Making a List: The 35 players, from U-20s to World Cup

The USA begins its 2017 U-20 World Cup campaign on Monday and we may be getting a glimpse of players who will represent the USA at the senior World Cup. So far, 34 U.S. players, including current U.S. U-20 coach Tab Ramos, made the jump from a U-20 World Cup squad to the big show.

Ramos, who at age 16 was the youngest member of the 1983 U-20 World Cup squad, played at the 1990, 1994 and 1998 World Cups.

The most recent U-20 World Cup alum to appear on the biggest stage was DeAndre Yedlin, who played for Ramos’ team in 2013 and for Coach Jurgen Klinsmann at the 2014 World Cup.

Player U-20 World Cup/World Cup
John Stollmeyer 1981/1990
Paul Caligiuri 1983/1990, 1994
Tab Ramos 1983/1990, 1994, 1998
Hugo Perez 1983/1994

Tab Ramos played in the 1983 World Cup at age 16.
Tony Meola 1987/1990, 1994, 2002
Jeff Agoos 1987/1998, 2002
Marcelo Balboa 1987/1990, 1994, 1998
Kasey Keller 1987/1990, 1998, 2002, 2006
Mike Burns 1989/1994, 1998
Covone, Neil 1989/1990
Chris Henderson 1989/1990
Kasey Keller 1989/1990, 1998, 2002, 2006

Kasey Keller was Tony Meola's backup at the 1987 U-20 World Cup and won the Silver Ball in 1989.
Gregg Berhalter 1993/2002, 2006
John O’Brien 1997/2002, 2006
Ben Olsen 1997/2006
Josh Wolff 1997/2002, 2006
Nick Rimando 1999/2014
Steve Cherundolo 1999/2002, 2006, 2010
Chris Albright 1999/2006
Carlos Bocanegra 1999/2006, 2010
Tim Howard 1999/2006, 2010, 2014
Oguchi Onyewu 2001/2006, 2010
DaMarcus Beasley 2001/2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
Brad Davis 2001/2014
Landon Donovan 2001/2002, 2006, 2010
Bobby Convey 2001/2006
Edson Buddle 2001/2010
Bobby Convey 2003/2006
Eddie Johnson 2003/2006
Ricardo Clark 2003/2010
Clint Dempsey 2003/2006, 2010, 2014
Jonathan Spector 2005/2010
Benny Feilhaber 2005/2010
Michael Bradley 2007/2010, 2014
Jozy Altidore 2007/2010, 2014
Mix Diskerud 2009/2014
DeAndre Yedlin 2013/2014


23 comments about "Making a List: The 35 players, from U-20s to World Cup ".
  1. Quarterback TD, May 19, 2017 at 10:28 a.m.

    No one on the list is world Class except Landon Donovan. Also you also seem to be plastering Tab Ramos on this site when when his international records cannot even hold weight. We need to only put up true superstars like Landon Donovan picture.

  2. P R replied, May 19, 2017 at 5:17 p.m.

    What kind of bizarre point are you trying to make? Are you saying that magazines, websites, whatever, should only show pictures of players who are considered "world class" (a designation that I don't think Donovan even qualifies for)? The article is listing players who played in both a U20 and a full World Cup, that's it. Could you please explain what is wrong with picking a couple of notable players from that list, even if they don't meet the standard of world class? Should we no longer acknowledge any old players we might be fond of, it they weren't ever one of the top 20 or 30 players in the world? I simply don't understand what your gripe is here. Could you not find anything to complain about because it's just a dry list, devoid of opinions and such, so you decided that you had to complain about the pictures they used?

  3. Quarterback TD replied, May 19, 2017 at 5:33 p.m.

    P R, you shot a lot of blanks like Fire and Don..before even talking nonsense please look up Landon Donovan achievements because right now you are talking foolish. And yes every sports magazine that would have mentions all these players would have Landon on the cover that's rule 101 in publishing. Put the player with higher achievement first. Show me any article about pro players including Maradona or Pele and they not in the picture. I still cannot believe you said Landon is not world Class when the guys in the picture have not even achieve 1% of what Landon did.. you must be a hater..

  4. P R replied, May 19, 2017 at 5:57 p.m.

    QTD, could you please point out what I said that made you think I thought Landon wasn't better than Ramos and Keller, or are you saying that those 2 were just a hair below world class, so if I said that I don't think Donovan was world class, then it must mean I think he was worse than those pictured. To your point about how publications should only show pictures of world class players, you may want to live in a world where only a small percentage of players are treated as worthy of remembering, but I kind of like having a little more variety, and there are many players that I've liked over the years who weren't considered the absolute best in the world. I'm also not the kind of person who goes around telling people they should only be fans of whichever team is considered the best in it's league or region, and all other teams should be looked down upon with derision - to each their own I guess. Lastly, what is your definition of "world class"? As I said, for me, it means someone who is in the top 20, maybe top 30, in the world, and I'm not sure someone who couldn't handle the Bundesliga, and did a decent job in some stints at a solid Everton team was ever considered to be one of the top 20 or 30 players in the world. If your definition of the classification is different, so be it, but that's just not how I view it.

  5. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, May 19, 2017 at 6:12 p.m.

    There's no point arguing with this clown. He has a problem with Tab Ramos.
    Probably his kid got rejected from Tab's DA team, NJSA 04, just like he got rejected from RBNY.

  6. P R replied, May 19, 2017 at 6:21 p.m.

    FPGN, I know, I'm just a little intrigued by very strange, incredibly snobbish attitude he has, that unless a player was considered world class, their pictures should apparently be stricken from the record. I'm also curious about how he defines world class, because it seems much larger than how most people view it.

  7. Quarterback TD replied, May 19, 2017 at 9:57 p.m.

    P R, I will teach you to learn like a 2 year old.. you want to understand what a true world Class player Donovan was search any of the top 100 players web site and see how many times he lands in there.. then search his honors and accolades and let me know how it compares to other players. You truly don't understand soccer if you don't even think Donovan is world Class.. you should be ashamed and like I said you talking foolishness.. My point is respect for the greats-- when Donovan is in the same paragraph as any other US players he should he highlighted especially when no players like Ramos was not even in his league..

  8. P R replied, May 19, 2017 at 11:01 p.m.

    Ah, ok, so we've sorted out our differing definitions of world class, that's good. Though I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree on whether publications should always be snobbish, and only show images of the best player from a list mentioned in an article. As I said originally, your strange obsession with whose picture they're showing is really strange, not unlike how a 2 year old might get obsessed with something, but eventually grows out of the obsession, and grows up enough to understand that there are other things in life.

  9. Quarterback TD replied, May 19, 2017 at 11:41 p.m.

    P R, pretty soon you will start sounding like those two jerkoffs Fire and Don.. Just do not become them.. I am being very media you do not put the face of the less valued figure above the person with greater achievements. Base on the subject matter the only person that stands out more than anyone is Donovan and rightfully should be given the most attention. It's not an obsession but simply a respect that the writer purposely refused because the blogs are always pro-Ramos..

  10. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, May 20, 2017 at 1:23 p.m.

    Don't worry PR, this clown will be off this site in a few weeks in all likelihood. He has promised to stop following soccer if the US doesn't win the U20 world cup.

  11. don Lamb replied, May 20, 2017 at 6:43 p.m.

    QB - Ramos has multiple links to this article: a. he played in a U20 World Cup, b. he played in a World Cup, c. he is coaching the current U20s in this World Cup. If you can't figure out why they chose his picture, get a clue.

  12. Scott Johnson replied, May 23, 2017 at 6:58 p.m.

    A) Donovan is probably the best field player, based on a full career, that the US has produced (I'm ignoring young guys like Pulisic). B) Calling him "world class" is a stretch. At the height of his career, he may have been a top 100 player, but never a top 50 and certainly not a top 30. C) Ramos was never world class, but he was a pivotal player for US as it emerged from soccer purgatory; bashing him because his generation contained no Donovans or Pulisics is ridiculous.

  13. Scott Johnson replied, May 23, 2017 at 7:03 p.m.

    And D) Demanding that the authors here kiss Lando's butt is ridiculous. He had enough problems with the "primadonovan" reputation without jock-sniffers in a combox adding fuel to that fire.

  14. frank schoon, May 19, 2017 at 2:33 p.m.

    TD, World Class takes on a whole different meaning when you include Donovan. This guy had trouble surviving in the German league and came back to the MLS. He is world class if the US was the only country playing soccer.....

  15. Quarterback TD replied, May 19, 2017 at 4:17 p.m.

    So true I think the US made him an urban legend.. I just don't see why we broadcast him in the same sentence as Donovan--

  16. Fire Paul Gardner Now, May 19, 2017 at 2:39 p.m.

    A couple of tiresome haters. Maybe Tab's picture is on this article because he's the coach of the current U20s?

  17. Quarterback TD replied, May 19, 2017 at 4:20 p.m.

    Fire, you have proven again that you are always satisfy with mediocracy-- you find the stupidest excuse for failures--

  18. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, May 19, 2017 at 5:13 p.m.

    What excuse was I providing? I was explaining why Tab's photo is in this article.

  19. Quarterback TD replied, May 19, 2017 at 5:21 p.m.

    What about Kasey Keller ? Why is his photo there ?

  20. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, May 19, 2017 at 6:13 p.m.

    I didn't write the article or choose the pictures. In any event, who cares?

  21. Brian Kraft, May 19, 2017 at 5:25 p.m.

    You don't have to like or respect any of these players, but calling players who have represented the US in multiple World Cups "failures" is stupid, sad, disrespectful, and inappropriate. You should stop doing it.

  22. Craig Cummings, May 20, 2017 at 9:53 p.m.

    Landon is the best player to play for the USA. At the top of his play, he could have played for any of the top teams in the world. Top of his time. Not all of his time. Like his German time.

  23. beautiful game, June 2, 2017 at 3:01 p.m.

    Someone needs anger management sooner then later.

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