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March 7, 2006

CHICAGO – University of South Carolina goalkeeper Mike Gustavson is one of 23 players invited by head coach Thomas Rongen to the United States Under-20 National Team Camp this week in Sunrise, Fla. The camp runs from March 7 to March 13 as the team begins preparations for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

The team will play two games during the week, facing the Colorado Rapids on Thursday, March 10, and a Haitian All-Star Team on Monday, March 13.

Gustavson, a rising sophomore at USC, is one of three goalkeepers in a group that features mainly college players. The Aiken, S.C., product started in goal for the Gamecocks in 2005 and garnered Conference USA Freshman of the Year honors. He was also a second-team all-Conference USA selection and a member of Top Drawer Soccer’s All-Freshman Team. Gustavson set a South Carolina freshman record with 88 saves and registered a 1.19 goals-against average in 2005.

U-20 MNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kevin Guppy (Cal State Northridge), Mike Gustavson (South Carolina), Steve Sandbo (SMU);

DEFENDERS (9): Trevor Banks (ODU), Chris Clements (Tulsa), Gregory Folk (UCLA), Daniel Kelly (Hendersonville, Tenn.), Eric Lichaj (Downers Grove, Ill.), Chance Myers (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Ofori Sarkodie (Indiana), Neven Subotic (USF), Anthony Wallace (St. Petersburg, Fla.);

MIDFIELDERS (7): Eric Avila (UCSB), Carlos Diaz (Napa Valley, Calif.), Sonny Guadarrama (Campbell University), Jeremy Hall (Tampa, Fla.), Daniel Lopez (SMU), Robbie Rodgers (Maryland), Matthew Tutich (Akron).

FORWARDS (4): Andre Akpan (Grand Prairie, Texas), Josmer Altidore (MetroStars), Bill Dworsky (Huntsville, Ala.), Jordan Seabrook (USF).