As an effort to identify more talent, the United States U-23 team will hold a College Identification Training Camp from August 5-8. Andi Herzog has elected to call in 28 players for this unique camp. The camp will be held in Carson, California and is being used to evaluate some of the best collegiate talent in the country ahead of Olympic qualifying in October.
If you're not a consistent follower of College soccer you may not recognize any of these players, but that's the point of the camp. To bring in talent from across the country and see if they have what it takes to be apart of the full team going forward towards qualifying.
With Olympic qualifying occurring in a gray area between FIFA dates, the U.S. will be forced to use a plethora of domestic players to fill in the gap until European-based players can be called in.
One talented player to make the roster is Akron's Adam Najem, who many consider to be one of the most exciting talents in the College game. Another recognizable name is Jonathan Klinsmann. Yes, he is Jurgen's son. He's spent plenty of time with the U.S. U-18's and is an incoming Freshman at the University of California.
If Herzog can pick one or two players from this camp to help the qualifying efforts, then it will surely be worth a whole camp in the long run. If not, it gives him a good idea of what the future crop looks like.
GOALKEEPERS: Wade Hamilton (Cal Poly; Murrieta, Calif.), Jonathan Klinsmann (Cal; Newport Beach, Calif.), Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Andrew Tarbell (Clemson; Mandeville, La.).
DEFENDERS: Jonathan Campbell (North Carolina; Greensboro, N.C.), Alex Crognale (Maryland; Gahanna, Ohio), Chase Gasper (UCLA; Alexandria, Va.), Tomas Hilliard-Arce (Stanford, Matthews, N.C.), Grant Lillard (Indiana; Hinsdale, Ill.), Jakob Nerwinski (Connecticut; Lawrenceville, N.J.), Chris Odoi-Atsem (Maryland; Mitchellville, Md.), Sam Strong (UCSB; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Brandon Vincent (Stanford; Valencia, Calif.).
MIDFIELDERS: Corey Baird (Stanford; Escondido, Calif.). Andrew Brody (Lousiville; Orlando, Fla.), Mael Corboz (Maryland; Green Brook, N.J.), Niko Hansen (New Mexico; Sacramento, Calif.), Ian Harkes (Wake Forest; Fairfax, Va.), Patrick Hodan (Notre Dame; Brookfield, Wisc.), James Moberg (Washington; Winsdor, Calif.), Adam Najem (Akron; Clifton, N.J.), Keegan Rosenberry (Georgetown; Ronks, Pa.), Jake Rozhansky (Virginia; Germantown, Md.).
FORWARDS: Michael Gamble (Wake Forest; Columbia, Md.), Connor Maloney (Penn State; Harrisburg, Pa.), Alex Muyl (Georgetown; New York, N.Y.), Paul Salcedo (Cal; Inglewood, Calif.), Mac Steeves (Providence; Needham, Mass.).