Bermuda's Under-20 squad are heading to Pennsylvania for a week-long training camp with the Reading Rage as they prepare for the World Cup qualifying tournament in Cayman next month.

Coaches Jack Castle and Kentoine Jennings will put the 20-man squad through an intensive seven-day training programme including three matches against the PDL side.

The group, which includes a host of Bermuda's best young players like Boulevard's Ian Coke, The Academy's Roger Lee, Dandy Town's Tristan Daniels and Devonshire Cougars' Tumani Steede, have been training since March.

The first goal for the squad is to get past Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Cayman in a four-team group to be held in the Cayman Islands in July.

The top two from that group progress to the next stage, with the final tournament to be held in 2009.

Jack Castle said he felt the squad, which will be bolstered by youngsters like Reggie Lambe and Marquel Waldron - currently with the senior squad - by the time they go to Cayman, had a good chance to progress.

"Based on my international experience I think we can do fairly well against Cayman and Puerto Rico. Jamaica, having seen them quite recently, will be the team to beat."

Castle said the team had been playing training matches against the senior squad, the under-17s and the Hogges and had done pretty well.

He said enthusiasm was high with more than 60 players part of the initial training squad that started working out on the beach in March.

It's now been trimmed down to 20 for the Reading trip, departing Saturday. But there are several players not on the Reading tour who are still in contention for the final squad for Cayman.

"These players have an opportunity to show themselves over the next week and Kentoine and myself have an opportunity to work on some tactics with the team and to see them playing against teams we don't know."

Jennings added that there were a number of players with senior experience in the squad.

"We've built the team around a nucleus of players that have played more senior football. We've brought in a few kids from schools and colleges overseas and we have more coming back."

Squad: Tahj Bell, Mikkail Crockwell, Jessie Seymour, Roger Lee, Casey Castle, Tumani Steede. Ian Coke, Shayne Hollis, Korvon Tucer, Marcelous Thomas, Lovan Thomas, Kwonde Lathan, Kadeem Ibraham, Patric Castle, Kemo Grant, Denzel Nelson, Travis Trott, Philip Parsons, Ronue Cann, Jonathan Santucci.