Colombia and Mexico Release Rosters
KENNESAW, GA (November 15, 2010) - Mexico and Colombia released their U-20 rosters today for the NAPA AUTO PARTS Torneo de las Americas from Nov. 26-28 as the second event in the El Patron International Soccer Series in Kennesaw, Ga. The U.S. faces Colombia on Nov. 26, Colombia takes on Mexico on Nov. 27, and Mexico challenges the U.S. on Nov. 28 in a three-team round robin tournament held at the Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium.
Tickets to the event start at $14 and are available through the Atlanta Beat website (www.theatlantabeat.com) or by calling 678-298-4780. Tickets are also available at all CV Futbol Stores (Norcross: 770-453-1405) (Marietta: 678-354-5535) (Rome: 706-295-2818) and H-Mart locations (Duluth: 678-543-4000) (Riverdale: 678-435-0909) (John's Creek: 678-317-0240) (Suwanee: 770-932-9511) (Doraville: 770-986-2300).
Both rosters feature professional players from clubs in Colombia and Mexico. Ten players from Colombia are featured prominently with their First Division pro sides and 11 of the national team players from Mexico, who have played with their club's first team, also appear regularly on their club's reserve (second tier) squads. Mexico also has three players with Champions League experience, two with Superliga experience, and two with Copa Libertadores experience.
The Mexico U-20 National Team is lead by a group of six players from Chivas Guadalajara and fives from Atlas. Pumas has three players represented and Monterrey Rayados has two.
It will be a match of Mexican First Division teammates from Tigres when the USA plays Mexico as U.S. player Moises Orozco and Mexico player Jorge Valencia meet on opposing sides of the pitch.
Colombia and Mexico are considered early favorites to win the FIFA Under 20 World Cup in Colombia in 2011 due to the professional experience in their strong domestic leagues.
Colombia Under 20 National Team Professional Club
JUAN DAVID CABEZAS CUCUTA DEPORTIVO
ANDRES MOSQUERA BOGOTA F. C.
JAVIER CALLE INDEPENDIENTE MEDELLIN
MIGUEL ANGEL JULIO INDEPENDIENTE MEDELLIN
CRISTIAN BONILLA CHICO F. C.
SEBASTIAN VIAFARA DEPORTES QUINDIO
ORLANDO BERRIO ATLETICO NACIONAL
EDWIN ANDRES CARDONA ATLETICO NACIONAL
JONATHAN LARA PATRIOTAS F. C.
RAMIRO ANDRES ESCOBAR DEPORTIVO CALI
FABIAN CASTILLO DEPORTIVO CALI
DIDIER MORENO AMERICA DE CALI
ALFREDO GUERRERO REAL CARTAGENA
PEDRO CAMILO FRANCO CLUB LOS MILLONARIOS
JUAN DAVID DIAZ DEPORTIVO PASTO
ESTIVEN MENDOZA ENVIGADO F. C.
FAIDER FABIO BURBANO ENVIGADO F. C.
JUAN CAMILO SAIZ ENVIGADO F. C.
YESINGUER JIMENEZ ONCE CALDAS
ADOLFO VALENCIA INDEPENDIENTE SANTA FE
EDUARDO LARA Head Coach
JOSE HELMER SILVA Assistant Coach
Mexico Under 20 National Team Professional Club
HECTOR ACOSTA TOLUCA
KRISTIAN ALVAREZ CHIVAS
DIEGO DE BUEN PUMAS
TAUFIC EDUARDO DE BUEN ESTUDIANTES
DAVID IZAZOLA PUMAS
ALEXIS LOERA ATLAS
CARLOS AURELIO TALL DE CORDOBA
JOSE ACEVES QUERETARO
JORGE MORA GUZMAN CHIVAS
JORGE VALENCIA TIGRES
ERICK VERA PUMAS
MARVIN PINON MONTERREY RAYADOS
LUIS MANUEL RAMOS A LA TORRE ATLAS
EDSON RIVERA ATLAS
LUIS ALFONSO RODRIGUEZ MONTERREY RAYADOS
JOSE RODRIGUEZ CHIVAS
MIGUEL SANSORES MORELIA MONARCAS
JORGE ENRIQUEZ CHIVAS
ABRAHAM CORONADO CHIVAS
ALAN ZAMORA ATLAS
ULISES ALEJANDRO DAVILA CHIVAS
SAUL VILLALOBOS ATLAS
JUAN CARLOS CHAVEZ ZARATE Head Coach
SERGIO ALMAGUER Assistant Coach
U.S. Soccer released their NAPA AUTO PARTS Torneo de las Americas U-20 roster on Friday, Nov. 11.
Rejoining head coach Thomas Rongen's squad for the first time since the match against Mexico at the Dallas Cup on March 28 is midfielder Amobi Okugo, who has since made 11 appearances for the Philadelphia Union during his rookie season in Major League Soccer. The 19-year-old was part of the U.S. team that qualified for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship that year.
In total, seven players from MLS will be joining the American team in Georgia, including Juan Agudelo, who recently started both games in the New York Red Bulls playoff series against the San Jose Earthquakes. Tristan Bowen will also be making his first trip to a U.S. camp since November 2008, when he traveled with the U-20 MNT to Spain. Should the Los Angeles Galaxy advance to the MLS Cup final, Bowen will join the team immediately following that game on Nov. 20.
Leagues in seven different countries will be represented on the U.S. team in Kennesaw, including two domestic leagues. Two players from Portugal, Gale Agbossoumonde and Greg Garza, two from England in Cody Cropper and Sebastian Lletget, and one each from Croatia (Alex Molano), Mexico (Moises Orozco), Germany (Parker Walsh), and Israel (Alex Zahavi) join the domestic-based group.
Moises Orozco, born in California, has been playing the last several years with Mexican Club Tigres. This past season he has been a regular with their Under 20 reserve team their 2nd division team as he is pushing for a start with the 1st team.
There are two players without professional experience on the 18-man list. Omar Salgado will enter the Major League Soccer draft in January 2011. The lone youth player is goalkeeper Eduardo Fernandez, who will be the first representative of Real Salt Lake AZ to join a U-20 MNT training camp.
The final two places on the roster will be decided during the NCAA College Cup tournament.
Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cody Cropper (Ipswich Town; Athens, Ga.), Eduardo Fernandez (Real Salt Lake AZ; Casa Grande, Ariz.)
DEFENDERS (7): Gale Agbossoumonde (G.D. Estoril Praia; Syracuse, N.Y.), Bryan De La Fuente (Chivas USA; Bell, Calif.), Greg Garza (G.D. Estoril Praia; Grapevine, Texas), Korey Veeder (Crystal Palace Baltimore; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Parker Walsh (Karlsruher SC; Roanoke, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United; San Francisco, Calif.), Alex Molano (NK Dinamo Zagreb; Grapevine, Texas), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Moises Orozco (Tigres; Oxnard, Calif.), Conor Shanosky (D.C. United, Sterling, Va.), Alex Zahavi (Maccabi Haifa F.C.; Lisbon, Portugal), Cesar Zamora (Chivas USA; Sylmar, Calif.)
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls; Barnegat, N.Y.), Tristan Bowen (Los Angeles Galaxy; Van Nuys, Calif.), Fuad Ibrahim (Toronto FC; Richfield, Minn.), Omar Salgado (Unattached; El Paso, Texas)
Proud Kennesaw-area restaurant partners of El Patron International Soccer Series include California Dreaming, Papí's, Sweet Tomatoes, Taco Mac and Zucca Bar and Pizzeria.
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