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U-20 USMNT January camp announced by Tab Ramos

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The first steps for a huge 2019 for the U-20 team

USA v Saudi Arabia - FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 Photo by Alex Morton - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

USMNT U-20 manager Tab Ramos has called in his first roster of 2019. As the team prepares for the U-20 Men’s World Cup in Poland this summer, Ramos is expanding the player pool with 14 players who were not a part of the qualifying campaign.

The camp will be the first gathering for the U-20s after winning the Concacaf U-20 title by beating Mexico 2-0 in November. Alex Mendez, a standout from that tournament, was not invited as he presumably is settling in with his new club, FC Freiburg.

The U-20s will look to build on their quarter final showing in the 2017 World Cup. That team included a number of players who have gone on to earn caps for the senior national team. Both Josh Sargent and Cameron Carter-Vickers had standout performances in the tournament. As was the case for Sargent, the U-20 World Cup can be a stepping stone for young players to show scouts what they have to offer.