Sept. 25, 2009
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The United States Under-20 Men’s National Team, which features Notre Dame’s Aaron Maund and Dillon Powers, will begin U-20 World Cup play versus Germany on Saturday (Sept. 26) in Suez, Egypt. The match is slated for a 4:00 p.m. local time (10:00 a.m. ET) start and can be seen live on ESPN Classic, ESPN360.com and Galavision.
Maund (Dorchester, Mass./The Roxbury Latin School), a sophomore central defender, has started all 26 matches in which he has played in during his Notre Dame career. He is one of six defenders on the U.S. U-20 roster.
Powers (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior), a freshman midfielder, has come off the bench in all five games so far during his rookie campaign. A total of nine midfielders are on the national team. Notre Dame and UCLA are the only two schools with multiple representatives on the U-20 team.
Joining the U.S. and Germany in Group C is Cameroon and Korea Republic. The U.S. will face Cameroon on Tuesday, Sept. 29 (12:45 p.m. ET) before completing group play against Korea Republic on Friday, Oct. 2 (12:45 p.m. ET). All three of the USA’s group matches will be played at the brand new Mubarak Stadium in Suez.
The top two teams from each of the six four-team groups along with the top four remaining squads will advance to The Round of 16, which will take place Oct. 5-7. The quarterfinals are set for Oct. 9-10, with the semifinals to follow on Oct. 13. The championship match and third-place game are scheduled for Oct. 16.
Every game of the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup will be shown live on the ESPN family of networks with Galavision also broadcasting all three U.S. group games. The Germany match will be shown live on ESPN Classic and ESPN360.com. The remaining two group matches for the U.S. will be shown live on ESPN2 and on tape delay on Galavision. Fans can also follow every U.S. game live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
The United States U-20s played two exhibition matches in Cyprus prior to departing for Egypt. The U.S. captured 2-0 wins over Australia and Trinidad & Tobago.
Maund and Powers left the Fighting Irish following the match against New Mexico on Sept. 13. They are slated to rejoin their Notre Dame teammates for the contest at Georgetown on Oct. 21. The duo may return to the Irish sooner if the U.S. squad is eliminated before reaching the finals.
Check und.com for updates on how Maund and Powers are faring with the U.S. at the World Cup. For additional information on the U.S. U-20 squad over in Egypt, log onto ussoccer.com.
United States U-20 World Cup Schedule
(all U.S. games to be played at Mubarak Stadium in Suez, Egypt)
Saturday, Sept. 26 – vs. Germany – 10:00 a.m. (ET) – ESPN Classic, ESPN360.com, Galavision
Tuesday, Sept. 29 – vs. Cameroon – 12:45 p.m. (ET) – ESPN2, Galavision
Friday, Oct. 2 – vs. Korea Republic – 12:45 p.m. (ET) – ESPN2, Galavision
Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Sean Johnson (Central Florida; Lilburn, Ga.), Josh Lambo (FC Dallas; Middleton, Wis.), Brian Perk (UCLA; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) DEFENDERS (6): Gale Agbossoumonde (Miami FC; Syracuse, N.Y.), Kyle Davies (FC Dallas; Danville, Calif.), Aaron Maund (Notre Dame; Dorchester, Mass.), Ike Opara (Wake Forest; Durham, N.C.), Sheanon Williams (Unattached; Boston, Mass.) MIDFIELDERS (9): Bryan Arguez (Hertha Berlin, Miami), Danny Cruz (Houston Dynamo; Glendale, Ariz.), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabak; Oslo, Norway), Dilly Duka (Rutgers; Montville, N.J.), Jorge Flores (Chivas USA; Anaheim, Calif.), Jared Jeffrey (Club Brugge; Richardson, Texas), Gerson Mayen (Chivas USA; Los Angeles), Brian Ownby (Virginia; Glen Allen, Va.), Dillon Powers (Notre Dame; Plano, Texas), Michael Stephens (UCLA; Naperville, Ill.) FORWARDS (3): Peri Marosevic (FC Dallas; Rockford, Ill.), Brek Shea (FC Dallas; College Station, Texas), Tony Taylor (Jacksonville; Jacksonville, Fla.)
National Team Staff
Head Coach: Thomas Rongen (Stuart, Fla.)
Assistant Coach: Dave Dir (Dallas)
Assistant Coach: Juan Carlos Michia (Miami)
Goalkeeper Coach: Tim Mulqueen (Lakewood Ranch,Fla.)
Strength Coach: Robbie Elliott (Newcastle, England)
Team Doctor: Mel Hayashi (Thousand Oaks, Calif.)
Team Coordinator: Jon Fleishman (Long Beach, Calif.)
Athletic Trainer: John Dunham (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
Massage Therapist: Mark Higgins (Tinley Park, Ill.)
Equipment Coordinator: Beto Cuevas (Redondo Beach, Calif.)
Security Officer: Craig Conger (Raleigh, N.C.)
Videographer: Scott Riddell (Pasadena, Calif.)
Press Officer: Kate McMaster (Chicago)