The United States U-23s have a preliminary group of players who are on the list to hopefully deliver a place in the Olympics. Yesterday, Concacaf released the preliminary rosters for the Concacaf Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which takes place next month in Guadalajara, Mexico. As part of that, the U-23s released their list of 48 players who will be the available player pool for head coach Jason Kreis to choose from next month.
The group of players includes a wealth of talent that has seen time for the youth national teams as well as the USMNT. There are some bigger names on here that most likely may not be called in, but their availability gives Kreis several options when he decides to round out his roster.
The preliminary Olympic qualifying roster:
Goalkeepers (6): Drake Callender (Inter Miami), Matt Freese (Philadelphia Union), Jonathan Klinsmann (LA Galaxy), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes), David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake), Brady Scott (Austin FC)
Defenders (16): Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy), George Bello (Atlanta United), Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls), Marco Farfan (LAFC), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake), 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 (AS Roma), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), James Sands (New York City FC), Auston Trusty (Colorado Rapids), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids)
Midfielders (16): Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg), Efrain Alvarez (LA Galaxy), Frankie Amaya (FC Cincinnati), Cole Bassett (Colorado Rapids), Gianluca Busio (Sporting Kansas City), Caden Clark (New York Red Bulls), Johnny Cardoso (Internacional), Hassani Dotson (Minnesota United), Brooks Lennon (Atlanta United), Djordje Mihailovic (CF Montreal), Keaton Parks (New York City FC), Andres Perea (Orlando City), Brandon Servania (FC Dallas), Tanner Tessman (FC Dallas), Eryk Williamson (Portland Timbers), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes)
Forwards (10): Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes), Konrad de la Fuente (FC Barcelona), Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers), Jesus Ferreira (FC Dallas), Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids), Uly Llanez (Wolfsburg), Benji Michel (Orlando City), Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas), Sebastian Saucedo (Pumas), Sebastian Soto (Norwich City)
Of note on this roster is Efrain Alvarez, who was also listed on Mexico’s preliminary Olympic qualifying roster. Ayo Akinola, the Toronto FC forward who has been a part of both the United States and Canada national teams lately, is dealing with health issues and was accordingly left off the roster for both teams.
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