Derrick Jones is heading to South Korea to represent the United States in the U20 World Cup.
The 20-year-old Philadelphia Union midfielder was named to head coach Tab Ramos’ 21-player roster. Fellow homegrown Auston Trusty, who was on the roster for World Cup qualifying, did not make the cut.
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The Ghana-born Jones, who emigrated to the U.S. at age 14, was recently cleared to play for Ramos’ squad after missing out on the CONCACAF U20 Championship the U.S. won for the first time in Costa Rica in early March.
A portion of the team will depart for training camp in Japan on May 10 with the full team meeting in Korea Republic on May 17. The U.S. opens Group F play on May 22 against Ecuador at 4 a.m. eastern time, following by matches against Senegal on May 25 at 7 a.m. and Saudi Arabia on May 28 at 5 a.m.
“We are very excited to once again provide a great competitive opportunity to our players and are looking forward to heading to Korea Republic,” Ramos said in a news release. “As always there were some extremely tough decisions to make. This is a talented age group.”