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USF Defender Rob Valentino invited to U.S. U-23 National Team Training Camp

Feb. 9, 2007

20 Players Will Train at The Home Depot Center Before Heading on Two-Match Tour in Japan

CHICAGO (Feb. 9, 2007) -- USF junior defender and West Coast Conference Player of the Year Rob Valentino has been invited to the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., in preparation for a two-match tour of Japan. Valentino is just one of two collegiate players invited.

This will be the first gathering of the U-23 MNT since the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in August of 2004, and the first under Bradley and assistant coach Peter Nowak.

The team will gather Feb. 9 in Carson and train for a week before departing on Feb. 16 for Japan. The U-23s will play two matches, against the Japan Under-22 Men's National Team on Feb. 21 and a Japanese club team two days later.

"This is a good opportunity to get together with many of our domestic-based players and begin to instill some of the ideas that will be the foundation of our work together," said Bradley. "This is the beginning of a long process of preparing for Olympic qualifying, and we're fortunate to get a couple of quality matches in Japan as we get started."

Of the 20-man roster assembling in Carson, 18 are playing professionally in the United States and abroad. Tally Hall is the lone representative from Europe, having recently signed with Esjberg FB of the Danish Superligaen. He is joined in the goalkeeping ranks by Chris Seitz, the fourth overall pick in the 2007 MLS Super Draft. Chivas USA midfielder Sacha Kljestan is coming off a month-long camp training with the senior team.

ROSTER BY POSITIONGoalkeepers (2): Tally Hall (Esjberg FB), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake)Defenders (7): Adam Cristman (New England Revolution), Hunter Freeman (Colorado Rapids), Patrick Ianni (Houston Dynamo), Nathan Sturgis (Los Angeles Galaxy), Julian Valentin (Wake Forest University), Rob Valentino (University of San Francisco), Tim Ward (Columbus Crew)Midfielders (7): Arturo Alvarez (FC Dallas), Nico Colaluca (Colorado Rapids), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Will John (Kansas City Wizards), Quavas Kirk (Los Angeles Galaxy), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Ryan Solle (New England Revolution)Forwards (4): Chad Barrett (Chicago Fire), Michael Harrington (Kansas City Wizards), Jacob Peterson (Colorado Rapids), Jamie Watson (Real Salt Lake)