Thought I’d get some discussion going about the U23 team. They really don’t have anything serious, competition-wise, going on in 2006 so it’s a good time for the coach – assuming one gets named – to take a look at players, especially those who didn’t get a lot of exposure from the U20 team. So, here is a list of some college players who have shown enough to justify some consideration for a call-up from the U23 team. I’m not listing players like Marvell Wynne, Greg Dalby, Pat Ianni, Sacha Kljestan, Lee Nguyen, etc… who were regulars in the last U20 pool. Nor am I including players born in 1987 as they are young enough for the new U20 team and their call-ups will come there. This is strictly for players born in 1985 and 86, many of whom were late bloomers or off the radar before college who have shown well in college ball. For those of you who are on the birthday conspiracy bandwagon, you’ll notice a lot of fall birthdates on this list. Coincidence? As always, this list is not absolute and I encourage others to add their suggestions. Matt Allen, So. GK, Creighton (8/26/86) http://www.gocreighton.com/sports/common/roster_details.asp?BiosID=616&SportID=7 SKINNY: Built on strong freshman season by posting 0.81 GAA. Xavier Balc, So. F, Ohio State (10/28/85) http://ohiostatebuckeyes.collegesports.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/balc_xavier00.html SKINNY: Third-team all Great Lakes Region this season. Darrius Barnes, Fr. D, Duke (12/24/86) http://www.goduke.com/ViewArticle.d...33&DB_OEM_ID=4200&ATCLID=158588&Q_SEASON=2005 SKINNY: Lanky right back brings nice combination of size and pace. Evan Bush, R-Fr. GK, Akron (3/5/86) http://gozips.collegesports.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/bush_evan00.html SKINNY: Posted a 0.51 GAA and only lost one game in first season of college ball. Chukwudi Chijindu, So. F, Connecticut (2/20/86) http://www.uconnhuskies.com/sports/MSoccer/2005/Chijindu.html SKINNY: Pacey forward tied for the Huskies lead in scoring (10 goals, 5 assists) and was second-team All Big East . Maurice Edu, So. M, Maryland (4/18/86) http://umterps.collegesports.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/edu_maurice00.html SKINNY: Switched to defensive midfield this season to utilize his athleticism and technical ability. Robbie Findley, Jr. F, Oregon State (8/4/85) http://www.osubeavers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=24877&SPID=1956&DB_OEM_ID=4700&ATCLID=139024 SKINNY: Athletic forward with a great sports pedigree was first team All Far West Region this year. Elieso Giusfredi, Fr. F, Seton Hall (10/2/86) http://www.shupirates.com/sports/msoccer/bio.asp?PLAYER_ID=1415 SKINNY: Second-team All Big East after leading the conference in scoring (11 goals) as a freshman. Ryan Guy, Jr. M, San Diego (9/5/85) http://usdtoreros.collegesports.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/guy_ryan00.html SKINNY: Former U18 national teamer has 21 assists in three seasons and was All West Coast Conference and All Far West Region. David Horst, So. D, Old Dominion (10/25/85) http://odusports.collegesports.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/horst_david00.html SKINNY: Big (6-foot-4) center back was second team All CAA after helping ODU posted 0.65 GAA. Kai Kasiguran, So. M, Messiah (9/8/85) http://clevelandfc.net/submain/teams/2003-2004/u18b/kaikasiguran.html (no bio available from Messiah; this link is from his youth club.) SKINNY: Best player in D-III turned down several D-I offers. Stephen King, So. M, Maryland (3/6/86) http://umterps.collegesports.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/king_stephen00.html SKINNY: Quietly scored 15 goals and 8 assists from central midfield for the national champs. Jason Landers, So. GK, St. John’s (9/24/85) http://redstormsports.collegesports.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/landers_jason00.html SKINNY: In his first season as a starter, the 6-foot-7 Landers posted a 0.70 GAA. As a teenager, was offered a contract by Man City but couldn’t secure a work permit. Jide Ogunbiye, Fr. D, Santa Clara (11/30/86) http://santaclarabroncos.collegesports.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/ogunbiyi_jide00.html SKINNY: The 6-4 US citizen has trained with Nigerian youth teams but is not cap-tied. Steve Purdy, Jr. D, California (2/5/85) http://calbears.collegesports.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/purdy_steve01.html SKINNY: Three year starter has been All Pac-10 (second team or honorable mention) all three seasons. The 6-3 centerback was a member of the US U18 national team pool. Pete Rowley, R-Fr. F, Syracuse (2/3/86) http://www.suathletics.com/roster.asp?playerid=1647&sport=173&roster=174&path=msoccer SKINNY: Imposing (6-foot-4) forward has 8 goals in 23 career games. (One reason I listed him as this pool lacks a target forward over 5-11 and this guy looks like as big a target as any.) Ricky Schramm, Jr. F, Georgetown (10/26/85) http://guhoyas.collegesports.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/schramm_ricky00.html SKINNY: The 2004 Big East offensive Player of the Year has 29 goals in three years. Ryan Solle, Jr. M, Wake Forest (9/11/85) http://wakeforestsports.collegesports.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/solle_ryan00.html SKINNY: Defensive mid has 23 assists (13 this season) in three years. Conrad Taylor, So. GK, Penn State (3/26/86) http://www.gopsusports.com/soccerm/People/players/Playerprofile.cfm?rosterID=2537 SKINNY: Undersized (5-8) goalkeeper was freshman All America last year and first team All Big Ten this year. Spencer Wadsworth, So. F, Duke (5/10/86) http://www.goduke.com/ViewArticle.d...33&DB_OEM_ID=4200&ATCLID=158579&Q_SEASON=2005 SKINNY: Diminutive forward as adept at playmaking – 19 assists in two seasons – as scoring (14 career goals). Junior Ybarra, Jr. M, Loyola Marymount (1/20/85) http://lmulions.collegesports.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/ybarra_junior00.html SKINNY: Crafty central midfielder has 15 career assists Jason Yeisley, Fr. F, Penn State (9/30/86) http://www.gopsusports.com/soccerm/People/players/Playerprofile.cfm?rosterID=2897 SKINNY: Second team All Big Ten after leading PSU to sweep of conference regular season and tournament championships.