The U.S. MNT will compete in the 2014 Dallas Cup as they continue preparations for the 2015 CONCACAF U20 Championship and hopefully, the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand.
“We think that the Dallas Cup offers tremendous competitive value for us domestically,” U20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos said, in a statement released by U.S. Soccer. “The tournament brings in elite international clubs to the U.S., so we are excited to see our players give their best effort out there as we look toward making the final squad leading into the U-20 World Cup qualifying in early 2015.”
Ramos and his staff recently put 36 players through their paces during a domestic training camp in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, the second camp of this World Cup cycle.
The U.S. U20 national team will compete in the Gordon Jago Super Group at the Dallas Cup, a U19 division. This will be the first appearance at the Dallas Cup for the U.S. U20 team since 2010, and the fifth overall. A number U.S. MNT players have featured at the Dallas Cup in year’s past, among them Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley in 1999, Michael Bradley in 2003, and 2013 MLS Rookie of the Year Dillon Powers, in 2010.
U.S. Soccer reports that FC Dallas defender Kellyn Acosta, Chivas USA midfielder Marco Delgado and Lorient FC midfielder Romain Gall are expected to receive invitations from Ramos, who will name his roster closer to the event.
The 2014 Dallas Cup will run from April 13 – April 20.