Nowak Deepens Pool for Olympics
US Under 23 Manager Peter Nowak named his 22 man squad for the Toulon Tournament beginning next week. Interestingly, Nowak is using the event to look at player largely on the fringe of the Olympic squad. Of the nineteen field players named to the squad only Kamani Hill played on the team that qualified for Olympics in March.
GOALKEEPERS – Dominic Cervi (no club), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake), Quentin Westburg (Troyes)
DEFENDERS – Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Eric Brunner (no club), Kyle Davies (Southampton), Michael Gavin (Los Angeles Galaxy), Kamani Hill (Vfl Wolfsburg), Jonathan Leathers (Kansas City Wizards), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Julian Valentin (Los Angeles Galaxy), Rob Valentino (New England Revolution), Blake Wagner (FC Dallas)
MIDFIELDERS – Bryan Arguez (Hertha Berlin), Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo), Greg Dalby (SC Charleroi), Benny Feilhaber (Derby County), Lee Nguyen (Randers FC)
FORWARDS – Gabe Ferrari (Sampdoria), Bryan Jordan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Ellis McLoughlin (Hertha Berlin), Sammy Ochoa (Tecos)
I’m especially interested to keep an eye on Sammy Ochoa who has fought his way into the match squad at Tecos after being frozen out for more than a year. Also keep an eye on Lee Nguyen whose career at PSV never took off but now seems to have regained his confidence at Randers.