USA's U-20 World Cup hopefuls get one last chance to impress

Coach Tab Ramos, who will be naming his roster for the 2019 U-20 World Cup in mid-May, is taking a squad of 20 players to a training camp in Spain, where the USA will face fellow qualifiers France (March 22) and Japan (March 25).

“I’m looking forward to our last camp before the U-20 World Cup,” Ramos said. “With competition against two quality opponents, it’s one more opportunity for us to build a strong core and one more chance for the players to leave a good impression in order to be considered for the final 21-player roster. Japan always has highly skilled youth teams and France is always a World Cup contender.”

His roster for the Spain camp includes 12 players who were part of the USA's Concacaf U-20 Championship win last November. One player on the squad, 17-year-old Konrad de la Fuente, plays for Barcelona’s Juvenil A’s (U-19) and is making his first appearance at a U.S. U-20 camp. De la Fuente, who has played for the USA's U-18s, U-16s and U-14s, was named to The Guardian's Next Generation 2018, a selection of 60 top young talents in the world. The winger who was born in Florida but has USA-Spain dual citizenship, joined Barcelona at age 13. He has played in seven UEFA Youth League games for Barcelona this season.

U.S. U-20 men’s national team
Player (club/hometown) U-20 caps/goals
C.J. Dos Santos (Benfica/POR; Philadelphia, Pa.) 1/0
Trey Muse (Seattle Sounders FC; Louisville, Ky.) 0/0
Sergino Dest (Ajax II/NED; Almere-Stad, Netherlands) 6/1 *
Chris Gloster (Hannover 96 II/GER; South Orange, N.J.) 9/0 *
Aboubacar Keita (Columbus Crew SC; Columbus, Ohio) 0/0
Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.) 5/0 *
Matthew Real (Philadelphia Union; Drexel Hill, Pa.) 8/0 *
Chris Richards (Bayern Munich U-19/GER; Hoover, Ala.) 6/0 *
Frankie Amaya (FC Cincinnati; Santa Ana, Calif.) 11/1) *
Christian Cappis (Hobro/DEN; Katy, Texas; 2/0)
Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United; Powder Springs, Ga.) 5/2
Chris Durkin (D.C.United; Glen Allen, Va.) 0/0
Alex Mendez (Freiburg U-19/GER; Los Angeles, Calif.) 13/8 *
Juan Pablo Torres (New York City FC; Lilburn, Ga.) 10/4 *
Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC/CAN; Detroit, Mich.; 10/9) *
Jonathan Amon (Nordsjaelland/DEN; Summerville, S.C.) 0/0
Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona/ESP; Barcelona, Spain) 0/0
Ulysses Llanez (unattached; Lynwood, Calif.) 9/7 *
Justin Rennicks (New England Revolution; Hamilton, Mass.) 12/6 *
Sebastian Soto (Hannover 96 U-19/GER; San Diego, Calif.) 3/2 *
* = part of 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship-winning squad.

U.S. U-20 eligible players not in camp include MLS players Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas), Brandon Servania (FC Dallas) and Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia), all three of whom played in the Concacaf Championship. FC Dallas has a game March 23 against Colorado. McKenzie has just resumed training after suffering a concussion.

• Starting goalkeeper Brady Scott (FC Cologne II) is recovering from injury. Tim Weah and Josh Sargent, who have both played (and scored) for the full national team, will be with the U.S. U-23s. Tyler Adams, now a Bundesliga starter for RB Leipzig, will be the full national team for friendlies against Ecuador and Chile. Richard Ledezma, who missed the Concacaf U-20 Championship with an injury and has since signed with PSV Eindhoven, has recently resumed training, while Nick Taitague (Schalke 04), who took part in a January U-20 camp, is recovering from injury.

Jonathan Amon, who earned a full national team cap in 2018, returns to the squad after missing the Concacaf U-20 Championship because he was getting playing time with Nordsjaelland of the Danish Superligaen.

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