U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named a 21-player roster for the upcoming 2016 U-20 Men’s NTC Invitational set to take place from June 26-July 4 in Carson, California.
The USA will face Costa Rica on June 29 at 6 p.m. PT, Panama on July 1 at 6 p.m. PT and finish up against Japan on July 3 at 3 p.m. PT.
The second annual U-20 Men’s tournament held at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson will be the second tournament of 2016 for Ramos and the U-20s as the USA recently competed in the 2016 Dallas Cup, defeating CF Monterrey Rayados (1-0), falling to Fulham FC (1-2) and drawing TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (3-3), with forwards Jeremy Ebobisse, Victor Mansaray and Emmanuel Sabbi and defender Aaron Herrera tallying for the USA.
Of the 21-player roster, nine play at the collegiate level, five play with MLS clubs, four compete abroad, two play with Development Academy clubs and one competes in the USL.
Five players - defender Marlon Fossey, midfielders Mukwelle Akle, Luca De La Torre, Weston McKinnie and forward Coy Craft - will join the U-20s for the first time in 2016, while Fossey, De La Torre and McKinnie receive their first U-20 MNT call-up.
The USA last competed in the inaugural NTC Invitational in 2014, drawing Australia 0-0 in the title match, and subsequently winning the tournament as the USA’s goal differential was better than Australia’s.
All six matches of the 2016 tournament will be streamed on ussoccer.com.
DEFENDERS (9): Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy; Norwalk, Calif.), Marcello Borges (Michigan; Kearny, N.J.), Marlon Fossey (Fulham FC; Surbiton, Great Britain), Aaron Herrera (New Mexico; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Andrew Lombard (Northeastern; Montclair, N.J.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.), Miles Robinson (Syracuse; Arlington, Mass.), Auston Trusty (Bethlehem Steel; Media, Pa.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal CF; Minneapolis, Minn.), Luca De La Torre (Fulham FC; San Diego, Calif.), Weston McKinnie (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Texas), Eryk Williamson (Maryland; Alexandria, Va.), Jackson Yueill (UCLA; Bloomington, Minn.)
FORWARDS (5): Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Jeremy Ebobisse (Duke; Bethesda, Md.), Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders FC; Des Moines, Wash.), Emmanuel Sabbi (Chicago Magic, Libertyville, Ill.), Sebastian Saucedo (Veracruz; Casa Grande, Ariz.)