By IVES GALARCEP
Seattle Sounders defender DeAndre Yedlin has been one of the most impressive rookies in Major League Soccer through the early part of the season and his form was destined to earn the 19-year old a call from U.S. Under-20 National Team head coach Tab Ramos.
That call has come, and Yedlin is one of 23 players called into a Under-20 camp in Carson, California. Yedlin is one of eight MLS players called into the camp, a group that includes Omar Salgado and Mikey Lopez.
European-based players Cody Cropper and Sean Cunningham also received the call, as did relative newcomer Jeffrey Payera, a defender for Guatemalan side CSD Municipal.
Here is the full squad:
GOALKEEPERS-Cody Cropper (Southampton), Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara).
DEFENDERS– A.J. Cochran (Wisconsin), Sean Cunningham (Molde FK), Eric Miller (Creighton), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Chivas Guadalajara), Jeffrey Payeras (C.S.D. Municipal, Guatemala), Oscar Sorto (Los Angeles Galaxy), Javan Torre (UCLA), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders)
MIDFIELDERS– Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Daniel Cuevas (Santos Laguna), Daniel Garcia (North Carolina), Marlon Hairston (Louisville), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna), Mikey Lopez (Sporting Kansas City), Collin Martin (Wake Forest), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew).
FORWARDS– Alfred Koroma (Akron), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders Academy), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire), Omar Salgado (Vancouver Whitecaps).
In case you are wondering where certain players are, like Luis Gil, Jose Villarreal and Shane O’Neill, the camp roster is made up of players who don’t play regularly for their club teams. Yedlin is the exception to that, but his Sounders have a bye week this week.
What do you think of the squad? Who are you hoping gets a longer look from Ramos? Who are you happy to see get called in?
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