February 23, 2009
Williams selected by U.S. U-20s
Dorchester's Sheanon Williams has been named to the United Statesí roster for the upcoming CONCACAF Under-20 Championship by head coach Thomas Rongen. Williams was included on the 20-player squad for the tournament, which takes place in Trinidad and Tobago from March 6-15 and will qualify four teams for the 2009 FIFA Under-20 World Cup, which will run from Sept. 24-Oct. 16 in Egypt.
Williams and the rest of the squad will meet in Bradenton, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 24, for five days of training before departing for Tobago on March 2. A total of eight teams will compete in the CONCACAF event, which is being held in a championship format for the first time since 1996. The U.S. was drawn into Group A for the tournament along with El Salvador, Jamaica and either Honduras or St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Group B includes Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago.
The top two teams from each group will qualify for the U-20 World Cup. The top two teams will also move on to the semifinals of the regional championship, which will be played on March 13 in Macoya, Trinidad. The third-place match and final will be played on March 15 at the same location.
The U.S. will open its qualifying campaign on Friday, March 6, taking on Jamaica at Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet, Tobago at 7:00 p.m. local time (3:00 p.m. PT). Rongenís squad will face either Honduras or St. Vincent & the Grenadines on March 8 at 6:00 p.m. (2:00 p.m. PT) and round out group play against El Salvador on Tuesday, March 10, at 7:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. PT). The U.S. will learn its second opponent when Honduras and St. Vincent & the Grenadines square off in a playoff game on March 2.
Williams, who left the University of North Carolina after his freshman season. had been on trial with Wolfsburg in Germany.
U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team Roster
2009 CONCACAF U-20 Championship
Feb. 24-March 15
GOALKEEPERS (3): Sean Johnson (Central Florida; Lilburn, Ga.), Josh Lambo (FC Dallas; Middleton, Wis.), Brian Perk (UCLA; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (7): Gale Agbossoumonde (Unattached; Syracuse, N.Y.), Kyle Davies (Southampton; Danville, Calif.), Jorge Flores (Chivas USA; Anaheim, Calif.), Aaron Maund (Notre Dame; Dorchester, Mass.), Amobi Okugo (San Juan Lightning; Sacramento, Calif.), Anthony Wallace (FC Dallas; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Sheanon Williams (Unattached; Boston)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Bryan Arguez (Hertha Berlin; Miami), Danny Cruz (Houston Dynamo; Glendale, Ariz.), Dilly Duka (Rutgers; Montville, N.J.), Jared Jeffrey (Club Brugge; Richardson, Texas), Brian Ownby (Virginia; Glen Allen, Va.); Brek Shea (FC Dallas; College Station, Texas)
FORWARDS (4): Sam Garza (Denver; Highland Village, Texas), Peri Marosevic (FC Dallas; Rockford, Ill.), Billy Schuler (North Carolina; Allentown, N.J.), Tony Taylor (Jacksonville; Jacksonville, Fla.)