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04-15-06, 11:20 AM
Red Bulls Send Two Players for First Under-20 International Match This Year
Altidore Youngest Player Named to 20 Person Camp

Jason Endres April 15, 2006

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (MNN) - The United States U-20 National Team will have its first foreign camp of the year as it heads to Buenos Aires, Argentina on Tuesday.

Head Coach Thomas Rongen selected a 20 player roster which includes two New York Red Bulls. Rongen selected Red Bulls forwards Josmer Altidore and David Arvizu. It is both players first camp with the U-20's taking the jump from U-17 team. Altidore is the youngest player in the U-20 camp; turning 17 in November.

The U-20's will take on three opponents during their ten day trip to Argentina. The team will begin its trip playing against two youth clubs. It will first play Arsenal de Sarandi and then face off against one of South America's top clubs, River Plate. The trip will culminate with the U-20's first international game of the year as they take on defending U-20 World Cup Champions, Argentina.

"We are looking forward to our first foreign trip as we begin to formulate the team that will compete in the qualifying tournament for a berth in the World Cup next year," said Rongen in a statement. "It is still early in the process, but playing two quality games against top-notch Argentina club teams and then getting the chance to test ourselves against the reigning U-20 world champion makes this a very worthwhile camp. Going up against this high-level competition will help us to determine which players will probably be with us next year."

Arvizu will miss the New York Red Bulls game against DC United on April 22. Arvizu has not appeared in the Red Bulls lineup this season, but has been on the bench in the team's first two games. Altidore is not expected to appear regularly with the Red Bulls as he is finishing his final year of high school at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

United States U-20 Roster

Argentina Training Camp

GOALKEEPERS: Genaro Fernandez (Santa Cruz, Bolivia), Steve Sandbo (SMU)

DEFENDERS: Eric Lichaj (Downers Grove, Ill.), Chance Myers (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Nathan Sturgis (L.A. Galaxy), Neven Subotic (USF), Blake Wagner (FC Dallas), Anthony Wallace (St. Petersburg, Fla.).
MIDFIELDERS: Nikolas Besagno (Real Salt Lake), Corben Bone (Plano, Texas), Carlos Borja (Chivas USA), Rodrigo Lopez (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Nicolas Torres (Club Deportivo Espanol), Sal Zizzo (UCLA)

FORWARDS: Josmer Altidore (New York Red Bulls), David Arvizu (New York Red Bulls), Quavas Kirk (L.A. Galaxy), Estuardo Sanchez (Chivas USA), Preston Zimmerman (Hamburg SV).