The U.S. U-20 coach has called in 12 players from the team that qualified for this summer's tournament in Turkey and 12 others who will try to play their way to the final roster.Tab Ramos has called on a domestic-heavy roster for a week-long U.S. Under-20 national team training camp at the Home Depot Center that commences Monday.
Ramos is preparing for this summer's FIFA U-20 World Cup after the U.S. U-20s qualified through the CONCACAF championship last month. Twelve of the 24 players who will train in California were a part of the team that punched the ticket to Turkey, including standouts such as Santos Laguna midfielder Benji Joya (pictured above) and forward Daniel Cuevas, Southampton goalkeeper Cody Cropper, LA Galaxy forward Jose Villarreal and Columbus Crew midfielder Wil Trapp.
A couple of new faces include Vancouver Whitecaps forward Omar Salgado, who was recalled after missing past U-20 time with injuries, and Seattle Sounders right back DeAndre Yedlin, who has emerged as a standout rookie in MLS.
"This is a very important camp for us and is a segue toward selecting our final group for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup,” Ramos said in a U.S. Soccer release. "Because it is a domestic camp, we get to have 24 players on hand. We have some players who haven’t been seen and others who were part of the tournament, so we’re really looking forward to seeing how they perform."
An addition of note to Ramos' coaching staff is that of former U.S. national team goalkeeper Kasey Keller, who joins Brian Bliss and Russell Payne as assistant coaches.
Here is the roster in full:
GOALKEEPERS: Cody Cropper (Southampton FC; Maple Grove, Minn.), Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara; Santa Rosa, Calif.)
DEFENDERS: AJ Cochran (Wisconsin; St. Louis, Mo.), Sean Cunningham (Molde FK; Troy, Mich.), Eric Miller (Creighton; Woodbury, Minn.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (C.D. Guadalajara; Riverside, Calif.), Jeffrey Payeras (C.S.D. Municipal; Hawthorne, Calif.), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Javan Torre (UCLA; Santa Monica, Calif.), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders; Seattle, Wash.)
MIDFIELDERS: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Marlon Hairston (Louisville; Jackson, Miss.), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), Mikey Lopez (Sporting Kansas City; Mission, Texas), Collin Martin (Wake Forest; Chevy Chase, Md.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; Gahanna, Ohio)
FORWARDS: Daniel Cuevas (Santos Laguna; Sacramento, Calif.), Daniel Garcia (North Carolina; Dallas, Texas), Alfred Koroma (Akron; Southlake, Texas), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders Academy; Mercer Island, Wash.), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Omar Salgado (Vancouver Whitecaps; El Paso, Texas), Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)