United States U-20 men’s head coach Tab Ramos has called up 21 players for this week’s training camp, and named a 35-man provisional roster for the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
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There are 11 Major League Soccer products on the provisional roster, and seven NCAA players. The rest of the roster is made up by young players plying their trade outside of the United States, and NASL player Ben Spencer of the Indy Eleven.
U.S. U-20 MNT’s 35-Player Provisional Roster by Position (italicized names at camp)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jeff Caldwell (Virginia), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK), Zack Steffen (SC Freiburg)
DEFENDERS (12): Michael Amick (UCLA), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur), Conor Donovan (N.C. State), Chase Gasper (UCLA), Luis Martir (Chivas Guadalajara), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Shaquell Moore (Unattached), Chris Odoi-Atsem (Maryland), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), Tommy Redding (Orlando City), John Requejo (Club Tijuana), Tyler Turner (Orlando City)
MIDFIELDERS (12):Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Fernando Arce (Club Tijuana), Corey Baird (Stanford), Russell Canouse (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim), Marco Delgado (Toronto FC), Luis Felipe (Cruzeiro), Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund), Romain Gall (Columbus Crew), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union), Joel Soñora (CA Boca Juniors)
FORWARDS (8): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy), Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana), Alex Muyl (Georgetown), Andrija Novakovich (Reading), Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht), Ben Spencer (Indy Eleven), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes)
It’s a super talented bunch with loads of top-notch prospects. It’s notable that several players who weren’t included in the 21 — Fulham’s Hyndman, Utrecht’s Rubin — are near certainties for the roster, meaning the competition will be ratcheted up even further in Florida amongst those who know they’ve got work to do in order to make the CONCACAF tournament roster.