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U-20 MNT Head Coach Tab Ramos Notes Significance of 35-Player FIFA Provisional Roster


Team Lists Full Provisional Roster Submitted to FIFA in May

CHICAGO (June 7, 2013) – The current U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team cycle has featured approximately 80 players who have been called into camp, various tournaments and the U-20 World Cup qualifying process under U-20 MNT head coach Tab Ramos over the past year and a half.

With Friday’s announcement of the 21-player roster that will represent the USA at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, Ramos recognizes the profound impact that this large group has played over the past year and a half.

“We looked at I think 79 players through our process to come up with our final 21 – it definitely wasn’t easy,” Ramos said. “I think every tournament we played over the last year and a half that there were players who did not get released. That, at the same time, helped us because it forced us to look at new players and so we ended up with a pool of roughly 80 players that we got to see. In the end, it was beneficial to us, and we were able to select the 21 that we believe are the absolute best guys to have.”

Several weeks earlier, the USA submitted its 35-player provisional roster for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Though 14 players on this group are not headed to Turkey initially, Ramos has told the group that everyone should be ready as the team can make roster changes up to 24 hours before the tournament.

“It’s very important for all of them to stay fit and to be prepared to get a call,” Ramos said. “We’ve already spoken with some players who are not going with us to Portugal (the team’s training base for the next week) who are not on the 21 and we’ve made them aware of the fact that they might get a last-minute call. I think they’ll be prepared because the players are excited to be a part of this group.”

The following represents the U.S. U-20 MNT’s 35-player provisional roster submitted to FIFA in mid-May:

* Indicates inclusion for USA’s 21-player U-20 World Cup roster

Player

Position

Club/College

*Kellyn Acosta

M

FC Dallas

Brandon Allen

F

Georgetown

Russell Canouse

M

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (Germany)

Alec Cochran

D

Wisconsin

*Cody Cropper

GK

Southampton (England)

*Daniel Cuevas

F

Santos Laguna (Mexico)

*Danny Garcia

F

North Carolina

*Luis Gil

M

Real Salt Lake

Tomas Gomez

GK

Georgetown

Julian Green

F

FC Bayern Munich (Germany)

Marlon Hairston

M

Louisville

*Alonso Hernandez

F

C.F. Monterrey (Mexico)

*Benji Joya

M

Santos Laguna (Mexico)

Alfred Koroma

F

Akron

*Mikey Lopez

M

Sporting Kansas City

Collin Martin

M

Wake Forest

*Kendall McIntosh

GK

Santa Clara

*Eric Miller

D

Creighton

Jordan Morris

F

Seattle Sounders Academy

*Juan Pablo Ocegueda

D

Guadalajara (Mexico)

Boyd Okwuonu

D

North Carolina

*Shane O’Neill

D

Colorado Rapids

Jeffrey Payeras

D

CSD Municipal (Guatemala)

*Victor Pineda

F

Chicago Fire

*Mario Rodriguez

F

1. FC Kaiserslautern (Germany)

Dillon Serna

M

Colorado Rapids

*Oscar Sorto

D

LA Galaxy

*Caleb Stanko

D

SC Freiburg (Germany)

*Zack Steffen

GK

FC DELCO

Jonathan Top

F

FC Dallas

*Javan Torre

D

UCLA

*Wil Trapp

M

Columbus Crew

*Jose Villarreal

F

LA Galaxy

*DeAndre Yedlin

D

Seattle Sounders

Walker Zimmerman

D

FC Dallas

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