U-23 MNT Battles Brazil as Road to Rio Continues in Recife

The U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team is in Recife, Brazil to play its first of two friendlies against the traditional South American soccer power. The teams square off today at 6 p.m. ET in the Ilha do Retiro Stadium in Recife and the game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports Go.

Head coach Andi Herzog has called 19 players to Recife for the pair of matches. After the game in Recife the teams will travel north to Belém, Brazil for the second head-to-head which kicks off at 3 p.m. ET on Nov. 15. The game will be available on FOX Sports 2 and FOX Sports Go.

It’s been just over a year since the team’s last met in Oct. 2014 for a friendly that was played in Brasilia. A Seleção defeated the MNT 3-0 in that game. Six USA players that were with the team for that trip return to Brazil this time around.

Fans can also follow the action from camp and the games on Twitter via @ussoccer.

 Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (MK Dons; Maple Grove, Minn.), Charlie Horton (Leeds United; Cleveland, Ohio), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City; Leawood, Kan.)
DEFENDERS (7): John Brooks (Hertha BSC; Berlin, Germany), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur; Westcliff on Sea, England), Eric Miller (Montreal Impact; Woodbury, Minn.), Shane O’Neill (Royal Mouscron; Boulder, Colo.), Boyd Okwuonu (Real Salt Lake; Edmund, Okla.), Dave Romney (LA Galaxy; Irvine, Calif.), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes; Northville, Mich.), Julian Green (Bayern Munich; Tampa, Fla.), Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire; Milwaukee, Wisc.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.), Gedion Zelalem (Rangers; Bethesda, Md.)
FORWARDS (3): Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart; Berlin, Germany), Khiry Shelton (New York City FC; Leander, Tex.), Maki Tall (FC Sion; Washington, D.C.)

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Brazil U-23 Men’s National Team
Head Coach: Rogerio Micale
Best Olympic Finish: Silver Medal, three times (Most Recent: 2012, London)

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Ederson (Benfica), Uilisson (Atletico Mineiro)
DEFENDERS (4): Lucao (Sao Paulo FC), Marlon (Fluminense), Doria (Granada), Rodrifo Ely (AC Milan)
OUSTIDE (4): Jorge (Flamengo), Fabinho (Monaco), Zeca (Santos FC), Wendell (Bayer Leverkusen)
MIDFIELDERS/FORWARDS (12): Fred (Shaktar Donetsk), Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras), Lucas Silva (Marseille), Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo FC), Walace (Gremio), Valdivia (Internacional), Felipe Anderson (Lazio), Grabriel (Santos FC), Luan (Gremio), Kenedy (Chelsea), Gustavo Scarpa (Fluminese) Vinicius Arujo (Cuzeiro)

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