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Bulls Abroad: Marcello Borges called up to USA U-20 pre-World Cup training camp roster

No Tyler Adams at this camp, but RBNY is represented by Academy grad Borges.

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The USA U-20 Men's National Team will be at the 2017 U-20 World Cup, having qualified as the CONCACAF U-20 Champion. The tournament gets started on May 20 (the USA's first game is May 22) and so there is some time for the USA U-20s head coach Tab Ramos to look at his player pool.

To that end, Ramos has named a 25-player roster for a week-long training camp in the UK. The squad will be in London from April 3-10. Unsurprisingly, the group includes a number of players based at European clubs. Ramos is also using the opportunity to broaden his player pool, calling in 10 players who have not previously been summoned to USA U-20 camps.

Inevitably, some players on the latest training camp roster will be part of the team selected for the U-20 World Cup in South Korea. Equally, several won't be part of that roster. Ramos has left out some recent regulars, like New York Red Bulls' Tyler Adams - who is arguably better served continuing to fight for a place in the first team at his club (he has recently broken into the starting lineup, attracting positive reviews) than scrimmaging with the U-20s in England. But the head coach has also called in some old favorites, like Marcello Borges.

Borges missed out on the CONCACAF U-20 Championship due to injury, but had been a regular - even preferred - member of the USA U-20 squad until he was forced to withdraw from the team. He is fit again, and has been training with RBNY to build and maintain fitness.The RBNY Academy product took time off from his studies at the University of Michigan in anticipation of involvement with the U-20 national team this year, so it is encouraging to see that focus and dedication at least rewarded by confirmation that he hasn't fallen off Ramos' radar since his injury.