Corona among 31 called in for combined USA U-23/U-20 training camp

Corona among 31 called in for combined USA U-23/U-20 training camp

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Corona among 31 called in for combined USA U-23/U-20 training camp

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Joe Corona will get his chance with the United States after all. 

The Tijuana attacker and one-time Mexican youth international is among 31 players called into a United States Under-23/Under-20 combined training camp by new U-23 coach Caleb Porter.

The players will train in Duisburg, Germany, from Nov. 7-16, with U-20 coach Tab Ramos leading those age players and U.S. Soccer youth technical director Claudio Reyna leading the U-23s while U-23 coach Caleb Porter tends to his responsibilities as University of Akron coach. Recently named U-18 coach Richie Williams will also be part of the coaching staff at the camp.

Here is the combined U-23/U-20 roster for the camp:


GOALKEEPERS – David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes; Pleasanton, Calif.), Cody Cropper (Ipswich Town; Athens, Ga.), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire, Lilburn, Ga.), Jon Kempin (Sporting KC; Leawood, Kan.).

DEFENDERS - Gale Agbossoumonde (Eintracht Frankfurt; Syracuse, N.Y.), Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin; Berlin, Germany), Sean Cunningham (Molde; Troy, Mich.), Royal-Dominique Fennell (Stuttgarter Kickers; Göppingen, Germany), Greg Garza (Out of Contract; Grapevine, Texas), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Will Packwood (Birmingham City; Concord, Mass.), Zarek Valentin (Chivas USA; Lancaster, Pa.), Ethan White (D.C. United; Kensington, Md.) 

MIDFIELDERS - Joe Corona (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Mixx Diskerud (Stabæk; Oslo, Norway), Dilly Duka (Columbus Crew; Montville, N.J.), Jared Jeffrey (Mainz; Richardson, Texas), Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United; San Francisco, Calif.), Tyrone McCargo (Nürnberg; Nürnberg, Germany), Charles Renken (Hoffenheim; Edwardsville, Ill.), Caleb Stanko (Freiburg: Holly, Mich.), Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.). 

FORWARDS - Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund; Berlin, Germany), Conor Doyle (Derby County; McKinney, Texas), Josh Gatt (Molde; Plymouth, Mich.), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim; Silver Spring, Md.), Jerome Kiesewetter (Hertha Berlin; Berlin, Germany), Omar Salgado (Vancouver Whitecaps; El Paso, Texas), Tony Taylor (Atlético Clube de Portugal; Jacksonville, Fla.), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich; Irvine, Calif.), Andrew Wooten (Kaiserslautern; Worms, Germany).


"The goal was to put together a comprehensive group of players to further evaluate the pool while building towards Olympic qualifying," Porter said in a U.S. Soccer release. "By having a mix of domestic and overseas-based professionals, we can develop a clearer picture of who can help us in qualifying and hopefully the 2012 Olympic Games."

Other roster notes:

  • Josh Gatt was included for the camp but won't participate on the field because of his recent hamstring injury.
  • Age-eligible senior national team players such as Jozy Altidore, Juan Agudelo and Bill Hamid are not included in this camp and will most likely be part of the team that goes up against France and Slovenia later this month, but they are still under consideration (and are likely shoo-ins) for the Olympics. 
  • Eight MLS players (White, Kitchen, Valentin, Salgado, Duka, Johnson, Kempin and Bingham) will take part in the camp, and more could be added based on how the MLS playoffs unfold.
  • Three players (Agbossoumonde, Diskerud and Johnson) have senior national team caps to their names.
  • Bayern Munich youth product Fabian Huerzeler, who was part of the U.S. U-20 World Cup qualifying team, was not included on the roster.
  • The six players who hail from Germany represent the most from any one area/state. California is next with five players, followed by Texas with four, Michigan with three and Maryland and Georgia with two apiece.


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