Tab Ramos' United States U-20 team is set for the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, which starts this Friday, January 9th in Kingston, Jamaica. The United States' first match will be Friday at 5:30 PM against Guatemala.
Ex-Philadelphia Union Academy an current SC Freiburg goalkeeper Zack Steffen was named to Ramos' squad. Current Union midfielder Zach Pfeffer was left off, probably due to the injury he tweeted about on :
@ZachPfeffer_27: Injuries are tough...but wishing my U20 fam nothing but the best in Jamaica for World Cup Qualifying! Get it done #U20MNT— Zachary Pfeffer (@ZachPfeffer_27) January 5, 2015
Here's the full United States roster:
Defenders: Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur, England), Conor Donovan (North Carolina State), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Shaquell Moore (unattached), John Requejo (Tijuana, Mexico), Tyler Turner (Orlando City).
Midfielders: Fernando Arce (Tijuana, Mexico), Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim, Germany), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, England), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham, England), Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Joel Soñora (Boca Juniors, Argentina).
Forwards: Paul Arriola (Tijuana, Mexico), Romain Gall (Columbus Crew), Bradford Jamieson (Los Angeles Galaxy), Amando Moreno (Tijuana, Mexico), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes).
Union Academy midfielder Ryan Miller was left off of the CONCACAF roster for Jamaica, but still appears on the Jamaican Football Federation's website as a U-20 player. Also not selected to represent his country is 16-year-old Jamaican prospect Justin McMaster, who came to the Union's "Soccer High School" back in October. McMaster is usually with his country's U-17 team, so him not making the jump to U-20's is not surprising.
For the full list of rosters and schedule, check the CONCACAF press release.