April 17, 2015
GETTING READY FOR WORLD CUP
Ramos brings in 20 for U-20 camp
CHICAGO - U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team head coach Tab Ramos has called in 20 players for the second foreign training camp of the year, April 18-26 in Linz, Austria.
The team will play friendly matches against fellow U-20 World Cup qualifier Qatar on April 21, followed by a match against Croatia on April 25. Both games will be played at Red Bull Arena, home of FC Red Bull Slazburg in Wals-Siezenheim, Austria.
Ramos' group recently returned from a seven-day camp in England where it faced England's U-21's on March 29. This Austria camp will continue the USA's preparation for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which takes place in New Zealand from May 30-June 20.
Eleven of the 20 players on the roster were members of the U.S. team that competed in the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship which qualified for the U-20 World Cup, while 12 players from the March camp in England return to be part of this squad. All 20 players have been previously called up to a camp or competed with the U-20 MNT since the 2014 cycle began.
Only three players will be joining the U-20's for the first time in 2015: midfielders Jordan Allen and Cristian Roldan and forward Zach Pfeffer. Pfeffer has seen time with the U-23's this year during its training camp in Copenhagen on March 30.
Nine players represent clubs in Major League Soccer: defenders Conor Donovan (Orlando City), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls) and Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City); midfielders Allen (Real Salt Lake), Marco Delgado (Toronto), Romain Gall (Columbus Crew) and Roldan (Seattle Sounders); and forwards Pfeffer (Philadephia Union) and Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes).
The USA has been drawn into Group A of the U-20 World Cup along with host New Zealand, Ukraine and first-time participant Myanmar. The U.S. opens the tournament May 30 against Myanmar, continues play on June 2 against New Zealand, and wraps up the group stage against Ukraine on June 5.
Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2) : Jeff Caldwell (University of Virginia), Zack Steffen (SC Freiburg)
DEFENDERS (6): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur), Conor Donovan (Orlando City SC), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Shaquell Moore (Unattached), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), John Requejo (Club Tijuana)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake), Marco Delgado (Toronto FC), Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund), Romain Gall (Columbus Crew SC), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC), Ethan Sonis (SC Freiburg), Joel Sonora (CA Boca Juniors)
FORWARDS (4): Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union), Maki Tall (Red Star), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes)