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After a long layoff, the USMNT U-20s are back, face Brazil in Revelations Cup

It has been over a year since the U. S. Under-20 men’s national team has played a game, but their first test as part of the 2023 U-20 World Cup cycle comes Wednesday in a match up against Brazil to open play in the Revelations Cup (6 p.m. ET, TUDN).

After being hired on November 5, former FC Dallas assistant Mikey Varas has selected 23 players from 16 clubs with names like Cade Cowell, Justin Che, Caden Clark and Gabriel Solina leading a heavily domestic-based roster.

On the European front, Union Berlin’s Malick Sanogo is a player to watch as the 17 year-old is eligible for the Ivory Coast and was involved in a Germany youth camp earlier this year. In seven matches with the Union Berlin U-19 team, Sanogo has two goals and an assist.

As for Brazil, the South will have the advantage in team chemistry as head coach Dudu Patetuci called in 23 players from various teams in Brazil on October 19 and they have been practicing together for two weeks.

The Americans will also face Colombia on Saturday and Mexico on Tuesday as part of the seven day tournament, which takes place in Mexico City.

Here is a look at the 23-player roster for the US Under-20 team:

GOALKEEPERS: Alexander Borto (Fulham/ENG)), Gabriel Slonina (Chicago Fire FC).

DEFENDERS: Justin Che (FC Dallas), Jacob Greene (D.C. United), Kobi Henry (Orange County S.C.), Jalen Neal (LA Galaxy), Kayden Pierre (Sporting Kansas City), Casey Walls (San Jose Earthquakes), Caleb Wiley (Atlanta United F.C.)

MIDFIELDERS: Paxten Aaronson (Philadelphia Union), Caden Clark (New York Red Bulls), Daniel Edelman (New York Red Bulls), Jeremy Garay (D.C. United), Daniel Leyva (Seattle Sounders F.C.), Diego Luna (El Paso Locomotive), Jack McGlynn (Philadelphia Union), Rokas Pukstas (Hajduk Split/CRO)

FORWARDS: Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes), Brian Gutierrez (Chicago Fire F.C.), Missael Rodriguez (Chicago Fire FC), Malick Sanogo (1. FC Union Berlin/GER), Dante Sealy (PSV Eindhoven/NED), Quinn Sullivan (Philadelphia Union)

If you will be watching tonight’s match, feel free to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.


  1. This is exactly what I saw as well. The first 10 minutes were great though- lol

    More time together and maybe the scoreline isn’t as lopsided.

    • That was suppose to be a reply to QuakerOtis’ comment. Acosta is safe in his back up duties to Adams for a little while and Che was underwhelming as was Cowell. Sealy’s step overs were embarrassing. Aaronson looks like the real deal. (All my takes were from the first half)

  2. Let’s see the US coach was named Nov 5, only 5 days ago, he named 23 players, presumably after that. Most of those players were on MLS squads and many played on Sunday. Sure they only had to travel to Chicago, but at best they had 2 days to train together.

    Brazil had a 2 week camp.

    Brazil won handily, imagine that! There was little to no chance the US would win given the preparation or lack of it.

    • Hasn’t looked close. Decent buildup play when we have possession, but the team was not ready for the game. Che is getting turned repeatedly with the same inside move, and our left CB is guilty of some comically bad defending. First 2 goals on him, imho. No. 6 is a ghost. Cade Cowell not getting the ball, skies a desperado at the half. Turned it off at 4-0, may be 6-0 for all I know at this point.


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