The United States introduced their 20-man roster for Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying on Thursday, establishing the U-23 group that head coach Jason Kreis can make the most of at this month’s event in Mexico.
“We all know that qualifying will likely be a challenge, nevertheless it’s a challenge that we’re ready for. We’ll want all 20 players on this roster to contribute for us to attain our final goal of qualifying for the Olympics,” Kreis said in a US Soccer launch. “We’ve had a productive coaching camp in Guadalajara and our players are hungry for the chance to compete. After beginning this journey practically two years in the past, we’re excited to get began with the event.”
The roster consists of 16 players from 11 MLS golf equipment, pulling from a 28-man coaching camp that spent current weeks in Guadalajara forward of Group A competition. Some MLS highlights embody Colorado Rapids left back Sam Vines, San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Jackson Yueill and FC Dallas forward Jesus Ferreira – a trio that’s rising with the senior side, too.
From abroad golf equipment, Internacional midfielder Johnny Cardoso, Pumas winger Sebastian Saucedo, VfL Wolfsburg winger Ulysses Llanez and Norwich City FC forward Sebastian Soto all made the final reduce. Saucedo and Soto each have Real Salt Lake roots, an MLS membership that’s additionally represented through goalkeeper David Ochoa, proper back Aaron Herrera and center back Justen Glad.
Apart from RSL, the opposite MLS golf equipment with a number of representatives are San Jose (Yueill, goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski), Colorado (Vines and winger Jonathan Lewis) and Orlando City SC, who’ve midfielder Andres Perea and winger Benji Michel each included.
The US begin their qualification bid on March 18 against Costa Rica, then await Group A video games against the Dominican Republic (March 21) and Mexico (March 24). The top two teams advance to the semifinals, with the finalists incomes Concacaf’s two spots within the Tokyo Olympics.
The US have missed the last two Olympic tournaments, failing to qualify in 2012 and 2016. The present iteration was initially scheduled for March 2020, however was postponed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Right here’s your complete roster, which incorporates age-eligible players who’re born on or after Jan. 1, 1997. Due to the worldwide and domestic membership soccer calendar, some top age-eligible players weren’t launched by their golf equipment for Concacaf Olympic Qualifying.
|GK||Freese, Matthew||Philadelphia Union|
|GK||Marcinkowski, JT||San Jose Earthquakes|
|GK||Ochoa, David||Real Salt Lake|
|D||Araujo, Julian||LA Galaxy|
|D||Glad, Justen||Real Salt Lake|
|D||Herrera, Aaron||Real Salt Lake|
|D||Kessler, Henry||New England Revolution|
|D||Pineda, Mauricio||Chicago Hearth FC|
|D||Vines, Sam||Colorado Rapids|
|M||Dotson, Hassani||Minnesota United FC|
|M||Llanez, Ulysses||VfL Wolfsburg|
|M||Mihailovic, Djordje||CF Montrèal|
|M||Perea, Andres||Orlando City SC|
|M||Yueill, Jackson||San Jose Earthquakes|
|F||Ferreira, Jesus||FC Dallas|
|F||Lewis, Jonathan||Colorado Rapids|
|F||Michel, Benji||Orlando City SC|
|F||Soto, Sebastian||Norwich City FC|