U.S. under-23 men’s national team head coach Jason Kreis named a 24-player roster to face Japan on Sept. 9 in Chula Vista, Calif. The team will gather Sunday for a 10-day training camp at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center.
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The team is missing eight U-23-eligible players who will be headed to New Jersey to join the senior national team as well as two other senior internationals Tyler Adams and Tim Weah, who are injured.
But the depth at the U-23 pool is reflected in the players Kreis brought in. They include Djordje Mihailovic, who has been capped three times for the USA in 2019, and six players who played for the USA at the 2019 Under-20 World Cup, where it finished sixth out of 24 teams. They include Alex Mendez, who recorded his first assist for Jong Ajax on Friday, setting up the tying goal in stoppage time of a match against Almere City Jong Ajax went on to win, 3-2.
Other players called in include Jesus Ferreira, who has seven goals for FC Dallas in his first season as a starter, and 18-year-old Brenden Aaronson, who has started 20 games in midfield for the Philadelphia Union, which is second in MLS's Eastern Conference and contributed four players to the U-23 camp.
The four players from Real Salt Lake -- Justen Glad, Aaron Herrera, Brooks Lennon and Sebastian Saucedo -- were all members of the 2017 U.S. U-20 World Cup team and have played 1,000 or more minutes in MLS this season.
The one collegiate player is Stanford goalkeeper Andrew Thomas, who hails from London and played for England in cricket at the youth level.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Matt Freese (Philadelphia Union), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Andrew Thomas (Stanford Univ.).
DEFENDERS (8): Kyle Duncan (NY Red Bulls), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake), Chris Gloster (Jong PSV/NED), Niko Hamalainen (Kilmarnock/SCO), Aaron Herrera (Real Salt Lake), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union), Donovan Pines (D.C. United), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union).
MIDFIELDERS (6): Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union), Edwin Cerrillo (FC Dallas), Hassani Dotson (Minnesota United.), Alex Mendez (Jong Ajax/NED), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire), Brandon Servania (FC Dallas).
FORWARDS (7): Omir Fernandez (NY Red Bulls), Jesus Ferreira (FC Dallas), Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake), Sebastian Soto (Hannover 96/GER), Mason Toye (Minnesota United), Haji Wright (VVV Venlo/NED).