Academy's Ibeagha called to U-20s again

Duke University defender could face Canada Dec. 16 and Dec. 18


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Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo

Dynamo Academy defender Sebastien Ibeagha (Fort Bend Hightower, Duke University) is on the 24-player roster finalized by U.S. U-20 men’s national team head coach Thomas Rongen for an upcoming training camp in Sunrise, Fla., from
Dec. 12-19, U.S. Soccer announced today. The camp will include two friendlies against Canada on Dec.
16 and Dec. 18.

Ibeagha made his U-20 national team debut last month in the Torneo de las Americas in Kennesaw, Ga., playing 90 minutes in ties against Colombia and Mexico. He recently completed his freshman season as a starter at Duke and has been a star for the Dynamo Academy since 2008. Ibeagha captained the Dynamo on their 2009 European trip and was an all-Central Conference selection in leading Houston to the USSF Development Academy playoffs in 2009-10.


The U-20 roster for this camp features a combination of nine
players who will be making their first appearance in a U-20 camp and
relative veterans of the program. That contrast can be seen in the pair
of goalkeepers, Zac MacMath and Kevin Piedrahita. MacMath just finished
his junior season at Maryland and is nominated for Best Young Male
Athlete of the Year, while Piedrahita of Colombia’s America de Cali
will be in his first U.S. camp.

In all, the roster features 11
college players and professional players who ply their trade in eight
different countries. There are three representatives of Major League
Soccer, including D.C. United's Conor Shanosky and a pair of
Philadelphia Union players in Jack McInerney and Amobi Okugo.

will anchor the group of midfielders along with Dillon Powers as both
players also played key roles during the 2009 cycle. They will be
joined by collegians Steven Evans (Portland) and Kelyn Rowe (UCLA) and
professionals Joshua Gatt (SC Rheindorf), Joseph Gyau (Hoffenheim) and
Alex Molano (Dinamo Zagreb). Rowe was a stand out on the Crossfire
Premier team that advanced to the championship game in the past two
Development Academy Finals Weeks and is one of eight former Academy
players heading to Sunrise.

Soony Saad is coming off of an
impressive freshman season at Michigan, having led the Wolverines to
their first Final Four. He will be one of two college players among the
group of forwards along with Louisville's Dylan Mares. Fellow forward
Conor Doyle, who is continuing a whirlwind year that has taken him from
the Dallas Texans to Derby County in England, will also participate in
his first camp under Rongen.

U.S. U-20 MNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Zac MacMath (Maryland; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Kevin Piedrahita (América de Cali; Queens, N.Y.)
DEFENDERS (8): Gale Agbossoumonde (G.D. Estoril Praia; Syracuse, N.Y.), Greg Garza (G.D. Estoril Praia; Grapevine, Texas),
Ibeagha (Duke; Missouri City, Texas), Perry Kitchen (Akron;
Indianapolis, Ind.), Eric Schoenle (West Virginia; Yardley, Pa.),
Sweat (South Florida; Palm Harbor, Fla.), Zarek Valentin (Akron;
Lancaster, Pa.), Korey Veeder (Unattached; St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Steven Evans (Portland; Troutdale, Ore.), Joshua Gatt (SC Rheindorf
Altach; Plymouth, Mich.), Joe Gyau (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Silver Spring,
Md.), Alex Molano (NK Dinamo Zagreb; Grapevine, Texas), Amobi Okugo
(Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Dillon Powers (Notre Dame;
Plano, Texas), Kelyn Rowe (UCLA; Newport Beach, Calif.), Conor Shanosky
(D.C. United; Sterling, Va.)
FORWARDS (6): Conor Doyle
(Derby County FC; McKinney, Texas), Dylan Mares (Louisville;
Zionsville, Ind.), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union; Alpharetta,
Ga.), Adrian Ruelas (Celtic F.C.; Fontana, Calif.), Soony Saad
(Michigan; Dearborn, Mich.), Omar Salgado (Unattached; El Paso, Texas)