New York Red Bulls Academy graduate Marcello Borges is holding his place in Tab Ramos' plans as the USA Men's U-20 National Team coach edges ever closer to having to pick a squad for February's 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
That tournament will see four teams qualify for the 2017 U-20 World Cup, and that tournament is the highlight of this cohort's stint as U-20s. So there is a lot to play for in the series of friendlies and tournaments the U-20s use to prepare for February's first competitive test of their mettle.
Up next is the Four Nations Tournament in England. The USA will get to test themselves against the host nation, Germany, and the Netherlands. Ramos has named a 22-man roster that combines some of the bigger names in his player pool - Cameron Carter-Vickers and Gedion Zelalem - with some fresh faces, like Stuttgart's Toni Suddoth.
Borges is one of the few players in the squad not attached to a pro club: he is a sophomore at Michigan.
The USA U-20's are scheduled to play Germany on October 5, Netherlands on October 7, and England on October 10.
USA U-20 squad for Four Nations Tournament; October, 2016
Goalkeepers: Jonathan Klinsmann (University of California); Justin Vom Steeg (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Defenders: Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy); Marcello Borges (Michigan); Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur); Marlon Fossey (Fulham); Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC); Miles Robinson (Syracuse); Toni Suddoth (VfB Stuttgart); Auston Trusty (Bethlehem Steel)
Midfielders: Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake); Luca De La Torre (Fulham); Derrick Jones (Bethlehem Steel); Brooks Lennon (Liverpool); Weston McKinnie (Schalke 04); Jonathan Suarez (Queretaro); Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal)
Forwards: Jeremy Ebobisse (Charleston Battery); Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders); Emmanuel Sabbi (US Las Palmas); Sebastian Saucedo (Veracruz); Isaiah Young (PDA)