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U-20 World Cup

Carter-Vickers and Zelalem Return to U-20 World Cup

Christian Pulisic will not be joining the U.S. under-20 national team in South Korea for the World Cup but Tab Ramos selected a talented sign that will be expected to deliver some positive results. 
BY Brian Sciaretta Posted
May 09, 2017
10:00 AM

TAB RAMOS TODAY unveiled his roster for the U-20 World Cup which begins May 20 in South Korea. The roster features many of the players who made history by winning the CONCACAF championship in March—albeit with a few significant changes.

For starters, Josh Sargent has been pulled from the United States U-17 team and will be join the U-20s in Asia. While the U-20 team won CONCACAF, it struggled with goal scoring and Sargent could provide a boos. That said, it will be interesting see how he adjusts to the new age level on short notice.

Gedion Zelalem will be back for his second tenure with the U-20s after starting for the 2015 team that advanced to the quarterfinals of the World Cup in New Zealand. Likewise, Cameron Carter-Vickers will be back with the team after a standout 2015 performance. Worth noting: the English-born Carter-Vickers has been dealing with an injury in recent weeks.

This team features three players who are also elgible for the 2019 torunament: Sargent, Tyler Adams, and Brady Scott.

While several top players were not included on this team—including Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie—the U.S. will be expected to perform well, in large part because the Yanks were drawn into a manageable group: Ecuador, Senegal, and Saudi Arabia.

"We are very excited to once again provide a great competitive opportunity to our players and are looking forward to heading to Korea Republic," Ramos said. "As always there were some extremely tough decisions to make. This is a talented age group."

Here's the full roster. 


Jonathan Klinsmann (University of California; Newport Beach, Calif.), J.T. Marcinkowski (Georgetown; Alamo, Calif.), Brady Scott (De Anza Force; Petaluma, Calif.)


Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake; Salt Lake City, Utah), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur FC; Westcliff-on-Sea, England), Marlon Fossey (Fulham FC; Surbiton, England), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; Tucson, Ariz.), Aaron Herrera (University of New Mexico; Las Cruces, N.M.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee's Summit, Mo.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.)


Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Luca De La Torre (Fulham FC; San Diego, Calif.), Derrick Jones (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Pa.), Eryk Williamson (University of Maryland; Alexandria, Va.), Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal FC; Bethesda, Md.)


Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers; Bethesda, Md.), Lagos Kunga (Atlanta United FC Academy; Tucker, Ga.) Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Emmanuel Sabbi (Unattached; Columbus, Ohio), Josh Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O'Fallen, Mo.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake; Park City, Utah)

What do you think of these selections? See any names that don't belong? Any names missing that should be here? Share your take below.

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