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Agudelo, Union trio added to U-23 camp

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With their MLS seasons over after losses in the conference semifinals on Thursday, a handful of up-and-coming players in the U.S. Under-23 and Under-20 pools will get their chance to make their mark ahead of this spring's Olympic qualifiers.

New York Red Bulls forward Juan Agudelo and Philadelphia Union forward Jack McInerney, midfielder Amobi Okugo and right back Sheanon Williams will all join the U.S. U-23 camp in Germany that is set to begin on Monday, raising the number of players in that camp up to 35.

In comments made on USSoccer.com on Thursday, U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann alluded to the fact that Agudelo and Teal Bunbury would be joining the U-23 camp instead of accompanying the senior national team for its friendlies if and when they became available following their clubs' involvement in the MLS playoffs.

According to a press release from the Philadelphia Union, the club's goalkeeper coach, Rob Vartughian, will join the coaching staff for the camp. Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath, however, the starter on the U.S. U-20 World Cup qualifying team, was not added to the camp's roster.

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44 comments
  • sc

    unless adu is going to be a senior team sub in for someone in the playoffs..why isn’t he going?

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  • TommyOC

    So, wait… Klinsmann has the decency to wait ’til Agudelo’s and Bunbury’s seasons are over before calling them up to camp… but he refuses to do the same to Donovan and Beckerman?

    One of them (hopefully Donovan, hehe) will be competing in MLS Cup on the 20th and he’s expecting that person to play an extra match between AND fly 10,000+ miles to boot?!?

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  • Hater

    cause Adu sucks and people are living off of two good games that he has had in this last 5 years.. He is not that good.

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  • Goalscorer24

    TommyOC, different camp, and camp lengths between U23’s and the Senior national team. To attend the U23 camp your MLS season needs to be over.

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  • James

    As a Union fan I am pretty happy for our players. Mostly Williams, he has come on great and getting this call up means he has a chance to really impress and push for a senior cap in the future.

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  • Dinho

    Tommy, the U-23 camp runs from Nov. 7-16….

    If the NYRB or Union would have made the finals, there would be less than 3 days (including travel time) between the last day of camp and the MLS Cup.

    For the senior squad, the deal is apparently that LD or Beckerman will fly back to the US after the 11/11 France game. There’s a difference.

    Regardless, I think it’s stupid for either LD or Beckerman to play in an international fixture (that means nothing) a week before the biggest game of the MLS season.

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  • Dillon

    I am sure he had some good games when he was 13, because that is how old he was 5 years ago.

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  • Alex

    Sheanon Williams is a great story, kinda like the Demerit story. He’s a potential starter for that U23 squad.

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  • Vic

    I think Adu should be called but they don’t like his workrate and he’s not starting for his club.

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  • Eric

    Surprised MacMath was excluded. I understand that we have a bunch of good young goalkeepers right now but I honestly think he could become an eventual US #1.

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  • fifawitz1313

    Suprised Zach Pfeffer from the Union didn’t get a call up as well. Pfeffer is 16 and getting decent some minutes for the Union.

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  • Pauetta

    OOOO, more $hitty playrs from the 2009 U-20 World cup that got bounced from the first round. Wonderful!

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  • fischy

    Wow. There’s always someone, huh?

    It’s a 10-day camp, not a call-up to play in some matches. Next….

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  • fischy

    How is it like the DeMerit story? Williams has been in the national team pipeline since he was a teenaged kid, including playing on national youth teams. He was recruited into one of the top college programs and left after a year for trials with top-tier European clubs. Then, a year with a PDL side, a shorter stint with Harrisburg and then an MLS deal. This is like DeMerit playing pub football until professional teams took notice?

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  • fischy

    Maybe it’s because Pfeffer is only 16, and not at all ready for competition at the U23 level. Let him get experience with the U17s and the U20s first.

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  • hogatroge

    1.) We’re talking about Landon Donovan here, either the #1 or #2 best player we have

    2.) The USMNT is playing a top 10 team away… he’s needed, and he will have over a week to prepare for the MLS Cup if LA goes

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  • hogatroge

    After watching the first Philly-Houston match on TV and going to the 2nd leg last night, I can say Williams was the only Philly defender defending with skill instead of fouls.

    Good selection.

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  • Goalscorer24

    That is the point it is a 10 day camp. They are not going to call them in for two days! Next…

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  • marco

    Agree, there’s no need for Beckerman or Donovan to be on that roster, for even one game. Klinsmann is blind if he thinks Landon is in form, and Beckerman would be DM #6.

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  • esteban de la sexface

    @James – truth. respect to the selection of Williams. He’s had a hell of a season.

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  • esteban de la sexface

    I think Pfeffer has tons of potential but in the regular season games in which he played he didn’t really have a positive impact. Any of the other players on the Union bench would have been just as good (save for McInerny and Adu who are horrendous).

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  • Pauetta

    It was a good team based on what? Your opinion? They were awful. They lost 3-0 to Germany and 3-0 to South Korea. They gave up 8 goals in 3 games. Guess who that back line was?

    Boss – Opara – Williams

    You’re telling me that you’re comfortable using the same back line for the olympics?

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  • fischy

    You do realize that I wasn’t replying to your comment? I was replying to the same one you did.

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  • fischy

    The back line was terrible, no doubt…and probably overhyped — but I think their biggest shortcoming was the coaching.

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  • Mental Assassin

    Cant hate on Adu. Looked like he belonged in the last two games hes played for US. All u can ask of him.a

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  • Dakota Sillyman

    How would you know. I guarantee you haven’t Boss play a game since the South Africa friendly. He currently seems to be doing just fine in Germany.

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  • james

    James said in reply to Pauetta……

    Players like Williams have developed and should be given the chance. Hey are you trying to say that he has not developed…. from what I have seen lately he needs to be called up. He is developing into a great right back and has started just about every game for the Union. Every player is different and every player develops differently but I agrees with many people here….Williams deserves his call up. The kid is showing what he is made of and he looks like he has found a home with the Union in defense.

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  • ps

    Agreed that McMath is an omission… Hopefully we’ll hear he ‘s training overseas or something. Someone please tell me how McIverney rates so high? Adu’s non call is I think due to injury…

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  • rees

    If I’m remembering right, Williams is the only of these additions that was on the 2009 roster…

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  • Edwin in LA

    McInerney is there because he’s so young, he’ll be eligible for the U-20 World Cup in 2013. And he’s already playing for one of the top 6 or 7 teams in MLS.

    Adu is a bit puzzling not being on this combined roster. But to be fair he hasn’t been getting playing time, which honestly I’m not sure why? I mean Michael Farfan has been good but not sure why keep playing both holding mids in Carroll and whomever else if they need a playmaker when they lined up a 4-4-2 or a great winger in a 4-3-3.

    Hope he and Torres can take care of things when they come back next year.

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  • tielor2d

    McInerney was the leading scorer for the u-17’s during their run-up to the 2009 WC. A team that fielded Carlos Martinez, Stefan Jerome, Luis Gil, and Juan Agudelo. Obviously the team vastly underachieved but he has paid his dues in the national team setup. He doesn’t deserve to start for the u-20’s yet but he more than warrants a look.

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  • NBizz5

    Agreed. He plays 7 (I think?) solid games starting in MLS and guys who don’t play are getting called up over him? Confusing.

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