CHICAGO (the 25th of October, 2022) — This week at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas, the United States Under-20 Men’s Youth National Team will host its final training camp of the year. The competition will take place from October 25th to November 6th, and head coach Mikey Varas has invited a total of sixteen players to participate.
Roster For The United States U-20 Mynt Based On Position (Club/College; Hometown) For The October And November Training Camp
Chris Brady (Chicago Fire FC; Naperville, Illinois) and Antonio Carrera are the two goalkeepers for the club (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas)
Marcus Ferkranus (Los Angeles Galaxy; Santa Clarita, California), Jalen Neal (Los Angeles Galaxy; Lakewood, California), Kayden Pierre (Sporting Kansas City; Rochester Hills, Michigan), John Tolkin (New York Red Bulls; Chatham, New Jersey), and Caleb Wiley are the five defenders for their respective teams (Atlanta United FC; Atlanta, Ga.)
Daniel Edelman (New York Red Bulls; Warren, New Jersey), Daniel Leyva (Seattle Sounders FC; Las Vegas, Nevada), Aidan Morris (Columbus Crew SC; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida), and Niko Tsakiris make up the quartet of MIDFIELDERS (San Jose Earthquakes; Saratoga, Calif.)
Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes; Ceres, California), Benjamin Cremaschi (Inter Miami CF; Miami, Florida), Brian Gutierrez (Chicago Fire FC; Chicago, Illinois), Jackson Hopkins (D.C. United; Fredericksburg, Virginia), and Marcos Zambrano are the five forwards for their respective teams in Major League Soccer (Philadelphia Union; Gladwyne, Pa.)
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Players who were born on or after January 1, 2003 are eligible to compete in the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which will take place the following year. At the Concacaf U-20 Championship this past summer, the United States of America won a spot in both the Under-20 World Cup and the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024. Players must have been born on or after January 1, 2001 in order to compete in the Olympics. There are two players on the roster for the training camp who are ineligible to compete in the U-20 World Cup but are eligible to compete in the 2024 Olympics. These individuals are the defender John Tolkin and the midfielder Aidan Morris.
From the 25th of October through the 5th of November, the senior US Men’s National Team will be holding fitness training in Frisco for MLS-based players who are still in the running for a spot on the World Cup roster but are no longer competing in their league.
Eight players are returning from the U-20 team that won the Concacaf Championship, and seven of those players played for the United States in the Revelations Cup that was held in Mexico City against Peru, Mexico, and Paraguay a month ago. At the tournament, the United States of America finished with a record of two wins and one draw. Forward Brian Gutierrez and Midfielder Diego Luna each scored twice for the USA.
On the roster, there are representatives from twelve different clubs, including two players from Chicago Fire FC, two players from LA Galaxy, two players from New York Red Bulls, and two players from San Jose Earthquakes. The participants come from eleven different states, with California having the most representation with four individuals.
The training camp in Frisco also serves as a homecoming for Varas, who began his career as a professional coach with FC Dallas in 2019 as an assistant coach. After joining FCD in the fall of 2017 as the head coach of the U-16 squad, Varas went on to become a member of the first team staff under the direction of Luchi Gonzalez, who is now an assistant coach with the senior United States Men’s National Team.
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