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U.S. under-20 men's national team roster
January 3rd, 2014 5:41PM

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[LAKEWOOD RANCH CAMP] Tab Ramos called in 36 players for the U.S. under-20 men’s national team camp that began Friday in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. Notable callups include seven MLS players, five foreign-based players, including highly regarded 17-year-old Herbert Robinson of Mexican club Santos, and Ian Harkes, son of Ramos' long-time national team midfielder partner John Harkes.

U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (4):
Jeff Caldwell (N.C. Fusion)
Santiago Castano (New York Red Bulls)
Ethan Horvath (Molde/NOR)
Zack Steffen (Univ. of Maryland)
DEFENDERS (10):
Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake)
Michael Amick (UCLA)
Sulaiman Dainkeh (Univ. of Maryland)
Conor Donovan (Capital Area RailHawks Acad.)
Trevor Haberkorn (Furman Univ.)
Grant Lillard (Chicago Fire Acad.)
Jalen Markey (Univ. of North Carolina)
Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls)
Shaquell Moore (IMG Academy)
John Requejo Jr. (Real So Cal)
MIDFIELDERS (14):
Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake AZ)
Arun Basuljevic (New York Red Bulls Acad.)
Marco Delgado (Chivas USA)
Luis Felipe (Cruzeiro/BRA)
Ian Harkes (Wake Forest Univ.)
Jacori Hayes (Wake Forest Univ.)
Brian Iloski (UCLA)
Eric Lickert (Freiburg/GER)
Saalih Muhammad (Dinamo Zagreb/CRO)
Adam Najem (Univ. of Akron)
Cristian Roldan (Univ. of Washington)
Herbert Robinson (Santos/MEX)
Joel Sonora (Boca Juniors/ARG)
Omar Thompson (Unattached)
FORWARDS (8):
Andrew Brody (Univ. of Louisville)
Benji Lopez (Real Salt Lake)
Ricardo Lopez-Espin (Shattuck-St. Mary’s)
Amando Moreno (New York Red Bulls)
Alex Muyl (Georgetown Univ.)
Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union)
Rubio Rubin (Unattached)
Travis Wannemuehler (N.C. State Univ.)


5 comments
  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: January 4, 2014 at 2:27 p.m.
    AMAZING!!! Out of the 36 selectees, I counted at least eight from west of the Rockies, read that the "Wild-wild-west," which leads me to believe that golly-gee willikers, Batman, we must not produce quality players out in this part of the country! Of greater interest is that John Harkes' son is on the squad! Hey, has anyone ever wonder just how the sons of former player colleagues - as is the present Ramos-Harkes situation - get on a team, what are they that good? What is this called, favoritism or a plain "its who you know, and not what you know," system still in use? Obviously, still, I'd thought that the selection/id-ing of players for future teams would be more inclusive of the various areas of the country yet, someone saw it fit to bring in six "foreign-based" players, and maybe the vaunted scouting system's budget didn't allow for travel to the west? Lastly, I thought we'd be bringing up home grown guys, and have an inclusive and not twenty from the other part (eastern) of the country. Think about it...

  1. Ginger Peeler
    commented on: January 4, 2014 at 3:34 p.m.
    Some of those counted as coming from the east may well have been born and raised in the west and are attending an eastern college. As far as Ian Harkes...it's not unusual for a gifted athlete to have athletically gifted children. Give Ian a chance before you pass judgement. Look at all the people who said Michael Bradley was only on the USMNT because his dad was the coach. Time has shown that they were very, VERY wrong.

  1. Gonzalo Jouan
    commented on: January 4, 2014 at 3:45 p.m.
    Ric, in many cases I have to agree with you in regards that in american soccer is who you know more than what you know. But in the case of the kid Harkes, I have to disagree. I saw the kid play and in fact he is "legit" the kid can really play!

  1. James Froehlich
    commented on: January 6, 2014 at 11:41 a.m.
    I would love to see an "in-depth" article on exactly how the talent identification process currently works. Couple of questions on the process come to mind: are there any special outreach plans in place for the many ethnic communities and their leagues? For example: how would an outstanding player in the Bosniian league in St Louis get noticed? How would a Hispanic player in the Dalton, Georgia leagues be discovered? How would a skillful, technical player (but small) overcome the current selecting-out process of the US youth league coaches? Naming ethnic coaches to high level positions is great but if the structure for identifying the "hidden talent" isn't established nothing will \really change.

  1. nick nicola
    commented on: January 7, 2014 at 1:08 p.m.
    Ric good, the worst than that is our U17 didn't make the final 16 last summer, we need to deal with the fact that is our soccer foundation in a high level of corruption, for the last 12-14years the new managements and coaching staff for all ages telling us,,,WE NEED TO CHANGE THE STYLE AND THE WAY WE PLAY THIS GAME,it has been over 12years and nothing happened, 12 years ago at age 12 now they are 20+ . wake up coaches, we need to change the coaches now


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