how we are working with the national teams and that we are all pulling in the same direction, since all roads lead to the senior team,” said Klinsmann. “They will have full support from the National Team, and their camps will be run just like ours. In this initial camp they will gather as much information as possible. As this group gets together, it is important for all these players to understand that they have a very unique opportunity.” Porter adds that “the goal was to put together a comprehensive group of players to further evaluate the pool while building towards Olympic qualifying. By having a mix of domestic and overseas-based professionals, we can develop a clearer picture of who can help us in qualifying and hopefully the 2012 Olympic Games.”
With the recent success of German-American Timothy Chandler on the USMNT senior squad, German-based American players should get more opportunities to show their talent. Given the competitiveness of German lower division and reserve squads, along with the heavy financial commitment of German clubs to player development and the willingness of German clubs to give young players real playing time at the top-level of the Bundesliga, the addition of the twelve Americans playing in Germany will increase the depth and talent-level of the U.S. national team in the future.
Here is the camp roster, with German-based players in boldface.
U.S. UNDER-23 ROSTER BY POSITION Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4) : David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes; Pleasanton, Calif.), Cody Cropper (Ipswich Town; Athens, Ga.), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire, Lilburn, Ga.), Jon Kempin (Sporting KC; Leawood, Kan.)
DEFENDERS (9) : Gale Agbossoumonde (Eintracht Frankfurt; Syracuse, N.Y.), Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin; Berlin, Germany), Sean Cunningham (Molde; Troy, Mich.), Royal-Dominique Fennell (Stuttgarter Kickers; Göppingen, Germany), Greg Garza (Out of Contract; Grapevine, Texas), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Will Packwood (Birmingham City; Concord, Mass.), Zarek Valentin (Chivas USA; Lancaster, Pa.), Ethan White (D.C. United; Kensington, Md.)
MIDFIELDERS (9) : Joe Corona (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Mixx Diskerud (Stabæk; Oslo, Norway), Dilly Duka (Columbus Crew; Montville, N.J.), Jared Jeffrey (Mainz; Richardson, Texas), Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United; San Francisco, Calif.), Tyrone McCargo (Nürnberg; Nürnberg, Germany), Charles Renken (Hoffenheim; Edwardsville, Ill.), Caleb Stanko (Freiburg: Holly, Mich.), Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)
FORWARDS (9) : Terrence Boyd (Hertha Berlin; Berlin, Germany), Conor Doyle (Derby County; McKinney, Texas), Josh Gatt (Molde; Plymouth, Mich.), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim; Silver Springs, Md.), Jerome Kiesewetter (Hertha Berlin; Berlin, Germany), Omar Salgado (Vancouver Whitecaps; El Paso, Texas), Tony Taylor (Atlético Clube de Portugal; Jacksonville, Fla.), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich; Irvine, Calif.), Andrew Wooten (Kaiserslautern; Worms, Germany)