COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Monday, May 20, 2013) – Colorado Rapids defender Shane O'Neill and midfielder Dillon Serna today were named to the United States Under-20 National Team roster for the French tournament Tournoi Espoirs de Toulon in Toulon, France. The U.S. will play in four matches between May 28 and June 8, as they prepare for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup to take place later this summer in Turkey. Serna will travel with the squad to France this weekend, while O'Neill will join the team on June 2 after the Rapids take on FC Dallas on June 1 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
“Shane has been an important part of our defensive line over the last two months and we’re happy that he can still participate in the tournament while not missing one of our regular season matches,” said Rapids Technical Director Paul Bravo. “Both Shane and Dillon Serna have developed tremendously since their time with the Development Academy teams, and for Tab to recognize that is a great honor for our club and our youth system.”
O’Neill, a Homegrown Player from Boulder, Colo., was a key player in the 2012 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, starting all five games of the tournament where the United States finished second and qualified for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The 19-year-old has started seven of the Rapids’ last nine matches in central defense, during which the Rapids have conceded just six goals and earned a 4-2-3 record.
Serna, a Colorado Rapids Homegrown Player from Brighton, Colo, was recently called up by U-20 head coach Tab Ramos for a training camp in California from April 22-29 where he scored in the 6-2 victory over Cal FC on April 28. Serna is one of 13 players that helped the United States take second place at the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Puebla, Mexico, and one of 18 with ties to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy on the 22-man roster. This is Serna’s fourth call-up to the U.S. U-20 squad, having earned his first summons last summer for the Northern Ireland Milk Cup.
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cody Cropper (Southampton FC; Maple Grove, Minn.), Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara; Santa Rosa, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (7): Eric Miller (Creighton; Woodbury, Minn.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (C.D. Guadalajara; Riverside, Calif.), Shane O'Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), Jeffrey Payeras (C.S.D. Municipal; Hawthorne, Calif.), Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg; Holly, Mich.), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Javan Torre (UCLA; Santa Monica, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Marlon Hairston (Louisville; Jackson, Miss.), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), Mikey Lopez (Sporting Kansas City; Mission, Texas), Collin Martin (Wake Forest; Chevy Chase, Md.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; Gahanna, Ohio)
FORWARDS (6): Daniel Cuevas (Santos Laguna; Sacramento, Calif.), Daniel Garcia (North Carolina; Dallas, Texas), Alonso Hernandez (C.F. Monterrey; El Paso, Texas), Alfred Koroma (Akron; Southlake, Texas), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders Academy; Mercer Island, Wash.), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.)
The 41st edition of the Toulon Tournament features 10 countries placed in two five-team groups. The USA is in Group A with Colombia, Congo DR, South Korea and host France. Group B includes Belgium, Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria and Portugal. The U.S. opens the tournament against France on Tuesday, May 28, at Stade Léo-Lagrange in Toulon. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. local (1:30 p.m. ET). The group stage features four games, after which the group winners face each other in the championship match and the group runners-up meet in the third-place game. Both matches take place on Saturday, June 8. Following the Toulon Tournament, the USA kicks off the group stage of the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup against Spain on June 21 at Türk Telekom Arena in Istanbul, Turkey.