U.S. Soccer Hosts U20 Soccer Tournament
U.S. Soccer Development Academy players take center stage as rosters are called for the upcoming U20 Tournament. With 36 of the 41 players rostered sharing roots with the DA, it is clear the player-centric funnel is delivering.
Soccer News from U.S. Soccer: The U.S. U-20 and U-19 Men’s National Teams will face Venezuela and Jamaica, as well as square off against each other in the round-robin style competition.
Of the 41 USA players called up for this U20 tournament, 36 have ties to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
Players with ties to the DA include Conference Players of the Year:
- Griffin Dorsey (Central, U-15/16, 2015-2016),
- Ulysses Llanez (West, U-16/17, 2017-2018) and
- Chris Richards (Central, U-18/19, 2017-2018).
|Fri., Sept. 7||U.S. U-19 MNT vs. Venezuela||11 a.m.|
|Fri., Sept. 7||U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Jamaica||4:30 p.m.|
|Sun., Sept. 9||Venezuela vs. Jamaica||11 a.m.|
|Sun., Sept. 9||U.S. U-20 MNT vs. U.S. U-19 MNT||4:30 p.m.|
|Tues., Sept. 11||U.S. U-19 MNT vs. Jamaica||11 a.m.|
|Tues., Sept. 11||U.S. U-20 MNT vs. Venezuela||4:30 p.m.|
U.S. Soccer is hosting the U-20 Men’s Invitational tournament at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. from Sept. 7-11.
The U.S. U-20 and U-19 Men’s National Teams will face Venezuela and Jamaica, as well as they square off against each other in the round-robin style competition.
Each of the match days – Sept. 7, 9 and 11 – will feature a doubleheader, the first at 11 AM. and the second starting at 4:30 PM (EST) with the U-20 MNT playing the second game each day.
U.S. Youth Technical Director and U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos has selected a 22-player roster, which is currently in camp, that will represent the USA, while U-19 MNT head coach Dave Van Den Bergh has called in 19 players.
U.S. U-19 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Sam Fowler (Seattle Sounders FC; Issaquah, Wash.), Johan Penaranda (University of Pittsburgh; Long Beach, N.Y.)
DEFENDERS (6): Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy; Lompoc, Calif.), Khai Brisco (Seattle Sounders FC; Renton, Wash.), Jean-Julien Foe Nuphaus (University of California, Berkeley; San Jose, Calif.), Nathan Harriel (Chargers SC; Oldsmar, Fla.), Carlo Ritaccio (University of Akron; Westbury, N.Y.), Akil Watts (Unattached; Fort Wayne, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Isaac Angking (New England Revolution; Providence, R.I.), Taylor Booth (Unattached; Eden, Utah), Blaine Ferri (Unattached; Southlake, Texas), Chris Goslin (Atlanta United FC; Atlanta, Ga.), Declan McGlynn (Seattle University; Kirkland, Wash.)
FORWARDS (6): George Acosta (Boca Juniors; Miami, Fla.), Ulysses Llanez (LA Galaxy; Lynwood, Calif.), Joshua Penn (Sockers FC; Naperville, Ill.), Jacobo Reyes (CF Monterrey; Monterrey, Mexico), Bryan Reynolds (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Manuel Terrazas (Club Santos Laguna; El Paso, Texas)
U.S. U-20 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): CJ Dos Santos (S.L. Benfica; Philadelphia, Pa.), Brady Scott (FC Köln; Petaluma, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (8): Sergino Dest (AFC Ajax; Almere-Stad, Netherlands), Chris Gloster (Hannover 96; South Orange, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting KC; Charlotte, N.C.), Lennard Maloney (Union Berlin; Berlin, Germany), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; Bear, Del.), Manny Perez (N.C. State University; Garner, N.C.), Chris Richards (Bayern Munich; Hoover, Ala.), Sam Rogers (Seattle Sounds FC; Seattle, Wash.), Sam Vines (Charlotte Independence, Charlotte, N.C.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Frankie Amaya (UCLA; Santa Ana, Calif.), Christian Cappis (Unattached; Katy, Texas), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Andres Jimenez (Envigado FC; Miami, Fla.), Alex Mendez (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif. ), Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas; Highland Village, Texas), Brandon Servania (FC Dallas; Birmingham, Ala.), Juan Torres (K.S.C. Lokeren; Lilburn, Ga.)
FORWARDS (4): Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC; Detroit, Mich.), Shaft Brewer Jr.(LAFC; Sacramento, Calif.), Griffin Dorsey (Indiana University; Evergreen, Col.), Sebastian Soto (Hannover 96; San Diego, Calif.)
As Ramos builds out the USA’s 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship roster, the 2018 U-20 Men’s Invitational will provide U-19 MNT players with the opportunity to prove they deserve consideration for the USA’s 2019 World Cup qualifying roster, which will be determined over the next two months.
- Toronto F.C. forward Ayo Akinola received his first call-up to the U-20 MNT, while 10 players have been called into the U-19 player pool for the first time: George Acosta (Boca Juniors), Isaac Angking (New England Revolution), Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy), Khai Brisco (Seattle Sounders FC), Chris Goslin (Atlanta United FC), Nathan Harriel (Chargers SC), Ulysses Llanez (LA Galaxy), Bryan Reynolds (FC Dallas), Carlo Ritaccio (Akron) and Manuel Terrazas (Santos Laguna).
- The U.S. U-20s are in the middle of the 2019 World Cup cycle with the Concacaf U-20 Men’s Championship on the horizon.
- The tournament, which will qualify four teams for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland, will take place at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. from Nov. 1-21. The draw for the tournament is set to be held on Sept. 13.
The winner of the competition will be based on total points. Tie-breakers will first be overall goal difference and then total goals scored.
Source: U.S. Soccer Press Release