USA Men's U-20 National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named his final 21-man roster for the 2017 U-20 World Cup. As expected, the squad included New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams, who was one of the standout players for the team that won this year's CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
Ramos has stuck by most of the players from the CONCACAF Championship, adding Brady Scott as the third 'keeper (CONCACAF allowed only a 20-man roster with two goalkeepers; FIFA requires 21 players of which three must be 'keepers) and dropping five from the team that won the regional title.
Auston Trusty, Jonathan Gonzalez, Jeremiah Gutjahr, Coy Craft and Jonathan Lewis are out; Cameron Carter-Vickers, Gedion Zelalem, Derrick Jones, Lagos Kunga, and Josh Sargent step in to the team bound for South Korea.
Of the new faces, perhaps the biggest surprise is USA U-17 captain Sargent. He will be regarded as a Sporting Kansas City Homegrown player, first and foremost, should he turn his attention to MLS, but his current affiliation and credit for his development lies with the St. Louis Scott Gallagher-Missouri club that produced the likes of (former RBNY player) Tim Ream and Taylor Twellman.
It is anticipated Sargent will participate in two youth World Cups this year: the U-20 tournament in Korea in May and the U-17 competition in India in October. He will doubtless have opportunities other than playing for Sporting KC after those experiences, though if KC proves to be his best option, he'll enter MLS as one of the more highly-rated young forwards in American soccer.
The squad has no room for RBNY Academy product Marcello Borges, whose chances appear to have evaporated after injury ruled him out of consideration for the CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Nor is there a place for Manchester United's Matt Olosunde, also a former RBNY Academy player.
But Tyler Adams will carry the flag for RBNY's player development programs as the USA seeks to find a way out of a group comprising Ecuador, Senegal and Saudi Arabia in South Korea. The 2017 U-20 World Cup starts on May 20. The USA's first game, against Ecuador, is on May 22.
Per ussoccer.com, the squad in full:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jonathan Klinsmann (University of California; Newport Beach, Calif.), J.T. Marcinkowski (Georgetown; Alamo, Calif.), Brady Scott (De Anza Force; Petaluma, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (7): Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake; Salt Lake City, Utah), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur FC; Westcliff-on-Sea, England), Marlon Fossey (Fulham FC; Surbiton, England), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; Tucson, Ariz.), Aaron Herrera (University of New Mexico; Las Cruces, N.M.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee's Summit, Mo.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Luca De La Torre (Fulham FC; San Diego, Calif.), Derrick Jones (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Pa.), Eryk Williamson (University of Maryland; Alexandria, Va.), Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal FC; Bethesda, Md.)
FORWARDS (6): Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers; Bethesda, Md.), Lagos Kunga (Atlanta United FC Academy; Tucker, Ga.) Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Emmanuel Sabbi (Unattached; Columbus, Ohio), Josh Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O'Fallen, Mo.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake; Park City, Utah)