Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Here We Are!

The U-20 MNT is trickling into Bradenton, Fla. tonight for final preparations leading up to the 2009 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. We'll be here in Florida for about a week, departing for Tobago on March 2. If you haven't heard, this will tell you more about is who is here. Still not enough? Okay, right here is even more info more info about the players and below is a brief breakdown of the group. The YNT Blog will be with you for the duration, as the U.S. attempts to qualify for its record seventh-straight FIFA Under-20 World Cup.


Average Age: 19
Average Caps: 4.3
Most Capss: 17 (Anthony Wallace)
Least Caps: 0 (Six Players: Dilly Duka, Sam Garza, Sean Johnson, Brian Ownby, Billy Schuler, Tony Taylor)
Oldest: 20 (Bryan Arguez)
Youngest: 17 (Gale Agbossoumonde)

10 - Veterans of previous World Cups (U-20 and/or U-17)
9 – Pro players (three defenders, four midfielders, one goalkeeper, one forward)
8 – College players representing eight different colleges
6 – players representing three different MLS Clubs - FC Dallas (4), Houston Dynamo (1), Chivas USA (1)
5 – Players who were part of the U.S. team during the 2007 U-17 World Cup, the previous World Cup cycle for this age group
4 – Players from California, the most of any state
3 – Members of the 2007 U-20 World Cup team that advanced to the quarterfinals in Canada (Arguez, Perk and Wallace)
3 – Players based in European leagues (one each from Belgium, England and Germany)

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