The 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship kicks off in Costa Rica on February 17 - three days after the 18th birthday of New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams. The RBNY Academy graduate is a touch young for the present U-20 cohort, but he was recently included in a US U-19 Men's National Team camp, and clearly showed well enough to earn a look from the U-20s: Tab Ramos has called Adams into the US U-20s' December training camp.
The roster appears to have an eye on some of the younger players in the USA youth national team set-up: Nick Taitague is also on the list, and he turns 18 on the day the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship gets started.
The squad also includes RBNY Academy graduate Marcello Borges - a regular call-up for this age group.
The camp will be staged in Costa Rica from December 13 to 20, and will include two games against the Costa Rican U-20 team. As such, it is an important opportunity for players to gain experience of the conditions and facilities in which they will need to excel in order to meet expectations at next year's CONCACAF tournament (the US team will not be favored to win the competition, but will be expected to secure a top-four finish and a place at the 2017 U-20 World Cup).
The latest U-20 roster is by no means the group that will represent the USA in Costa Rica in February, but this is a significant call-up for players hoping to ensure they are in Tab Ramos' thoughts when he sits down to name his squad for the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.