The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team kicked off their training camp on Sunday in Raleigh, N.C. with World Cup Qualifying looming this Fall.
U-20 head coach Tab Ramos has called 20 players for this camp which is the team’s fourth activity this cycle. With the recent news that the Concacaf U-20 Championship will be held at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida from Nov. 1-21st, Ramos and his staff has had to adjust to the shortened time.
“I am really looking forward to this camp and to the addition of some new players,” Ramos said. “It is important, at this time, to widen our player pool and provide new opportunities so that we can begin making decisions about who will be part of our core group in U-20 World Cup Qualifying in November”
The Concacaf tournament will qualify four nations to the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland, and will feature all 34 Concacaf U-20 member associations for the first time in its history.
Eight players are being called up to the U-20 MNT for the first time, while 19 of the 20 have registered at least one season in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
Here is the full 20-man roster at this week’s camp in Raleigh.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Justin Garces (Atlanta United FC; Miami, Fla.), George Marks (Clemson University; Raleigh, N.C.), Trey Muse (Indiana University; Tukwila, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (5): Chris Gloster (Hannover 96; South Orange, N.J.), Lennard Maloney (FC Union Berlin; Berlin, Germany), Manny Perez (N.C. State University; Garner, N.C.), Sam Rogers (Seattle Sounds FC; Seattle, Wash.), Aedan Stanley (St. Louis FC, Columbia, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Taylor Booth (Unattached; Eden, Utah), Chris Goslin (Atlanta United FC; Atlanta, Ga.), Richie Ledezma (Real Salt Lake; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas, Highland Village, Texas), Brandon Servania (FC Dallas; Birmingham, Ala.), Aristotle Zarris (LA Galaxy; Sarasota, Fla.), Sean Zawadski (Crew SC Academy; Olmsted Falls, Ohio)
FORWARDS (5): George Acosta (Boca Juniors; Miami, Fla.), Shaft Brewer Jr. (LAFC; Sacramento, Calif.), Griffin Dorsey (Indiana University; Evergreen, Colo.), Justin Rennicks (Indiana University; Hamilton, Mass.), Sebastian Soto (Real Salt Lake; Carlsbad, Calif.)
You would think we have a lot more professionals than are going to this camp. Weah and Sargent come immediately to mind. I know they probably won’t be released by the clubs for the camp, but will they be allowed to play in qualifying?
Yeah, me too, but Alvarez wants to play for Mexico,, so,,will see.
Hopefully he is talking to Efrain Alvarez.