Caleb Porter has named a 28-man roster for his first camp in charge of the U.S. U-23 men's national team, and there's talent aplenty.
Freddy Adu, Teal Bunbury, Mikkel Diskerud and Bill Hamid are just some of the more well-known names in the eight-day camp that will be held in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. The camp will begin on Dec. 15 and run through Dec. 23 at the Premire Sports Campus, which just finished hosting the Nike International Friendlies.
Here is the full roster:
Goalkeepers: David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Zac MacMath (Philadelphia Union)
Defenders: Gale Agbossoumonde (Eintracht Frankfurt), Royal-Dominique Fennell (Stuttgarter Kickers), Sebastien Ibeagha (Duke), Kofi Sarkodie (Houston Dynamo), Zarek Valentin (Montreal Impact), Jorge Villafana (Chivas USA), Andrew Wenger (Duke), Sheanon Williams (Philadelphia Union)
Midfielders: Freddy Adu (Philadelphia Union), Bryan Arguez (Montreal Impact), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Danny Cruz (Houston Dynamo), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabaek), Dilly Duka (Columbus Crew), Jared Jeffrey (Mainz), Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union), Michael Stephes (LA Galaxy)
Forwards: Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Teal Bunbury (Sporting KC), Jann George (Nurnberg), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union), Andrew Wooten (Kaiserslautern)
The camp will reunite Porter with former Akron Zips Zarek Valentin, Kofi Sarkodie and Bunbury. It will also mark the first time that Porter oversees an U-23 training camp, as he missed the initial one in Germany in November due to his Akron obligations.
Of the 28 players summoned, six ply their trade in Germany, 17 play in MLS and two are college-based. The remaining three play in Mexico, England and Norway.
Some of the notable omissions from this camp include Juan Agudelo and Brek Shea, though their absences might be explained due to their respective training stints with Liverpool and Arsenal.
Perry Kitchen, who played for Porter at Akron, was also excluded from the roster as he recovers from a mild case of turf toe.
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