The U.S. under-20 men’s national team began preparations for the Concacaf U-20 Championship next month in Montego Bay, Jamaica, with a fitness camp that opened Wednesday in Bradenton, Florida.
The group consists of 10 field players, all but two of whom play for MLS clubs.
“It’s finally getting down to that time where we have to focus on the final stages of World Cup
qualifying,” U-20 coach Tab Ramos
said. “At this point, because the MLS season has ended for a lot of teams, we needed to bring the players who are
not continuing to train with their teams and do a fitness camp. Some of the players have been off, and we want to have them catch up a little bit with the guys that we have in Europe."
Following the fitness camp, the U-20s will head to Honduras on Dec. 15 for a training camp. At the last camp, 12 players called in for a tournament in Spain were based at foreign clubs. Two U-20
candidates, Emerson Hyndman
and Rubin Rubio
, made their senior debuts this fall. It is unlikely Hyndman and Rubio will
be released by their clubs, Fulham and FC Utrecht, for qualifying. Fitness Camp Invitees: DEFENDERS:
Conor Donovan (N.C. State)
Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls)
Shaquell Moore (Unattached)
Tyler Turner (Orlando City) MIDFIELDERS:
Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas)
Marco Delgado (Toronto FC)
Romain Gall (Columbus Crew) FORWARDS:
Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy)
Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union)
Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes)