U.S. U-20 MNT Head Coach Tab Ramos Adds Jerome Kiesewetter to Roster for 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship
CHICAGO (Feb. 11, 2013) – U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos added forward Jerome Kiesewetter to the team’s roster as the group prepares for the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, which kicks off Feb. 18.
The U-20 roster now stands at 19 players and the USA will add a 20th player in the coming days for the tournament. Ramos announced an initial 18-player roster on Feb. 7 as the team traveled to Toluca, Mexico, to begin training for the tournament.
Kiesewetter, who just turned 20 on Saturday and holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Germany, last year signed with VfB Stuttgart in Germany’s third division, 3. Fußball-Liga, making his debut in September. For the U.S. U-20s, Kiesewetter played in two matches in 2012 and has seven career caps in this age group.
The U.S. U-20 MNT is looking to qualify for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey from June 21-July 13.
The U-20s open the CONCACAF U-20 Championship group stage against Haiti on Feb. 18 and Costa Rica on Feb. 22 at Estadio Olímpico Universitario Lobos BUAP in Puebla, Mexico. Both Group A matches kick off at 5:30 p.m. CT. The top four teams from the CONCACAF U-20 Championship advance to the U-20 World Cup.
FOX Soccer will broadcast all of the tournament matches at the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Cody Cropper (Southampton FC; Maple Grove, Minn.), Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Zackary Steffen (FC DELCO Academy; Downington, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (5) : Eric Miller (Creighton; Woodbury, Minn.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (C.D. Guadalajara; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (North Carolina; Edmund, Okla.), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), Javan Torre (UCLA; Santa Monica, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (5) : Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), Mikey Lopez (Sporting Kansas City; Mission, Texas), Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg; Holly, Mich.), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; Gahanna, Ohio)
FORWARDS (6) : Brandon Allen (Georgetown; Old Bridge, N.J.), Daniel Cuevas (Santos Laguna; Sacramento, Calif.), Daniel Garcia (North Carolina; Dallas, Texas), Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart; Berlin, Germany), Mario Rodriguez (1. FC Kaiserslautern; North Hollywood, Calif.) Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)