Feb. 16, 2012
Chicago, Ill. - UCLA alums Amobi Okugo and Michael Stephens have been selected to the 23-man roster for the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team training camp in Frisco, Tex. from Feb. 19-29. The camp culminates with a match against Mexico's U-23 National Team on Wed., Feb. 29, at FC Dallas Stadium. In addition to the Mexico match, the U.S. U-23s will hold scrimmages against FC Dallas of Major League Soccer on Wed., Feb. 22, and the North American Soccer League's new franchise, the San Antonio Scorpions, on Friday, Feb. 24.
Okugo, who played for UCLA in 2009 before signing with Major League Soccer, finished up his second season with the Philadelphia Union in 2011. The Union 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 last season and was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2009 at UCLA.
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 completed his second season with the club in 2011, playing in 25 games with 12 starts and recording one assist on the year. Stephens was also named the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2008 at UCLA.
The U.S. U-23 National Team will begin qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics on March 22 against Cuba at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn.
U.S. U-23 Men's National Team Roster by Position
Goalkeepers (2): Bill Hamid (D.C. United; Annandale, Va.), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire; Lilburn, Ga.)
Defenders (7): Greg Garza (Club Tijuana; Grapevine, Tex.), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin (Germany); 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.)
Midfielders (6): Joe Corona (Club Tijuana (Mexico); Chula Vista, Calif.), Mixx Diskerud (Stabaek (Norway); Oslo, Norway), Dilly Duka (Columbus Crew; Montville, N.J.), Jared Jeffrey (Mainz (Germany); Richardson, Tex.), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Michael Stephens (LA Galaxy; Naperville, Ill.)
Forwards (8): Freddy Adu (Philadelphia Union; Potomac, Md.), Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls; Barnegat, N.J.), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund (Germany); Berlin, Germany.), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City; Prior Lake, Minn.), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim (Germany); Silver Spring, Md.), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union; Alpharetta, Ga.)