USA under-20 national team coach Tab Ramos has named his roster for the Marbella Cup in Spain, where the US U20s will play three friendlies from Oct. 6-17 against Canada, Scotland and Azerbaijan.
The series of friendlies is the next step in the progression toward next summer's FIFA U20 World Cup, for which qualifying takes place in February when the 2013 CONCACAF U20 championship is held in Mexico. Ramos has held a number of camps since becoming U.S. U20 coach and has gotten a chance to see a good chunk of his available roster pool, but he'll welcome in some players who have returned to the fold after time away from the national team set-up.
One of the more intriguing names is Marc Pelosi, the former US U17 captain who signed with Liverpool and has recovered from a serious knee injury to play for the Reds' youth teams. He is accompanied by defender Will Packwood, who has emerged as a first-team player for Birmingham City in England's League Championship but has not been part of the U20 team since June.
The 19-man roster is a combination of U.S. academy and collegiate players, MLS professionals, and players playing professionally either in Mexico, Germany or England. Two of the MLS players, Real Salt Lake midfielder Luis Gil and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Jose Villarreal, will miss a crucial meeting between the two Western Conference contenders this weekend as a result of their inclusion.
FULL USA U20 ROSTER
GK - Kendall McIntosh | USA/Santa Clara University
GK - Zackary Steffen | USA/FC Delco Academy
D - Anthony Brooks | GER/Hertha Berlin
D - Eric Miller | USA/Creighton University
D - Juan Pablo Ocegueda | MEX/Tigres UANL
D - Boyd Okwuono | USA/University of North Carolina
D - Shane O'Neill | USA/Colorado Rapids
D - Will Packwood | ENG/Birmingham City
D - Walker Zimmerman | USA/Furman University
M - Luis Gil | USA/Real Salt Lake
M - Benji Joya | MEX/Santos Laguna
M - Mikey Lopez | USA/University of North Carolina
M - Marc Pelosi | ENG/Liverpool
M - Caleb Stanko | GER/SC Freiburg
F - Daniel Cuevas | MEX/Santos Laguna
F - Jerome Kiesewetter | GER/Stuttgart
F - Mario Rodriguez | GER/Kaiserslautern
F - Jonathan Top | USA/FC Dallas
F - Jose Villarreal | USA/Los Angeles Galaxy