Friday, August 28, 2009

International: Wallace named to U.S. Under-20 World Cup squad

St. Petersburg’s Anthony Wallace has been named to the United States squad that will compete in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Egypt in September.

Wallace attended Lakewood High and played locally for the Brandon Flames and Hillsborough County United before joining the U.S. Under-17 Academy in Bradenton. He also played for a season at the University of South Florida before being drafted by FC Dallas in 2007. He is one of two returning members of the squad, UCLA goalkeeper Brian Perk was also on the 2007 squad that reached the quarterfinals of the competition two years ago.

The U.S. has been drawn in a group with Germany, Cameroon and South Korea. The opening game against Germany can be seen on ESPN Classic on September 26 at 9:55 a.m. EST, while both the Cameroon (September 29) and South Korea (October 2) games will be aired on ESPN2 at 12:45 p.m.

Clearwater’s Zac MacMath, currently with the University of Maryland and a former Clearwater Charger, was originally named to the 30-player roster Coach Thomas Rongen was to make his final decision on, but did not make the cut.

For more on this year’s squad, which will try to go one better than the Kasey Keller-led squad that reached the semifinals in 1989, click here.

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