Camp has ended and Tab Ramos has selected what he considers his best 20 available players to compete for one of four U20 World Cup spots up for grabs at CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers beginning next Friday, February 17th in Costa Rica.
The regional tournament is not on the FIFA calendar which is why you won’t find Christian Pulisic on this list. Also absent from this group are European based players Josh Perez, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Gedion Zelalem, Haji Wright, Weston McKinnie, Matthew Olosunde, and others.
Some on that list may land on the team’s World Cup roster, should the Americans navigate the CONCACAF tournament successfully, as expected.
Ramos has selected a diverse group of players with 11 coming from MLS, four from professional clubs around the world, including two from Fulham, along with three from the college ranks.
The Fulham duo is diverse pair themselves. Midfielder Luca De la Torre is the more familiar name to American soccer fans, having been a mainstay for the U.S. at various youth levels while fullback Marlon Fossey is a more recent addition to the U.S. youth picture.
Los Angeles born but raised on the U.K. island of Jersey, Fossey debuted for the U.S. at the Slovakia Cup with the U19’s last April. The CONCACAF tournament will be the first chance for a lot of American fans to take a look at the Fulham prospect.
Both U.S. goalkeepers come from the college game with Ramos selecting Georgetown keeper JT Marcinkowski, and Jurgen Klinsmann’s son
Jonathan, out of the University of California.
Sporting Kansas City defender Erik Palmer-Brown has been handed the captain’s armband and will be expected to lead the U.S. defense having just returned to SKC after a year spent playing with B team of Portuguese giants Porto.
De la Torre and New York Red Bulls prospect Tyler Adams are each expected to have a big role in the U.S. midfield while Brooks Lennon, recently loaned by Liverpool to Real Salt Lake is one to watch up front.
The U.S. will compete in Group B with the top two teams advancing to a second group. The top two sides from that group will advance to the U20 World Cup which begins play in South Korea on May 20.
February 18, 2017 4 PM ET U-20 MNT vs Panama Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; Tibas, Costa Rica
February 21, 2017 5:30 PM ET U-20 MNT vs Haiti Estadio Nacional; San Jose, Costa Rica
February 24, 2017 5:30 PM ET U-20 MNT vs St. Kitts and Nevis Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; Tibas, Costa Rica
All three group games will be televised on Univision Deportes.
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (University of California), JT Marcinkowski (Georgetown)
DEFENDERS (6): Marlon Fossey (Fulham F.C.), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake), Aaron Herrera (New Mexico), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC.), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls), Coy Craft (FC Dallas), Luca De la Torre (Fulham F.C.), Jonathan Gonzalez (CF Monterrey), Jeremiah Gutjahr (Indiana University), Jonathan Lewis (New York City FC), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake), Eryk Williamson (University of Maryland)
FORWARDS (3): Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers), Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake), Emmanuel Sabbi (UD Las Palmas)