Dec. 13, 2011
Chicago, Ill. - UCLA sophomore Kelyn Rowe and alums Michael Stephens and Amobi Okugo have been selected to the 30-man roster for the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team training camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. from Dec. 15-23. The team will begin its preparations for qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Rowe will make his camp debut in the U-23 age group after earning six caps on the U.S. U-20 National Team. The sophomore midfielder scored six goals and tallied 10 assists during the Bruins' recent run to the semifinals of the NCAA College Cup. Rowe was also named Pac-12 Player of the Year for 2011 and earned second-team All-America honors from College Soccer News.
Okugo, who played for UCLA in 2009 before signing with Major League Soccer, finished up his second season with the Philadelphia Union, who signed him as the No. 6 overall pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. Okugo played in 15 games and made 10 starts for the Union and was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2009.
Stephens was a member of the UCLA Soccer Team from 2006-2009 and was drafted in the first round of the 2010 MLS Superdraft by the Los Angeles Galaxy (No. 16 overall). He just completed his second season with the club, playing in 25 games with 12 starts and recording one assist on the year. Like Rowe, Stephens was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2008 at UCLA.
U.S. U-23 Men's National Team Roster by Position
Goalkeepers (4): David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes; Pleasanton, Calif.), Bill Hamid (D.C. United; Annandale, Va.), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire; Lilburn, Ga.), Zac MacMath (Philadelphia Union; St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Defenders (8): Gale Agbossoumonde (Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany); Syracuse, N.Y.), Royal-Dominique Fennell (Stuttgarter Kickers (Germany); Goppingen, Germany), Sebastien Ibeagha (Duke; Missouri City, Texas), Kofi Sarkodie (Houston Dynamo; Huber Heights, Ohio), Zarek Valentin (Montreal Impact; Lancaster, Pa.), Jorge Villafana (Chivas USA; Anaheim, Calif.), Andrew Wenger (Duke; Lititz, Pa.), Sheanon Williams (Philadelphia Union; Boston, Mass.)
Midfielders (10): Bryan Arguez (Montreal Impact; Miami, Fla.), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana (Mexico); Chula Vista, Calif.), Danny Cruz (Houston Dynamo; Glendale, Ariz.), Mixx Diskerud (Stabaek (Norway); Oslo, Norway), Dilly Duka (Columbus Crew; Montville, N.J.), Jared Jeffrey (Mainz (Germany); Richardson, Texas), Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United (England); San Francisco, Calif.), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Kelyn Rowe (UCLA; Federal Way, Wash.), Michael Stephens (LA Galaxy; Naperville, Ill.)
Forwards (8): Freddy Adu (Philadelphia Union; Potomac, Md.), Terrance Boyd (Borussia Dortmund (Germany); Berlin, Germany), Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo; St. Louis, Mo.), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City; Prior Lake, Minn.), Jann George (Nurnberg (Germany); Nurnberg, Germany), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim (Germany); Silver Spring, Md.), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union; Alpharetta, Ga.), Andrew Wooten (Kaiserslautern (Germany); Worms, Germany)