U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Jason Kreis has called 25 players to a training camp and match vs. El Salvador from Oct. 6-15 at Florida International University in Miami, Fla.
“I am very happy that the majority of MLS and European clubs have continued to be supportive of our efforts by allowing their players to join us in camp,” Kreis said. “We’re continuing to build a team and a playing style that we feel will give us the best possible chance of qualifying for the Olympics in 2020. These last few camps of 2019 are meant to be about wrapping up evaluation and beginning to move towards some consistency, rhythm and understanding.”
The 25-player roster features 14 players who have represented the U.S. at a youth World Cup, including nine from the red, white and blue’s quarterfinal run at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland. Sixteen players are based domestically at MLS clubs and many will be involved in the league’s annual Decision Day on Sunday.
U-23 USMNT Roster by Position (Club; Hometown)
GOALKEEPERS (4): Matt Freese (Philadelphia Union; Wayne, Pa.), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes; Alamo, Calif.), David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake; Oxnard, Calif.), Brady Scott (Koln/GER; Petaluma, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (8): Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls; New York, N.Y.), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; Tucson, Ariz.), Chris Gloster (PSV Eindhoven/NED; Montclair, N.J.), Aaron Herrera (Real Salt Lake; Las Cruces, N.M.), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; Bear, Del.), Chris Richards (Bayern Munich/GER; Birmingham, Ala.), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United FC; Arlington, Mass.), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Christian Cappis (Hobro/DEN; Katy, Texas), Johnny Cardoso (Internacional/BRA; Porto Alegre, Brazil), Hassani Dotson (Minnesota United FC; Federal Way, Wash.), Chris Durkin (Sint-Truiden/BEL; Glen Allen, Va.), Richard Ledezma (PSV Eindhoven/NED; Phoenix, Ariz.), Alex Mendez (Ajax/NED; Los Angeles, Calif.), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire; Lemont, Ill.)
FORWARDS (6): Omir Fernandez (New York Red Bulls; Bronx, N.Y.), Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids; Plantation, Fla.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake; Park City, Utah), Sebastian Soto (Hannover 96/GER; Carlsbad, Calif.), Mason Toye (Minnesota United FC; South Orange, N.J.)
The match vs. El Salvador will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 15. It marks another step in the U-23 MNT’s path to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as the USA aims to qualify for its first Men’s Olympic Tournament since 2008. The game is closed to the public and will not be broadcast.
In March, the U.S. will join El Salvador and six other nations from North America, Central America and the Caribbean at the 2020 Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship in Guadalajara, Mexico. La Selecta qualified as one of the tournament’s three Central American participants after topping Panama 3-1 on aggregate in a July home-and-away series.
The USA faced El Salvador during the 2012 Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, drawing 3-3 as Terrance Boyd bagged a brace and Joe Corona also scored for the U.S. in Nashville. The USA is an undefeated 3-0-3 in six matches against El Salvador at the pre-Olympic tournament, but the teams have met just once since it became an Under-23 event in 1992.