WASHINGTON, D.C. - D.C. United midfielder Freddy Adu was named to the Under-20 Men's National Team 30-player roster that will participate in the squad's final training camp of 2004 at U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., from Dec. 12-23. This will be the last camp before head coach Sigi Schmid selects his final roster to compete in Group A of the CONCACAF Under-20 Qualifying Tournament, which will also be held at The Home Depot Center, from Jan 12-16, 2005. The U.S. will be attempting to qualify for the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, which will be held in Holland from June 10-July 2, 2005.
While only being 15 years of age, Adu is one of the most experienced international players on the team as he was part of the U.S. Under-20 MNT that had a remarkable run at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates, finishing in fifth place. In a total of eight games with the U-20s in the past two years, Adu has played in eight international matches with two goals and one assist.
In 2004, Adu was one of only two members of the Black-and-Red to see time in every match during the regular season. He was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team as a Commissioner's Pick and was a finalist for Rookie of the Year. The youngest player ever to appear in a MLS match, Adu earned 13 points (5 g, 3a) on the campaign, adding an assist in the playoffs.