Eight college players called into U.S. U-20 camp
Eight college players will have a chance to earn their way into the squad for this summer’s U-20 World Cup at a training camp being held through April 29 for the U.S. Men’s Under-20 team.
Santa Clara goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh has joined defenders A.J. Cochran (Wisconsin), Eric Miller (Creighton) and Javan Torre (UCLA); midfielders Daniel Garcia (North Carolina), Marlon Hairston (Louisville) and Collin Martin (Wake Forest); and Akron Zips forward Alfred Koroma in the camp at Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
Coach Tab Ramos also called up a total of 24 players including 10 players from Major League Soccer clubs and academies, a pair based in Europe and four attached to Mexican clubs.
“This is a very important camp for us and is a segue toward selecting our final group for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup,” Ramos said in a release on the US Soccer website. “Because it is a domestic camp, we get to have 24 players on hand. We have some players who haven’t been seen and others who were part of the tournament, so we’re really looking forward to seeing how they perform.”
McIntosh, Miller, Torre and Garcia were on the team roster for the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in February. North Carolina’s Boyd Okwuonu and Georgetown’s Brandon Allen were also in the squad that fell to Mexico in the final.
The FIFA U-20 World Cup will be held June 21 to July 13 in Turkey. The U.S. begin play in a “group of death” that includes Spain, France and Ghana on June 21.