KENYA BROWN - Monday, August 31, 2015
U.S. Under-23 national team head coach Andreas Herzog has announced his 24-man roster for a final camp in England before the start of October's CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
The camp will be held from Aug. 30-Sept. 8 in Manchester with friendlies against England (Sept. 3) in Preston and Qatar (Sept. 8) in Bury being scheduled during that period.
Herzog in a statement on the U.S. Soccer website, stressed how important the two games were to the team's preparations for the Olympic qualifiers, adding that this was the time for the players to earn a spot on the roster for October.
"We have a strong group of players that we believe in, and now we are able to look as some of the guys who did very well with our U-20 team. This is really the last chance for all of the players to make an impression before we select the final roster for qualifying," he said.
The under-23's will be making their return to Europe for the first time since June's Toulon Tournament where they finished in third place.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (MK Dons), Ethan Horvath (Molde), Zack Steffen (Freiburg)
DEFENDERS (8): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Eric Miller (Montreal Impact), Boyd Okwuonu (Real Salt Lake), Shane O'Neill (Apollon Limassol), William Packwood (Unattached), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Benji Joya (Club Necaxa), Marc Pelosi (San Jose Earthquakes), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew), Gedion Zelalem (Rangers)
FORWARDS (5): Alonso Hernandez (C.D. Juarez), Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart), Mario Rodriguez (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Maki Tall (Scion)