DURHAM, N.C.-Duke University sophomore Sebastien Ibeagha and junior Andrew Wenger are among the 28 players selected to take part in an eight-day training camp for the United State Under-23 Men's Soccer National Team. Wenger and Ibeagha are the only two collegiate players selected by U-23 head coach Caleb Porter.
The camp will take place from Dec. 15-23 in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., at the Premier Sports Campus.
The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team was drawn into Group A of the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament and will face Canada, Cuba and El Salvador.
The teams will play their group matches from March 22-26 at LP Field in Nashville. The two finalists from the tournament will qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London next summer. CONCACAF will announce the schedule for the qualifying tournament later today.
Ibeagha, an All-ACC second team selection for Duke in 2011, has had recent experience with the U.S. U-20 squad. The Houston native appeared for the United States in November of 2010 in a pair of contests in the Torneo de las Americas. He played the full 90 minutes against both Colombia and Mexico and wore the captain's armband in 2-0 win over Canada in an international friendly.
In March, Ibeagha was named to the U-20 National Team that took part in the 2011 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. At the tournament, he helped lead the U.S. to the quarterfinals as he helped to anchor the team to a pair of shutouts. Most recently, he traveled with the U-20 team to France for a two international friendlies against France.
Ibeagha started 16 games this season for the Blue Devils at center back. He helped Duke post five shutouts and had the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over Furman.
Wenger recently named a Hermann Trophy semifinalist, headlined Duke's offense in 2011. He was selected as the ACC Offensive Player after leading the ACC in scoring with 17 goals and eight assists for 42 points. Wenger moved up to the forward position this season after two years at center back for the Blue Devils. He paced the Blue Devils offense this season with 17 goals and eight assists for a league-high 42 points. His 17 tallies are tied for the most in Duke single-season history, while the 42 points are fifth and the most since Brian Kelley had 43 in 1995. In 2011, he registered at least one point in 11 games and twice had a career-best seven points. Wenger netted two hat tricks on the year and had five multiple-goal games.
The Lititz, Pa., native was selected as the 2011 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, completing the trifecta of ACC major awards after being named the ACC Rookie of the Year and ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Wenger is the first player since Jay Heaps to collect All-ACC first team honors in each of his first three seasons.
Duke posted an 11-8-3 record in 2011 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round for the third consecutive season.