CHICAGO – U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has called 20 players for a week-long training camp from Jan. 14-22 in Puebla, Mexico.
During the camp, the U.S. will face Panama twice in closed-door matches on Saturday, Jan. 19, and on Monday, Jan. 21.
Puebla is the site of the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, in which the team will be competing Feb. 18-March 3. The event serves as the qualifying tournament for the CONCACAF region and will determine the four regional berths to the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey.
At the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, the U.S. will face Costa Rica and Haiti in Group A, while Canada, Nicaragua and Cuba make up Group B. Group C is comprised of Jamaica, Panama and Puerto Rico, while Mexico, El Salvador and Curaçao make up Group D.
U.S. U-20 MNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City; Overland Park, Kan.), Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara; Santa Rosa, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (7): Mikey Ambrose (Maryland; Frisco, Texas), Eric Miller (Creighton; Woodbury, Minn.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Unattached; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (North Carolina; Edmund, Okla.), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Javan Torre (UCLA; Santa Monica, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Mikey Lopez (North Carolina; Mission, Texas), Daniel Metzger (Maryland; Holmdel, N.J.), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; Gahanna, Ohio)
FORWARDS (6): Brandon Allen (Georgetown; Old Bridge, N.J.), Daniel Cuevas (Santos Laguna; Sacramento, Calif.), Daniel Garcia (North Carolina; Dallas, Texas), Darius Madison (Virginia; Philadelphia, Pa.), Jonathan Top (FC Dallas; Fort Worth, Texas), Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)
Each year The Dallas Morning News' Editorial Board selects a Texan of the Year. When the winner is revealed, the paper also prints a list of nominations from its readers of people they thought were worthy of the honor for that year.
A DMN reader nominated FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz for his in-season bone marrow donation. The DMN published the letter nominating Seitz in its most recent Sunday editions and is pictured above. It reads:
"I nominate Chris Seitz. Chris is a goalkeeper for the FC Dallas soccer club and donated bone marrow to save a stranger's life. He made the decision to do this in September, even though he would miss the rest of the soccer season and without the guarantee of a contract for next season. In this age of professional athletes with huge egos and salaries to match, it takes a very special person to do what Chris has done."
On a warm September afternoon, George John kicked back in a downtown Dallas studio with the latest issue of People Magazine and waited for his turn with hair and makeup. Meanwhile, Fabian Castillo struck a pose in a nearby mirror and Jonathan Top checked the fit on his handmade Italian suit. Zach Loyd, dressed in a Canali suit and Ermenegildo Zenga shirt and coat, demonstrated a few juggling tricks while he waited for his teammates to join him on the set of their latest gig.
The four FC Dallas players should have looked out of place in the photographer’s studio, but they each transitioned from athlete to model with ease. With multiple looks already pulled for each of them and a little assistance from the shoot’s directors, the foursome showed off both office and weekend wear from some of today’s top men’s designers. The photos were recently published in Pockets’ 2012 Holiday magazine, available in store at Pockets Menswear in Highland Park Village. The magazine features a six-page center spread of the players, as well as individual shots on additional pages. Whether it’s to pick up a copy of the magazine, or to do a little holiday shopping, it’s worth a trip to Highland Park Village this holiday season.
You can check out the six-page spread below, but you'll have to pick up a copy of the magazine from Pockets to see all the additional photos.
You can also check out a behind-the-scenes photo gallery of the September shoot on our Facebook page here.
FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea spent his Saturday morning painting with children with special needs in Dallas. It was part of Challenge Air, which has enriched the lives of children and youth with special needs through its unique aviation programs. While the children waited for their respective turns to fly in a plane, Shea, who in his spare time has his own art studio – Left Foot Studio, worked with the children on their own artwork.
FC Dallas midfielder Daniel Hernandez appeared on FOX4's Good Day this morning to promote the Blue Goose Charity Case-a-Dilla that is currently benefiting the FC Dallas Foundation. From each order of the special quesadilla at all area Blue Goose Cantina's, a dollar goes toward the Hernandez All-Stars FC Dallas Field in West Dallas. Watch the segment from Monday morning below:
NEW YORK – The MLS Disciplinary Committee has fined FC Dallas defender Jair Benitez an undisclosed amount for his act of embellishment which brought the game into disrepute in the 65th minute of the game against Seattle Sounders FC on Oct. 21.
The Disciplinary Committee also fined LA Galaxy midfielder Robbie Keane an undisclosed amount for public criticism of the officials after his team’s game against San Jose on Oct. 21.
Fines collected will be donated to the charitable partners of MLS W.O.R.K.S. and the MLS Players Union.
U.S. Men’s National Team and FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea will be at the Grapevine Mills Mall GameStop Kids grand opening from 4-6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26.
He will meet fans and take on a few gamers in EA Sports’ FIFA13. Shea is one of a handful of professional soccer players on special downloadable covers for the popular video game.
Tournament competitors and fans alike will be eligible for prizes at the interactive Soccer and Speed Tour. Prizes include GameStop coupons, gift cards, t-shirts, autographed mini soccer balls and signed copies of the FIFA13 video game with Shea on the cover.
The wildly popular video game launched in September with a record-breaking 353,000 copies sold in its first 24 hours in North America alone. More than 1.4 million online FIFA13 games were played on the first day of its release. On iPhones, iPads and iPod touches, it became the number one top purchased game in 55 countries on the App Store and the top-grossing game in 24 countries. There were 1.3 million copies pre-ordered worldwide.
ESPN.com's Wayne Drehs and Outside The Lines recently spent some time with FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz to chronicle the 'keeper's decision to donate bone marrow. Seitz registered to become a donor with a bone marrow center called DKMS four years ago when he was with Real Salt Lake. When he received an email from the organization letting him know that they'd found a match in August, Seitz made a difficult decision to help save a total stranger.
Read the amazing story HERE.