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Nowak calls in 23 for U.S. Under-23 camp


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Jozy Altidore, Sacha Kljetsan and Chris Seitz are among the 23 players called in by coach Peter Nowak for U.S. Under-23 national team camp in Bradenton, Fla.

The week-long camp will serve to help Nowak and his staff make final decisions on the roster for the U.S. Olympic Qualifying Tournament in March.

Also, for those of you who haven’t caught on, the U.S. Under-23 national team is the U-23 team until it actually qualifies for the Olympics. Once it qualifies for the Olympics then the team is called the U.S. Olympic team.

Enough with the semantics. Here is the roster for the upcoming camp, which will take place from Jan. 26 to Feb. 2:

GOALKEEPERS: Dominic Cervi (Chicago Fire), Tally Hall (Esbjerg fB), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS: Kamani Hill (Vfl Wolfsburg), Patrick Ianni (Houston Dynamo), Chance Myers (Kansas City Wizards), Michael Orozco (San Luis), Mike Randolph (LA Galaxy), Nathan Sturgis (Real Salt Lake), Anthony Wallace (FC Dallas), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)

MIDFIELDERS: Arturo Alvarez (FC Dallas), Maurice Edu (Toronto  FC), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas)

FORWARDS: Josmer Altidore (New York Red Bulls), Chad Barrett (Chicago Fire), Adam Cristman (New England Revolution), Charlie Davies (Hammarby IF), Robbie Findley (LA Galaxy), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)

What do you think of this group? Share your thoughts below


  1. and where is jonathan spector ??? lee nguyen plays in Randers FC, and sal zizzo ? Preston Zimmerman , danny szetela, benny feilhaber, johann smith ?

  2. Why does it hurt so bad when guys like TK may be right…maybe we are wasting our time with Kamani Hill. We’ve done it with Kirovski and Conor Casey.

  3. Have to remember being a U-20 doesn’t necessarily fit you in with the U-23s. Guys like Adu, Bradley and Jozy will get picked because their age is irrelevant. But, as good as Zizzo might have been on the wings, is he really going to get selected over Alvarez or Holden, both of whom showed well professionally? Gaven?

    I’m just guessing that Subotic isn’t there for the same reasons as Adu and Bradley (team commitments).

    TK, does Orozco play in central defense or out wide?

  4. Just to clarify. I saw Lee play for about 10 minutes. Yes, once, but the word of mouth from people who saw/see him play regularly was almost excatly the same.

    Great skills (Dutch type skills I heard once) but dissappears for long, long stretches.

  5. Ross,

    I am mostly in Munich and Franfurt.
    Lucky enough to spend a bit of time in Switzerland, France and Holland. I help co-ordintae my companies Central Euro operations. I haven’t seen that many matches live, but I can pretty much get any match I ask for from my associates recorded.

    I’ll I really care about is following our guys if I can.

    It’s also very, very easy to follow the Mexican league. Simply a matter of finding out what Mex games are on the Spanish stations, and knowing if a Yank plays for them. Again, with the net, not hard.

    I don’t post on Big Soccer, to many kids, but they have an incredible list of our players, and where they play. Excellnet source of info for that.

    As for Lee. I saw him once, and the general consensus among the Dutch supporters who were there say that skill isn’t the issue with him. Not consistent enough over 90 minutes, but definitely has skill. Yes, there is a huge firm in Eindhoven we do some business with. Care to guess who?

    I just care about our boys. Not hard to follow there progress if you care to take a few minutes. Otherwise, believe it or not, I don’t care too much about Euro soccer.

  6. Has anybody heard why we have not Brought in NEVIN SUBOTIC? Rated as a top 10 defender in Bundesliga 2 playing for Mainz. US U21 player that deserves to called before he chooses Serbia ov er the USA.

  7. TK, what satellite package do you have, my brother? You’ve seen every minute Kamani Hill played in Germany, watched Orozco play in Mexico, and even seem to know what Nguyen is up to with PSV’s freaking youth team. You’re either completely full of shit or you’ve found the Holy Grail of satellite programming.

  8. Uncle Jason…I could very well be 100% wrong, but I vaguely remember that “over-23 exception rule” being taken away. Again, I’m not positive on this. Hopefully Ives can clear it up for a fellow Jerseyan.

  9. Smith is back with Bolton.

    Quite a few strikers ahead of him.

    Think he turned his ankle at Darlington also.

    Johann has speed to spare, just a matter of how he is used and can he learn enough to be more effective overall.

    That injury before the U20’s really hurt him overall. Tough, tough break. Hope he can get healthy and get in a groove somewhere.

  10. I was also wondering about Johann Smith. I haven’t heard much about him at all this year, but whenever I’ve seen him play, he’s been just a bundle of pace. Anyone know what he’s up to? I know he was sent to Carlisle United on loan and was subsequently injured. Last I heard, I think he was with Darlington?

  11. Orozco gets regular first team minutes for San Luis in the Mexican first division.
    Often starts. I have seen him a few times on the Spanish stations and he looks solid.

    Can’t wait to see how this translates in camp. Should be interesting.

  12. Nguyen has the tools, he just needs regular playing time and experience.

    Will he be a regular Nat? Don’t know.

    If he has the work ethic and mental strength a good pro future is definitley in the cards for him. Skills are that solid.

    There are a couple of real quality players on Jong PSV who don’t get first team time.
    Tough team to break into.

  13. Yeah, whatever happened to Nguyen? Man, I thought that kid was gonna be a player.

    Anyone have any details on Michael Orozco? I’ve never heard of him.

  14. Oh yeah. Dime a dozen US player. Lotta speed and physically looks the part, tactically and technically very weak, by Euro standards.

  15. Ich arbeite in Deutschland fur 4-6 Monat ein Jahr. Mein Freund “taped” die Spiele fur mich wen ich bin in andere Platz.

    Wenn ein Ami spielt will ich ess sehen.

    Nicht perfekt Deutsch aber ich wurde besser.


  16. TK, how did you manage to see “every minute [Kamani] played in Wolfsburg”? Do you have a personal TK satellite hovering over Wolfsburg’s stadium?

  17. I wouldn’t be to quick to want Kamani in SJ.

    This is a clear case of people seeing a guy picked up by a Euro team and just assuming that means he can play. He must have something. It was desperate coach Laus Augenthaler, with no money to spend, trying to save his job, who saw his speed and signed him fo peanuts. Why the hell not?

    I watched every minute he played in Wolfsburg and the poor kid looked so out of place it wasn’t funny. Terrible ball control, poor movement. Yes, desperate Euro coaches can make reaches and errors also. The speed was worth the gamble in Augie’s opion.

    I’ll be deeply surprised if this kid makes any decent impact in MLS. Smart move sending him back to defense. Probably th eonly place he has any real shot at succeeding and having a decent career.
    Sorry folks. Just the reality. Not a bash. He doesn’t have the skills.

    As for the kid from San Luis! I hope he accepts. Looks like a solid pro the few times a have seen him. We are weak at back on this team and he could be the stable presence we are looking for. Can’t wait to see how his training stint turns out.
    Could be a very important inclusion if he pans out. As a regular first division starter in Mexico you gotta figure he has something.

  18. Doug, I am sure Bradley will be added to the Senior team for the Mexico match along with the rest of the important European Players. Can’t wait to see Jozy lighting it up at the Olympics.

  19. Arturo Alvarez, Jozy Altidore, and Robbie Findley! My favorite young players in MLS.

    Michael Orozco (San Luis) – is that San Luis Potosi in Mexico?

  20. Ives, any word on who the three “over-aged” players will be for the US Olympic Squad? Juan Rom├ín Riquelme has already signed up for Argentina and will be a part of their upcoming friendly with Guatemala in Los Angeles.


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