Ramos names USMNT roster for U-20 World Cup

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The U.S. U-20 national team roster for the 2019 U-20 World Cup has been named.

Tab Ramos revealed his 21-man squad for the competition which kicks off in Poland later this month, as Tim Weah, often with the full national team, headlines the players representing the Stars and Stripes.

Speaking about the roster, Ramos admitted it was tough to narrow down his squad to 21 players.

“I am excited for the players who will get the chance to be able to participate in a World Cup. It’s an unforgettable experience and one that they will value forever,” Ramos said. “This is always an extremely tough decision to make as a coach. There were an additional four or five players who also really deserve to go this time.”

Paxton Pomykal, Ayo Akinola and Chris Durkin headline the MLS contingent, while plenty of young Americans playing across Europe are included in Ramos’ squad with the likes of Chris Richards’ at Bayern Munich, Richard Ledezma at PSV Eindhoven and Sebastian Soto at Hannover all included.

The U.S. reached the quarterfinals of the 2017 U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, as the likes of Josh Sargent, Brooks Lennon, Tyler Adams and Cameron Carter-Vickers played starring roles.

Below is the squad in full, as the U.S. play against Ukraine, Nigeria and Qatar in Group D.

U.S. U-20 national team

Goalkeepers (3): C.J. Dos Santos (Benfica, Portugal), David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake), Brady Scott (Koln, Germany)

Defenders (6): Sergino Dest (Ajax, Netherlands), Chris Gloster (Hannover 96, Germany), Aboubacar Keita (Columbus Crew; on loan at Richmond Kickers), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union), Matthew Real (Philadelphia Union), Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, Germany)

Midfielders (6): Edwin Cerrillo (FC Dallas), Chris Durkin (D.C. United), Richard Ledezma (PSV Eindhoven Netherlands), Alex Mendez (Freiburg, Germany), Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas), Brandon Servania (FC Dallas)

Forwards (6): Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC), Konrad De La Fuente (Barcelona, Spain), Ulysses Llanez (Wolfsburg, Germany), Justin Rennicks (New England Revolution), Sebastian Soto (Hannover 96, Germany), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain, France; on loan at Celtic, Scotland)