In preparation for the Olympic qualifying playoff with Colombia in March 2016, the United States under-23 National Team will travel to Brazil for two friendlies against the Olympic host nation. Head Coach Andi Herzog has called in 19 players for the trip.
With Jurgen Klinsmann calling up U-23 stars Matt Miazga and Jordan Morris, this roster is a bit thin on star-power. However, two familiar names get called in for the first time in a good while. Perhaps the most surprising name on the list is John Brooks. The USMNT senior team regular was omitted from the World Cup qualifying roster that was named on Friday. He's been battling a thigh injury and has just returned to the Hertha Berlin first-team.
The other player recalled is Julian Green. The youngster has hit some rough times after a whirlwind World Cup experience. He's currently toiling away in the German fourth-division, while most of his peers are playing with their first-team. He rejoins the U-23's after being left off the roster for the Olympic qualifying tournament in October.
With the exception of those two big names, the rest of the roster is pretty much unchanged:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (MK Dons; Maple Grove, Minn.), Charlie Horton (Leeds United; Cleveland, Ohio), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City; Leawood, Kan.)
DEFENDERS (7): John Brooks (Hertha BSC; Berlin, Germany), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur; Westcliff on Sea, England), Eric Miller (Montreal Impact; Woodbury, Minn.), Shane O'Neill (Royal Mouscron; Boulder, Colo.), Boyd Okwuonu (Real Salt Lake; Edmund, Okla.), Dave Romney (LA Galaxy; Irvine, Calif.), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes; Northville, Mich.), Julian Green (Bayern Munich; Tampa, Fla.), Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire; Milwaukee, Wisc.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.), Gedion Zelalem (Rangers; Bethesda, Md.)
FORWARDS (3): Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart; Berlin, Germany), Khiry Shelton (New York City FC; Leander, Tex.), Maki Tall (FC Sion; Washington, D.C.)