USA will headline group that includes Canada, Cuba and El Salvador as coach Caleb Porter will undergo his first big test. (Photo courtesy of Akron)
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With CONCACAF qualifying for the 2012 Olympics just a few months away, Caleb Porter announced the roster for the eight-day training camp which will be held from Dec. 15-23. Among the more notable players to be invited are DC United goalkeeper Bill Hamid, Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson, prospective No. 1 SuperDraft pick Andrew Wenger, Philadelphia Union midfielder Freddy Adu, Tijuana midfielder Joe Corona and Sporting Kansas City forward Teal Bunbury.
Of the 28 players invited, 17 are currently playing for MLS teams and two are currently playing in college. Corona is the only player based in Mexico, while the other eight are based in Europe. There are several notable absences, including New York Red Bulls forward Juan Agudelo, FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea and Nurnberg defender Timothy Chandler. Any or all of those players could still be named to the Olympics roster.
DEFENDERS (8): Gale Agbossoumonde (Eintracht Frankfurt), Royal-Dominique Fennell (Stuttgarter Kickers), Sebastien Ibeagha (Duke), Kofi Sarkodie (Houston Dynamo), Zarek Valentin (Montreal Impact), Jorge Villafana (Chivas USA), Andrew Wenger (Duke), Sheanon Williams (Philadelphia Union)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Freddy Adu (Philadelphia Union), Bryan Arguez (Montreal Impact), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Danny Cruz (Houston Dynamo), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabæk), Dilly Duka (Columbus Crew), Jared Jeffrey (Mainz), Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union), Michael Stephens (LA Galaxy)