U.S. under-23 national team coach Andi Herzog
named 23 players for a camp ahead of the two-game playoff series against Colombia for a berth in the Rio Olympics. The series begins Friday in
Barranquilla. The return leg follows four days later in Frisco, Texas. Here are three takeaways from Herzog's roster. 1. Brooks and Yedlin stay with senior team.
U-23s' two most experienced players, John Brooks
and DeAndre Yedlin
, were not called up. Instead, they have joined the senior national team for its World Cup qualifiers against
Brooks had been with the U-23s once and Yedlin never played played with them. Both are starters in Europe and their clubs, Hertha Berlin and Sunderland, were not obligated to
release them to the U-23s. Both could start for the national team in the World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala. 2. Carter-Vickers dropped because of injury.
scratch with an unspecified injury was 18-year-old center back Cameron Carter-Vickers
, who started alongside Matt Miazga
all last year on the U-20s through qualifying and the world
championship in New Zealand and on the U-23s. Carter-Vickers was on the bench as recently as Thursday for Tottenham in its Europa League match against Borussia Dortmund.
His injury will
force Herzog to make a change in the back. The choices are Tim Parker
, Shane O'Neill
and Walker Zimmerman
. 3. Big changes since qualifying.
Carter-Vickers is one of 10 players from Concacaf qualifying -- half the team -- who aren't with the U-23s for the Colombia series. Besides Carter-Vickers, Boyd Okwuonu
, Gboly Ariyibi
and Alonso Hernandez
also played in the 2-0 loss to Honduras in the semifinals of Olympic qualifying.
Goalkeeper Zack Steffen
dropped out of the team on Sunday with an
injury. Gedion Zelalem
has battled injuries and illness recently at Rangers. U.S. Roster: GOALKEEPERS
Cody Cropper (Milton Keynes Dons/ENG), Ethan Horvath (Molde/NOR), Tyler Miller (Seattle Sounders). DEFENDERS (8):
Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG), Eric
Miller (Colorado Rapids), Tim Parker (Vancouver Whitecaps), Desevio Payne (FC Groningen/NED), Shane O'Neill (Cambridge United/ENG), Brandon Vincent (Chicago Fire), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas)
Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes), Paul Arriola (Tijuana/MEX), Luis Gil (Queretaro/MEX), Julian Green (Bayern Munich/GER), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham/ENG), Jerome Kiesewetter
(VfB Stuttgart II/GER), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew) FORWARDS (3):
Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Mario Rodriguez (Borussia
Moenchengladbach II/GER), Khiry Shelton (New York City FC)