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The U.S. men's national team is preparing for a busy summer, but the U.S. youth national teams are also busy in the coming weeks.
The U.S. Under-20 and Under-18 national teams both called up squads for upcoming matches. The U-18 team is traveling to Portugal to take on Finland (May 27th), Germany (May 28th) and Portugal (May 30th) in the Lisbon International Tournament while the U-20 team will begin preparations for next fall's Under-20 World Cup with a mini-camp and friendlies against Costa Rica down in Florida on May 25th and 27th.
The U-20 team is loaded with pro players (including five FC Dallas players) as well as some top college prospects, including Wake Forest star Ike Opara. The U-18 team features Maryland goalkeeper Zach McMath, standout defender Gale Agboussamonde and Sporting Lisbon defender Gregory Garza.
Here are the rosters for both teams' upcoming events:
U.S. Under-20 national team roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Josh Lambo (FC Dallas; Middleton, Wisc.), Brian Perk (UCLA; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Kyle Davies (FC Dallas; Danville, Calif.), Jorge Flores (Chivas USA; Anaheim, Calif.), Aaron Maund (Notre Dame; Dorchester, Mass.), Ike Opara (Wake Forest; Durham, N.C.), Anthony Wallace (FC Dallas, St. Petersburg, Fla.), Sheanon Williams (unattached; Boston, Mass.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Danny Cruz (Houston Dynamo; Glendale, Ariz.), Dilly Duka (Rutgers University; Montville, N.J.), Jose Gonzalez (Atlante FC; Soquel, Calif.), Jared Jeffrey (Club Brugge; Richardson, Texas), Gerson Mayen (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Alfredo Morales (Hertha BSC Berlin; Berlin, Germany), Brian Ownby (University of Virginia; Glen Allen, Va.), Brek Shea (FC Dallas, College Station, Texas), Guillermo Torres (Longview Lobos HS; Longview, Texas)
FORWARDS (3): Fuad Ibrahim (Toronto FC; Richfield, Minn.), Peri Marosevic (FC Dallas, Rockford, Ill.), Tony Taylor (Jacksonville University; Jacksonville, Fla.)
U.S. Under-18 national team roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Justin Luthy (Columbus Crew Academy; Dublin, Ohio), Zachary MacMath (Maryland; St. Petersburg, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (6): Gale Agbossoumonde (unattached; Syracuse, N.Y.), Chad Barson (University of Akron; Lewis Center, Ohio), Paolo Del Piccolo (Colorado Rush; Lakewood, Colo.), Gregory Garza (Sporting CP; Grapevine, Texas), Kofi Sarkodie (Akron; Huber Heights, Ohio), Zarek Valentin (PA Classics; Lancaster, Pa.);
MIDFIELDERS (6): Jose Altamirano (Del Mar Sharks; San Diego, Calif.), Steven Birnbaum (California; Irvine, Calif.), Miiles Byass (Arsenal FC; Highland, Calif.), Nicholas Millington (Wake Forest; Raleigh, N.C.), Amobi Okugo (San Juan Lightning Crew; Sacramento, Calif.), Dillon Powers (Andromeda; Plano, Texas),
FORWARDS (4): Dion Acoff (Arsenal FC; Upland, Calif.), Will Bates (Richmond Strikers; Chester, Va.), Hasani Sinclair (Schulz Academy; Coral Springs, Fla.), Justin Watson (Bridge FA; Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
What do you think of these squads? What prospects are you excited to see progress? What players are missing that you would like to see called in? Wondering how FC Dallas will be able to run training sessions without five players?
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