The 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship - the qualifying tournament for the 2017 U-20 World Cup - kicks off on February 17 in Costa Rica. US U-20 Men's National Team head coach Tab Ramos is getting to the point where he will need to start focusing on the squad he will name for the competition.
There are only two training camps left on the U-20s schedule before the team heads to Costa Rica: one in Carson, California from January 15 to 23; one in Orlando, Florida from January 31 to February 10. The players named to attend the camp in Carson should feel relatively good about their chances of making the squad for Costa Rica, since Ramos is running out of time to change his mind about who he wants to work with at the CONCACAF Championship.
Good news then for the New York Red Bulls' Tyler Adams and RBNY Academy product Marcello Borges - both are in the 24-man squad that will assemble in Carson for a week of training with coach Ramos.
Borges is a long-time favorite of Ramos at the U-20 level. Adams is a more recent arrival in the coach's thoughts, but appears to be making a strong case for himself, since he has become something of a regular with the U-20s over the last couple of months.
The roster also includes Sporting KC's highly-rated defender Erik Palmer-Brown, making his first appearance in the US U-20 squad since 2015.
The full squad:
Goalkeepers: Jonathan Klinsmann (University of California); JT Marcinkowski (Georgetown); Brady Scott (DeAnza Force)
Defenders: Hugo Arellano (LA Galaxy); Marcello Borges (Michigan); Marlon Fossey (Fulham); Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake); Aaron Herrera (New Mexico); Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City); Tommy Redding (Orlando City); Miles Robinson (Atlanta United); Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union)
Midfielders: Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake); Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls); Coy Craft (FC Dallas); Jonathan Gonzalez (CF Monterrey); Jonathan Lewis (NYCFC); Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake); Jonathan Suarez (Queretaro FC); Eryk Williamson (Maryland)
Forwards: Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers); Brooks Lennon (Liverpool); Josh Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri); Brandon Vazquez (Atlanta United)