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Academy defender called up to U.S. U-20s

Houston Dynamo Academy defender Sebastien Ibeagha, a freshman at Duke University, has been added to the United States U-20 national team roster for the upcoming Torneo de las Americas in Kennesaw, Ga., U.S. Soccer announced today.

Ibeagha, a 2010 graduate of Fort Bend Hightower High School in the Houston area, has been part of the Dynamo Academy since his family moved to Houston in 2008. In 2009, he trained with the Dynamo first team, captained the Academy on its European tour, and was named Dynamo Academy Player of the Year. Last year, he was named to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Central Starting First XI for the 2009-10 season after leading the Dynamo Academy to the postseason.

In his freshman season at Duke University this fall, Ibeagha started 15 of 20 games at center back, missing starts only due to injury, and was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Freshman team.

In the three-team round-robin tournament, the United States will face Colombia (Nov. 26) and Mexico (Nov. 28) at the Kennesaw State Soccer Stadium.

The Houston Dynamo are a Major League Soccer club that has won two MLS Cup championships in its first five seasons and represented the United States in international competition four consecutive years from 2007-10. For more information, log on to www.HoustonDynamo.com or call (713) 276-7500.

The Houston Dynamo Academy, presented by Statoil, consists of the best youth players in the Houston area. The Dynamo Academy has already produced two players, goalkeeper Tyler Deric and midfielder Francisco Navas Cobo, who have competed in Major League Soccer action with the Dynamo first team. The Academy U-18 and U-16 train four days per week in a professional environment and compete in the United States Soccer Development Academy league, the most competitive youth league in the country. Successful Academy graduates can be designated as Dynamo home-grown players and can eventually be promoted directly to the Dynamo first team. Visit HoustonDynamo.com/Academy for more information.