Newly named U-23 manager Jason Kreis has called 23 players to camp in Spain for a camp that the USYNT is billing as the kickoff to qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Included in the call-ups are several players that USMNT fans were expecting (hoping) to see brought in for the friendlies the senior team has scheduled this month against Ecuador and Chile, most notably Timothy Weah and Josh Sargent, who had both previously received a number of call-ups in 2018 under American Manager Dave Sarachan.
Others called in for the U-23 team who have previously seen time with the senior side include Cameron Carter-Vickers, Antonee Robinson, Jeremy Ebobisse and January camp standout Djordje Mihailovic.
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin/GER; Newport Beach, Calif.), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes; Alamo, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (9): Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy; Lompac, Calif.), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City/WAL; Southend-on-Sea, England), Marco Farfan (Portland Timbers; Portland, Ore.), Jack Maher (Indiana Hoosiers; Caseyville, Ill.), Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United/ENG; Trenton, N.J.), Donovan Pines (D.C. United; Clarksville, Md.), Lucas Pos (FC Lausanne-Sport/SUI; Irvine, Calif.), Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic/ENG; Milton Keyes, England), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United FC; Arlington, Mass.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Derrick Jones (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Penn.), Cameron Lindley (Orlando City SC; Carmel, Ind.), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire; Lemont, Ill.), Keaton Parks (New York City FC; Plano, Texas), Eryk Williamson (Portland Timbers; Alexandria, Va.), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; St. Paul, Minn.)
FORWARDS (6): Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers; Bethesda, Md.), Josh Perez (Los Angeles Football Club; La Habra, Calif.), Emmanuel Sabbi (Hobro IK/DEN; Columbus, Ohio), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; O’Fallon, MO), Tim Weah (Celtic FC/SCO; Rosedale, N.Y.), Haji Wright (Schalke 04/GER; Los Angeles, Calif.)
The road to @Tokyo2020 starts here.— U.S. Soccer YNT (@USYNT) March 19, 2019
23 players are heading to to kick off the U-23 #USMNT cycle » https://t.co/BzWUGPE0mr pic.twitter.com/nHqN6lu85X
The roster will certainly fluctuate over the next several months and through Olympic qualifying as team needs change and club teams choose to limit the appearances of their players. For the moment, it looks like a strong team, particularly in attack with the addition of the players who had been seeing time with the senior team.
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