Monday, December 1, 2008

U-20's, Rongen Learn from Madrid Trip

Thomas Rongen and the US Men's U-20 team had a rough time during their camp in Madrid, going 0-2-1 over a 8 day span, against the likes of Real and Atletico Madrid's reserves. Andrew Rogers over at ESPN has a nice recap of the trip, and it seems as though Rongen has come out of the camp with a deeper talent pool and a better idea of which players he will be relying on during qualifying. Can the U-20's repeat their performance of 2007, or will this team fall short of expectations without the likes of Freddy Adu, Jozy Altidore, and Michael Bradley.

Update: has a profile of one of the players who took part in the trip, Guiseppe Nazzani, an Italian who does not speak English but qualifies for an American passport through his mother.

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