KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, May 9, 2017
United States Under-20 national team boss Tab Ramos unveiled on Tuesday his 21-man roster that will head to South Korea this month for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.
The team is comprised of players that won the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship in March, with a few others coming after spending most of the season with their club teams.
"We are very excited to once again provide a great competitive opportunity to our players and are looking forward to heading to Korea Republic. As always there were some extremely tough decisions to make. This is a talented age group," said Ramos in a statement on the US Soccer website.
Joining the team for this World Cup are Gedion Zelalem and Cameron Carter-Vickers. Both players come in at different trajectories.
Carter-Vickers has impressed while at Tottenham Hotspur as he has played in the team's domestic cup games while often being among the substitutes on the bench during the English Premier League games. However, he has been sidelined since April with a knee injury.
Meanwhile, Zelalem has found it hard to break into the Arsenal first team and has been sent on loan on two occasions. His most recent loan to Dutch Eerste Divisie team VVV Venlo saw him only play sparingly.
Despite these setbacks, both come in as veterans of the team as they played in the 2015 editon along with Under-20 captain Erik Palmer-Brown.
In goal the US have selected Jonathan Klinsmann, who will most likely be the starter once group play begins.
The forward tandem of Sebastian Saucedo and Brooks Lennon, both playing at Real Salt Lake, are a part of the team as they fill the attacking spots along with Jeremy Ebobisse, Lagos Kunga, Josh Sargent and Emmanuel Sabbi.
Some notable omissions from the team are Josh Perez, who plays with Italian Serie A team Fiorentina, and the Schalke trio of Haji Wright, Weston McKennie and Nic Taitague. McKinze Gaines from Wolfsburg and Villarreal CF player Mukwelle Akale were also not included in the team.
According to US Soccer, a portion of the team will head to Japan on Wednesday for training and the remaining players will follow before they head to South Korea on May 17.
The US are in Group F with Ecuador, Senegal and Saudi Arabia. They will play their first game on May 22 against Ecuador followed Senegal on May 25 and Saudi Arabia on May 28.
Jonathan Klinsmann (University of California), J.T. Marcinkowski (Georgetown), Brady Scott (De Anza Force)
Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur), Marlon Fossey (Fulham), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake), Aaron Herrera (University of New Mexico), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), Tommy Redding (Orlando City)
Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls), Luca De La Torre (Fulham), Derrick Jones (Philadelphia Union), Eryk Williamson (University of Maryland), Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers), Lagos Kunga (Atlanta United) Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake), Emmanuel Sabbi (Unattached), Josh Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake)