|U-23 Roster Gives Coach Caleb Porter and US Fans Hope For Olympics|
|7 things about Alfredo Morales|
The US roster features a healthy mix of experienced players with international club credentials and unproven young talent. Senior players making the move from the USMNT to the U-23 squad include Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), and goalies Bill Hamid (D.C. United) and Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire).
|West Ham midfielder, Sebastian Lletget|
On Feb. 23 the US U-23 team beat FC Dallas 2-1 in a scrimmage. Brek Shea scored the winning goal for the US against his club team. Ike Opara also scored for the US.
|Full scrimmage coverage|
It is very hard to find weaknesses in this squad which will probably employ a 4-3-3 in attack while possibly morphing into a 4-5-1 depending on whether Porter will want to press Mexico or sit behind the ball.
The game against Mexico will conclude the Under-23 training camp. CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying begins on March 22, with Group A games being played at LP Field in Nashville and Group B games at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The USA was drawn into Group A with Canada, Cuba and El Salvador, while Group B is composed of Mexico, Honduras, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago.
GK: Bill Hamid (D.C. United; Annandale, Va.), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire; Lilburn, Ga.)
DEF: Greg Garza (Club Tijuana; Grapevine, Texas), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin; Berlin, Germany), Ike Opara (San Jose Earthquakes; Durham, N.C.), Kofi Sarkodie (Houston Dynamo; Huber Heights, Ohio), Zarek Valentin (Montreal Impact; Lancaster, Pa.), Jorge Villafaña (Chivas USA; Anaheim, Calif.)
MID: Joe Corona (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Mix Diskerud (Gent; Oslo, Norway), Dilly Duka (Columbus Crew; Montville, N.J.), Jared Jeffrey (Mainz; Richardson, Texas), Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United; San Francisco, Calif), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Michael Stephens (LA Galaxy; Naperville, Ill.)
FWD: Freddy Adu (Philadelphia Union; Potomac, Md.), Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls; Barnegat, N.J.), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund; Berlin, Germany), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City; Prior Lake, Minn.), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim: Silver Spring, Md.), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union; Alpharetta, Ga.), Brek Shea (FC Dallas; Bryan, Texas), Tony Taylor (Estoril Praia; Jacksonville, Fla.)
Jon Korn & Christian Araos
ONE GOAL Contributors