Donovan replaces injured Canouse on U-20 roster

Midfielder Russell Canouse, who captained the USA during qualifying play, suffered an ankle injury in practice and has been replaced on the USA's U-20 World Cup roster by Conor Donovan.

Donovan played in two of the USA’s six games during qualifying and as an alternate has been with the squad in New Zealand and in pre-tournament camps in Australia and Southern California.

“Today was a very tough decision to make,” said U.S. coach Tab Ramos. “Obviously Russell led our team to qualification in the last four matches in Jamaica, so I think that we lose a player that’s very important on the field, but also off the field. So it’s a big loss for us.

“At the same time, we were prepared by having Conor be here the whole time. Conor has been working hard with us, he’s adapted and he has been with the team for a while. So we were ready with a replacement and we’re excited to have Conor on board, who also brings a lot on the field and off the field.”

Conor Donovan (Photo courtesy of U.S. Soccer)

Canouse, a Pennsylvania native who for played for the Red Bulls academy before joining Germany’s Hoffenheim in Germany, captained the USA in the final four matches of the 2015 U-20 Concacaf Championship in January after previous captain Kellyn Acosta was injured.

Donovan, a North Carolina product, was the the 22nd overall pick by Orlando City in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft after one season at North Carolina State. He played U.S. Development Academy ball with Capital Area RailHawks Academy-CASL and was in the U.S. U-17 residency program in Bradenton.

The USA opens its U-20 World Cup campaign May 30 against Myanmar.

USA U-20 World Cup roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jeff Caldwell (University of Virginia; Todd, N.C.), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zack Steffen (Freiburg; Downingtown, Pa.) . DEFENDERS (6): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur; Westcliff on Sea, England), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee's Summit, Mo.), Desevio Payne (FC Groningen; Greenwood, S.C.), John Requejo (Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.).
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Paul Arriola (Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Conor Donovan (Orlando City; Fuquay-Varina, N.C.), Marco Delgado (Toronto FC; Glendora, Calif.), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham; Dallas, Texas), Joel Soñora (Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires, Argentina).
FORWARDS (5): Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake; Rochester, N.Y.), *Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht; Beaverton, Ore.), Maki Tall (Red Star; Washington, D.C.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.).

1 comment about "Donovan replaces injured Canouse on U-20 roster ".
  1. BJ Genovese, May 27, 2015 at 10:19 a.m.

    He should not be saying what a huge loss this one guy is to the team. I hope the rest of the team will not see his comments. These guys need to take a the Inernational Mourhino Manager course...

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