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Monday, May 12, 2008
Nowak names U-23 roster for Toulon tournament

U.S. U-23 men's national team coach Peter Nowak has named the 22 players who will participate in the Toulon International Tournament in Toulon, France. The team will arrive in Toulon on Thursday, May 15, and will have five days of training before their opening match against Turkey on May 21. (The U.S. also faces the Ivory Coast on May 23 and Italy on May 25.)

"This tournament will give us an opportunity to have a look at some players we have had in previous camps, and also a look at the new faces," said Nowak. "We don't want to be short-sighted with our selection for the Olympics. We want a whole picture that includes a variety of players, and to make sure we see every option before we make final choices."

Overall, the U.S. has made seven previous trips to the invitation-only event, with its most recent appearance in 2001 when the team finished in fifth place.

U-23 roster

GOALKEEPERS: Dominic Cervi, Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake), Quentin Westberg (Troyes AC).

DEFENDERS: Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Eric Brunner, Kyle Davies (Southampton), Michael Gavin (Los Angeles Galaxy), Kamani Hill (Vfl Wolfsburg), Jonathan Leathers (Kansas City Wizards), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Julian Valentin (Los Angeles Galaxy), Rob Valentino (New England Revolution), Blake Wagner (FC Dallas).

MIDFIELDERS: Bryan Arguez (Hertha Berlin), Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo), Greg Dalby (SC Charleroi), Benny Feilhaber (Derby County), Lee Nguyen (Randers FC).

FORWARDS: Gabe Ferrari (Sampdoria), Bryan Jordan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Ellis McLoughlin (Hertha Berlin), Sammy Ochoa (Tecos).

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