Breaking down U.S. U-20 World Cup roster

U.S. under-20 men's national team head coach Tab Ramos named his 21-player squad for the 2019 U-20 World Cup in Poland.

U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): C.J. Dos Santos (Benfica/POR; Foxchase, Pa.; 2/0), David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake; Oxnard, Calif.; 4/0), Brady Scott (FC Cologne/GER; Petaluma, Calif.; 9/0)
DEFENDERS (6): Sergino Dest (Ajax/NED; Almere-Stad, Netherlands; 8/1), Chris Gloster (Hannover 96/GER; Montclair, N.J.; 11/0), Aboubacar Keita (Richmond Kickers; Columbus, Ohio; 2/0), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; Bear, Del.; 10/3), Matthew Real (Philadelphia Union; Drexel Hill, Pa.; 10/0), Chris Richards (Bayern Munich/GER; Birmingham, Ala.; 8/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Edwin Cerrillo (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas; 0/0), Chris Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.; 2/0), Richard Ledezma (PSV Eindhoven/NED; Phoenix, Ariz.; 4/0), Alex Mendez (Freiburg/GER; Los Angeles, Calif.; 15/8), Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas; Highland Village, Texas; 9/3), Brandon Servania (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas; 8/2)
FORWARDS (6): Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.; 12/9), Konrad De La Fuente (Barcelona/ESP; Miami, Fla.; 2/1), Ulysses Llanez (Wolfsburg/GER; Lynwood, Calif.; 11/7), Justin Rennicks (New England Revolution; South Hamilton, Mass.; 13/6), Sebastian Soto (Hannover 96/GER; San Diego, Calif.; 5/2), Tim Weah (Celtic/SCO; Rosedale, N.Y.; 0/0).
Note: In parentheses are U-20 caps and goals.

Here's a break-down of the U.S. team ...


Senior national team:

1 player

U-20 World Cup qualifying holdovers:
14 players

Pro (first-division) experience:
8 MLS
2 Europe

Other pro experience:
2 German 4th division
2 USL (U.S. 2nd division)
1 Spanish 3rd division
1 Dutch 2nd division

College experience:
1 Two years
3 One year

MLS academy experience:
FC Dallas
Philadelphia Union
Real Salt Lake
LA Galaxy
NY Red Bulls
Columbus Crew
D.C. United
New England Revolution
Toronto FC

Youth background:
17 MLS academy
1 Non-MLS U.S. academy
3 European academy
Note: Tim Weah left Red Bulls at age 14 for PSG.

Ages:
6 players born in 1999
12 born in 2000 (6 holdovers from U-17 World Cup)
3 born in 2001 (eligible for 2021 U-20 World Cup)

U.S. Schedule:
May 24: Ukraine (2:30 p.m. ET; FS1)
May 27: Nigeria (2:30 p.m. ET; FS1)
May 30: Qatar (2:30 p.m. ET; FS2)

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