Ahead of the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand this summer, the U.S. has named their 20-man squad for the tournament.
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Head coach Tab Ramos has included the likes of Emerson Hyndman and Rubio Rubin who have both featured for the full national team, while a host of promising MLS youngster such as Erik Palmer-Brown, Kellyn Acosta, Jordan Allen, Tommy Thompson and Bradford Jamieson also made the roster.
One of the biggest omissions from the squad was Borussia Dortmund youngster Junior Flores, while it is being report that English side Reading refused to release forward Andrija Novakovich for the tournament. Others who can count themselves unlucky to not make the squad include Lynden Gooch and Roman Gall.
It is unclear whether or not Arsenal youngster Gedion Zelalem will be called up by Ramos as U.S. Soccer is still waiting to hear back from FIFA on whether or not the German born midfielder has had his request to change national teams rubber-stamped. Expect more news on that in the coming days.
Below are the 20 players selected, as the final deadline for Ramos to name a 21-man squad is May 15. In terms of their schedule, players will start to arrive in Carson, Calif. on May 14 and then the team departs on May 16 for a training camp in Australia.
The U.S. were drawn in Group A along with hosts New Zealand, Ukraine and Myanmar. The team opens group play against Myanmar at 12 a.m. ET on May 30 in Whangarei, then face New Zealand on June 2 and Ukraine on June 5, both of which will be played in Auckland. You can watch all of the USA’s games live on NBC Universo, as Ramos’ side look to make it past the group stage after crashing out of the last tournament in 2013. The best finish the U.S. has ever achieved in this tournament was fourth place back in 1989.
USA U-20 squad for 2015 U-20 World Cup
Goalkeepers (3): Jeff Caldwell (University of Virginia; Todd, N.C.), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zack Steffen (Freiburg; Downingtown, Pa.)
Defenders (6): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur; Westcliff on Sea, England), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Desevio Payne (FC Groningen; Greenwood, S.C.), John Requejo (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.)
Midfielders (6): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Marco Delgado (Toronto FC; Glendora, Calif.), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham; Dallas, Texas), Joel Sonora (Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Forwards (5): Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake; Rochester, N.Y.), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht; Beaverton, Ore.), Maki Tall (Red Star; Washington, D.C.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.)