There have been a couple changes to the United States U-23 roster as January Camp opens in Florida. Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Matt Freese and D.C. United centerback Donovan Pines have been brought into the U-23 camp to replace David Ochoa and Julian Araujo. Ochoa suffered a right quad injury prior to camp, and Araujo is withdrawing due to illness.
The team is in a joint January Camp with the USMNT in Bradenton, Florida. They will train until later this month, when several of the U-23 players will be elevated to the USMNT roster for an expected friendly match that has yet to be announced.
Matt Freese and Donovan Pines are no strangers to the U-23 national team. Freese has 3 caps with the U-23s, allowing just one goal. He has been on the last four U-23 rosters. Pines also has 3 U-23 caps, and this is his third call-up to the team. He’s been a steady contributor to D.C. United in 2020, with 16 appearances and 3 goals.
The updated roster for the U-23s:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Matt Freese (Philadelphia Union), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Brady Scott (Austin FC)
DEFENDERS (10): George Bello (Atlanta United), Chris Gloster (PSV Eindhoven), Aaron Herrera (Real Salt Lake), Aboubacar Keita (Columbus Crew SC), Henry Kessler (New England Revolution), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire), Donovan Pines (D.C. United), Bryan Reynolds (FC Dallas), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Hassani Dotson (Minnesota United), Bryang Kayo (Wolfsburg), Andrés Perea* (Orlando City), Tanner Tessmann (FC Dallas), Eryk Williamson (Portland Timbers), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes)
FORWARDS (7): Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes), Daryl Dike (Orlando City), Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers), Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas), Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids), Benji Michel (Orlando City SC), Djordje Mihailovic (Montreal Impact)
*Perea is ineligible to play due to not filing a one-time switch from Colombia to represent the United States
Two roster changes for the U-23 #USMNT:@PhilaUnion GK Matt Freese will replace David Ochoa@dcunited defender Donovan Pines will replace Julian Araujo.— U.S. Soccer YNT (@USYNT) January 9, 2021
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