Perez calls on 35 for U.S. U-18 camp

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The immediate future of the U.S. men's national team is consumed with Olympic qualifying, but the wave of players in the pipeline behind them are getting to work as well.

New U.S. Under-18 coach Javier Perez has called in 35 players for his first training camp since taking over at the helm a little more than a month ago, with a heavy Development Academy presence being a theme on the roster. The week-long camp will take place at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., from March 25-April 1.

Among the players taking part in the camp are 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup participants Mobi Fehr, Alejandro Guido, Paul Arriola, Esteban Rodriguez, Dillon Serna and Matt Dunn. Andrew Oliver, the United States' leading scorer in U-17 World Cup qualifying, will also take part in the camp, fresh off a training stint with the Under-20 national team where he was joined by Fehr, Dunn and Guido.

Two Stoke City youth players will compete at the camp as well, with midfielder Kristian Scott and youth goalkeeper Ethan Horvath making the trip. 

Here is the 35-man roster for the U-18 camp:

U.S. U-18 TRAINING CAMP ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS: Santiago Castano (New York Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Ethan Horvath (Stoke City, Eng; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zackary Steffen (Philadelphia Union; Downington, Pa.), Jacole Turner (Sporting KC; Lee’s Summit, Mo.) 

DEFENDERS: Miguel Alves (PDA; Newark, N.J.), Robert Amick (De Anza Force; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Suliaman Dainkeh (DC United; Reston, Va.), Mobi Fehr (Basel FC, Switzerland; Tokyo, Japan), Dylan Greenberg (Albertson SC; Dix Hills, N.Y.), Trevor Haberkorn (Solar Chelsea SC; Roanoke, Texas), Matthew Habrowski (Derby County Wolves; Berkley, Mich.), Malcolm Harris (Baltimore Bays Chelsea, MD; Damascus, Md.), Jalen Markey (Seattle Sounders FC; Renton, Wash.), Jose Ocampo (CrossFire Premier; Bothell, Wash.), Miguel Polley (Albertson SC; Woodridge, Il.) 

MIDFIELDERS: Marco Delgado (CD Chivas USA; Glendora, Calif.), Matt Dunn (OFK Belgrade, Serbia; Dallas, Texas), Alejandro Guido (Unattached; Chula Vista, Calif.), Romilio Hernandez (Baltimore Bays Chelsea, MD; Lanham, Md.), Koty Millard (S.C. United Battery; Hopkins, S.C.), Antonio Murillo (Downtown Las Vegas Rapids; Las Vegas, Nev.), Adam Najem (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), William Raygoza (LA Galaxy; South Elmonte, Calif.), Kristian Scott (Stoke City; Winterbourne, U.K.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.), Stefanos Stemoulacatos (Empire; Camillus, N.Y.) 

FORWARDS: Jordan Allen (RSL Arizona; Rochester, N.Y.), Paul Arriola (Arsenal FC; Chula Vista, Calif.), Cristian Cruz (San Jose Earthquakes; Hercules, Calif.), Benjamin Lopez (RSL Arizona; San Diego, Calif.), Andrew Oliver (Chicago Fire; Indianapolis, Ind.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.), Esteban Rodriguez (Tijuana, MX; Palmdale, Calif.), Ben Spencer, JR. (CD Chivas USA; Albuquerque, N.M.), Jamie Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)

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22 Responses to Perez calls on 35 for U.S. U-18 camp

  1. Brendan says:

    What up, I played against Jordan Allen when he was still at Aquinas.

  2. DingDong says:

    I thought Guido just signed with Tijuana?

  3. Lampard in the End Zone says:

    Anyone know why Mario Rodriguez or Alfred Koroma were not named?

  4. Craig says:

    No Luis Gil? Nice to see a couple of RSL academy players on it but Gil was a suprise not to be there

  5. Frank says:

    I know he’s young but I thought Junior Flores should be on the list.

  6. Timmy says:

    Gil is a ’93. All these guys are ’94s or ’95s.

  7. Mario A says:

    Luis Gil is 18 and this is an U(nder)18 group.

  8. Timmy says:

    I keep reading that Klinsmann does not want youth players to skip age groups. That’s likely the case with Junior F.

  9. @camparkinson says:

    Great to see Andrew Oliver back in the mix, he looked like the best player for us in the U-17 world cup.

  10. 2tone says:

    Looks like a stacked U-18 camp.

  11. abc says:

    Mobi Fehr (Basel FC, Switzerland; Tokyo, Japan)

    Is this new news? I thought Mobi Fehr was with a club in Tokyo… nice to have another young American moving to a quality European team.

  12. abc says:

    Glad his YNT career didn’t go “up in smoke”…

  13. RogDog says:

    No Jack Mcbean? We must be stacked at forward. Not saying hes a world changer but he is a solid youth prospect who is a pro. Hard to believe he wouldn’t be in the top 35.

  14. funny guy says:

    fagundez?

  15. Timmy says:

    Not a citizen, unfortunately.

  16. Cyrus says:

    Mobi Fehr is Swiss and though he may have signed with Basel, US Soccer often just goes with the club the player is training at.

  17. Timmy says:

    It’s pretty hard to figure out the method to what they’re doing with these call-ins. My best guess is that they don’t want players bouncing between age groups.

    As mentioned below, Flores is a U17, will be eligible for the 2013 U17 World Cup, so he won’t get a call up. Likewise, the two guys you mentioned (and McBean mentioned below) have been with the U20s of late, so I take it the coaches want to keep them there.

    There of course a few exceptions (Esteban, Dunn, Fehr, Oliver) which is where things get confusing.

  18. anon says:

    Gil has professional fish to fry.

  19. As a galaxy fan, and so cal resident, I would really like to see them produce more young talent.

  20. Dinho says:

    Is Jaime Villarreal related to Jose??

  21. Artie says:

    “Matt Dunn (OFK Belgrade, Serbia; Dallas, Texas)”

    How does a non-Slavic 17 year old kid from Dallas end up playing for a mid-table Serbian team?

  22. Artie says:

    Should’ve googled first and found this:

    link to mlssoccer.com

    Good for him, looking for a chance to contribute right away.