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USA Roster Features Seven MLS Players

November 11, 2010 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Atlanta Beat News Release

KENNESAW, GA (November 4, 2010) - U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has finalized 18 of the 20 players that will participate in 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. will face Colombia on Nov. 26 and Mexico on Nov. 28 in the 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 ( or by calling 678-298-4780.

Rejoining 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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