- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On May 12, 2008
- 2 Comments
- Toulon Tournament
U.S. Under-23 national team coach Peter Nowak has named the 22-man roster for the upcoming Toulon Tournament in France. The call-ups here are mostly players that are being looked at a little closer for a roster spot for the Olympics roster later this summer.
Most big names are left off in this case. No Jozy Altidore, Freddy Adu or Michael Bradley. A few MLS guys on this roster, most of whom aren’t seeing a lot of time on the field right now, though there are one or two that have seen starting PT this season.
Here is the full roster:
GOALKEEPERS – Dominic Cervi (out of contract), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake), Quentin Westburg (Troyes)
DEFENDERS – Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Eric Brunner (out of contract), Kyle Davies (Southampton), Michael Gavin (Los Angeles Galaxy), Kamani Hill (Vfl Wolfsburg), Jonathan Leathers (Kansas City Wizards), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Julian Valentin (Los Angeles Galaxy), Rob Valentino (New England Revolution), Blake Wagner (FC Dallas)
MIDFIELDERS – Bryan Arguez (Hertha Berlin), Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo), Greg Dalby (SC Charleroi), Benny Feilhaber (Derby County), Lee Nguyen (Randers FC)
FORWARDS – Gabe Ferrari (Sampdoria), Bryan Jordan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Ellis McLoughlin (Hertha Berlin), Sammy Ochoa (Tecos)
The U.S. team will face Turkey (May 21), Ivory Coast (May 23) and Italy (May 25) in the Toulon Tournament, taking place in France. All the matches will be shown live on Fox Soccer Channel.
A very defensive looking group here but seeing names like Ferrari, Feilhaber and Nguyen sure helps I think. Again, most of the MLS guys won’t affect their clubs all that much with their absences.
You even have a couple guys like Brunner and Cervi who are probably going to be playing for a contract more than anything with this tournament. I kind of think both won’t see a lot of action, unless it is as a sub or something here. Cervi will most likely be backing up Seitz and Brunner has a lot of competition in the back and in the defensive midfield to see action.
Any names jump out at you? I’m not really all that surprised by most of these call-ups.