By DAN KARELL
A pair of friendly international matches await the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team in their final foreign training camp before embarking on the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
U.S. U-20 head coach Tab Ramos named a 19-man squad for a week-long training camp in Honduras that will feature two friendly matches against the Honduras U-20 team on Dec. 18 and Dec. 21. The U.S. U-20s will depart on Monday and remain in Honduras through Dec. 22.
Headlining the squad are seven foreign-based players, not including Zackary Steffen, who signed on Friday with SC Freiburg. A quartet of players from Club Tijuana – Paul Arriola, John Requejo Jr., Amando Moreno, and Fernando Arce – are in the squad as well as Hoffenheim’s Russell Canouse, Boca Junior’s Joel Soñora, and Sunderland’s Lynden Gooch are also in the squad as well.
The roster features nine of the ten players who took part in the domestic-based U-20 fitness camp in early December, including Columbus Crew SC’s Romain Gall, who along with Canouse has played in all seven of the U-20s international matches in 2014.
Here’s a look at the U.S. U-20 squad for their Honduras training camp:
U.S. U-20 TRAINING CAMP ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (2) : Santiago Castaño (New York Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Zack Steffen (SC Freiburg; Downingtown, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (6): Michael Amick (UCLA; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Conor Donovan (North Carolina State; Fuquay-Varina, N.C.), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), John Requejo (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.),Tyler Turner (Orlando City SC; West Haven, Conn.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Fernando Arce (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Russell Canouse (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Marco Delgado (Toronto FC; Glendora, Calif.), Romain Gall (Columbus Crew; Herndon, Va.), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland AFC; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Joel Soñora (CA Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires, Argentina)
FORWARDS (4): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana; Morganville, N.J.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.)
What do you think of this squad? Do you see much of this squad making the final roster for the CONCACAF U-20 Championships next month?
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