U-20 team analysis
U.S. U-20 and U.S. U-19 rosters released for upcoming IMG invitational
Both the United States U-20 and U-19 teams will participate in a tournament in Florida this week. It is an important time for the U-20 team with World Cup qualifying now less than two months away. Brian Sciaretta is here with the latest.
BY Brian Sciaretta PostedU.S. SOCCER TODAY announced its roster for an upcoming tournament at IMG Academy in Florida that will feature both the United States U-19 and U-20 national teams as well as the youth teams from Jamaica and Venezuela.
September 04, 2018
September 04, 2018
The United States U-20 team has a short cycle due to an early World Cup qualifying tournament that will take place also at IMG from November 1-21. By having two different national teams, U-20 head coach Tab Ramos will have a valuable opportunity to scout not only the 22 players on his team but the 19 players on the U-19 team as well. The U-19 team will be coached by Dave Van den Bergh.
The draw for World Cup qualifying will take place on September 13.
The schedule of events is as follows:
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 11a.m.
Tues., Sept. 11: U.S.U-20 MNT vs. Venezuela 4:30 p.m.
U.S. U-19 MNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): SamFowler (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 Lindsay (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.)
Ramos nears top squad
This roster does not completely reflect the best choice of players for Tab Ramos, but it is getting close. Brady Scott is the number one goalkeeper. Chris Richards, Chris Golster, Mark McKenzie, and Lennard Maloney are the top central defenders. Jaylin Lindsey, Sergino Dest, and Manny Perez are among the top fullbacks.
The U.S. U-20 midfield is missing some players but still boasts firepower in Andrew Carleton, Paxton Pomykal are expected to be big contributors at World Cup qualifying in November.
Still, there are players not here who are expected to be key contributors in November – which will only increase competition. It was hinted last month by German media that Werder Bremen forward Josh Sargent could take part in qualifying and Richard Ledezma has reportedly made a move to Holland.
Meanwhile Nick Taitague has battled is share of injuries at Schalke and Jonathan Amon only recently returned to health at FC Nordsjaelland. In MLS, Chris Durkin is with DC United which will be busy this international window. It is unclear if United States national team players Tyler Adams and Tim Weah will participate with the U-20 team this cycle.
Even with some of the key players missing, this is similar to the roster that will participate at World Cup qualifying.