December 13, 2012 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Colorado Rapids
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Thursday, December 13, 2012) - Colorado Rapids Homegrown Player Shane O'Neill, a 19-year-old midfielder from Boulder, has been selected to join the United States Under-20 National Team for a training camp this month. O'Neill will join the squad, under the direction of head coach Tab Ramos, from December 15-22 in Sunrise, Fla., with a closed-door friendly match against Venezuela on December 21.
"We're excited that Shane's hard work has paid off with his selection to the Under-20 National Team," said Colorado Rapids Technical Director Paul Bravo. "It's a great honor for him, but also for the club and our academy, and shows that young players in our system are being noticed on a national level."
O'Neill, who made his MLS debut in the 3-0 victory over Portland Timbers on September 5, had previously joined the U.S. U-20's for the Marbella Cup in Spain from October 6-17 of this year. He earned a start in the 2-1 loss to Canada (playing 65 minutes) before an injury kept him out of the remaining two games of the tournament.
The players and coaches will meet in Florida for a week of training as they prepare for the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, which runs from February 18 to March 3 in Puebla, Mexico. The United States was drawn into Group A and will face Haiti and Costa Rica in the first phase, and the four semifinalists in the tournament will automatically qualify for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
U.S. U-20 MNT Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton FC; Maple Grove, Minn.), Tomas Gomez (Georgetown; Webster Groves, Mo.), Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara; Santa Rosa, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Dakota Edwards (Maryland; Sayville, N.Y.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Unattached; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (North Carolina; Edmund, Okla.), Shane O'Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Javan Torre (UCLA; Santa Monica, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), Mikey Lopez (North Carolina; Mission, Texas), Collin Martin (Wake Forest; Chevy Chase, Md.), Daniel Metzger (Maryland; Holmdel, N.J.), Marc Pelosi (Liverpool FC; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg; Holly, Mich.), Wil Trapp (Akron; Gahanna, Ohio)
FORWARDS (7): Brandon Allen (Georgetown; Old Bridge, N.J.), Daniel Cuevas (Santos Laguna; Sacramento, Calif.), Daniel Garcia (North Carolina; Dallas, Texas), Darius Madison (Virginia; Philadelphia, Pa.), Jack McBean (LA Galaxy; Newport Beach, Calif.), Mario Rodriguez (1. FC Kaiserslautern; North Hollywood, Calif.), Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)
The Rapids have begun to set their 2013 preseason schedule, recently adding a match against Chivas USA on February 15 in Las Vegas as part of the Las Vegas ProSoccer Challenge to their participation in the Desert Friendlies presented by Tucson FC . For more information on the team, or to purchase 2013 season tickets, please visit www.ColoradoRapids.com or call 303-825-GOAL.