Twenty-eight players called to U-23 USMNT Training Camp ahead of Concacaf Men's Olympic Qualifying Championship
Pre-Tournament Training Camp to Begin on March 1; Final 20-Player Tournament Roster to be Named Mid-March
CHICAGO (March 1, 2021) — U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team head coach Jason Kreis has called 28 players to a training camp ahead of the Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The players will train in Mexico before Kreis selects the final 20-player tournament roster later that month. The USA kicks off Olympic qualifying Thursday, March 18 vs. Costa Rica at 5 p.m. ET, faces Dominican Republic on Sunday, March 21 at 7 p.m. ET and wraps up the group stage vs. Mexico on Wednesday, March 24 at 9:30 p.m. ET. All three U.S. group stage games will be broadcast on FS1 and TUDN.
We’re excited to finally return to Guadalajara ahead of the Olympic qualifying tournament,” Kreis said. “A lot has changed since March 2020, but we’ve seen our player pool grow and gain invaluable experience over the last year. We’re looking forward to a few weeks of preparation ahead of the tournament and we’re thankful for the cooperation of the clubs in releasing their players for this very important training camp. I'm confident that the group we’ve assembled can achieve our ultimate goal of qualifying for the Olympics in Tokyo.”
U-23 USMNT Training Camp Roster by Position (Club; Hometown)
GOALKEEPERS( 4):Matt Freese (Philadelphia Union; Wayne, Pa.), Jonathan Klinsmann (LA Galaxy; Munich, Germany), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes, Alamo, Calif.), David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake; Oxnard, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (8): Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy; Lompoc, Calif.), Marco Farfan (LAFC; Gresham, Ore.), Justen Glad (RealSalt Lake; Tucson, Ariz.), Aaron Herrera (Real Salt Lake; Las Cruces, N.M.), Henry Kessler (New England Revolution; New York, N.Y.), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire FC; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Austin Trusty (Colorado Rapids; Media, Pa.), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Frankie Amaya (FC Cincinnati; Santa Ana, Calif.), Cole Bassett (Colorado Rapids; Littleton, Colo.), Johnny Cardoso (Internacional/BRA; Denville, N.J.), Hassani Dotson (Minnesota United FC; Federal Way, Wash.),Andrés Perea (Orlando City SC; Medellin, Colombia), Tanner Tessmann (FC Dallas; Hoover, Ala.), Eryk Williamson (Portland Timbers; Alexandria, Va.), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; Bloomington, Minn.)
FORWARDS (8): Jesus Ferreira (FC Dallas; McKinney, Texas), Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids; Plantation, Fla.), Ulysses Llanez (Heerenveen/NED; Lynwood, Calif.), Benji Michel (Orlando City SC; Orlando, Fla.), Djordje Mihailovic (CF Montreal/CAN; Jacksonville, Fla.), Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas; McKinney, Texas), Sebastian Saucedo (UNAM Pumas/MEX; Park City, Utah), Sebastian Soto (Norwich City/ENG; San Diego, Calif.)
The final roster features 13 players who have been capped by the senior USMNT and 14 who have played at a youth World Cup.
A total of 12 players were a part of the USMNT’s gameday roster againstTrinidad and Tobago last month, a 7-0 victory. Defender Aaron Herrera and midfielders Andrés Perea and Tanner Tessmann earned their senior team debuts, while forwards Jesus Ferreira and Jonathan Lewis netted their first full international goals. Prior to the match, 16 players took part in the U-23 USMNT’s January training camp. All but five players have been involved with the USMNT program since it returned to action in Nov. 2020.
The Olympic qualifying tournament was originally scheduled for March 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1997 are age-eligible for the competition, and Kreis selected 11players born in 1997, five born in 1998, one born in 1999, four born in2000, six born in 2001 and one born in 2003 for the training camp.
The tournament features eight nations divided into two groups of four teams. The top two finishers in each group will advance to the pivotal semifinals that will send two winners to the Summer Olympics in Tokyo as representatives of Concacaf. The two winners will also meet in the final on March 30.