May 8, 2013
MADISON, Wis. – Competing with and against professional athletes your own age may seem like a daunting task, but for AJ Cochran of the men’s soccer team, he is used to it.
Cochran just recently returned to Madison after spending a week in Los Angeles training with the U.S. Under-20 National Team, April 22-29.
A total of 24 players were invited to the camp, which is the last training camp before head coach Tab Ramos selects final squad for the U-20 World Cup this summer. Of the players invited, some play professionally overseas, while others like Cochran play collegiate soccer.
“It is a very fun experience,” Cochran said. “Playing with professionals is always very fun, because you get to compete with the best and see how you stack up against them. My goal each camp is to go in and show that I can play with every kid there.”
U.S. Soccer is expected to announce the final roster for the Under-20 team sometime this week, as the squad will head to France for the highly touted Toulon Tournament, May 28-June 8.
After that the team will begin final preparations before heading to the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, June 21-July13, in Turkey.