U.S. U-20 men's national team head coach Thomas Rongen has announced the 21-player roster that will represent the U.S. at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup from Sept. 24-Oct. 16 in Egypt.
The roster features a blend of professional and collegiate players, with two players with prior U-20 World Cup experience in UCLA goalkeeper Brian Perk and FC Dallas defender Anthony Wallace.
"It's a culmination of two years of investing and looking at players through a good training environment and playing high level games and trying to figure out which 21 eventually would represent the United States well in Egypt," said Rongen in a press release. "It's a long process and the coaches take great pride in making sure we select the right players, and we have come to the conclusion that the 21 players we have selected are the guys that will do a great job for our team."
The U.S. team will depart for Larnaca, Cyprus, on Sept. 14 and play a final tune-up against Australia before traveling to Suez, Egypt, on Sept. 21. The U.S. will open against Germany on Sept. 26 (9:55 a.m. ET, ESPN Classic, ESPN360.com) before facing Cameroon on Sept. 29 (ESPN2) and rounding out group play against Korea Republic on Oct. 2 (ESPN2). All three of the USA's group matches will be played at the brand new Mubarak Stadium in Suez.
The U.S. will be competing in its seventh consecutive and 12th overall FIFA U-20 World Cup, previously known as the FIFA World Youth Championship. The U.S. qualified for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup by posting a 2-1-2 record at the 2009 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in March, collecting four straight shutouts before being downed by Costa Rica in the final.
GOALKEEPERS: Sean Johnson (Central Florida), Josh Lambo (FC Dallas), Brian Perk (UCLA)
DEFENDERS: Gale Agbossoumonde (Miami FC), Kyle Davies (FC Dallas), Aaron Maund (Notre Dame), Ike Opara (Wake Forest), Anthony Wallace (FC Dallas), Sheanon Williams (Unattached)
MIDFIELDERS: Danny Cruz (Houston Dynamo), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabak), Dilly Duka (Rutgers), Jorge Flores (Chivas USA), Jared Jeffrey (Club Brugge), Brian Ownby (Virginia), Dillon Powers (Notre Dame), Michael Stephens (UCLA)
FORWARDS: Sam Garza (Denver), Peri Marosevic (FC Dallas), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Tony Taylor (Jacksonville)