U.S. U-23s name 24 players for matches against top South American foes

The U.S. under-23 national team called in 24 players for the squad that will take part in the United International Football Festival in Spain, where it will face Brazil on Nov. 14 and then Argentina or Chile in the final or third-place match on Nov. 17.

The tournament could be the last for head coach Jason Kreis if he takes the Real Salt Lake head coaching vacancy.

Five players have participated in the senior national team November pre-camp: defender Mark McKenzie, midfielders Brenden Aaronson and Djordje Mihailovic as well as forwards Jeremy Ebobisse and Jonathan Lewis.

U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Matt Freese (Philadelphia Union), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Brady Scott (Köln/GER)
DEFENDERS (8): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Stoke City/ENG); Kyle Duncan (NY Red Bulls), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake), Aaron Herrera (Real Salt Lake), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union), Chris Richards (Bayern Munich/GER), Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids).
MIDFIELDERS (7): Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union), Christian Cappis (Hobro/DEN), Hassani Dotson (Minnesota United), Richard Ledezma (PSV Eindhoven/NED), Alex Mendez (Ajax/NED), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire), James Sands (New York City FC)
FORWARDS (6): Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers), Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake), Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids), Emmanuel Sabbi (Hobro IK/DEN), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake), Mason Toye (Minnesota United)
3 comments about "U.S. U-23s name 24 players for matches against top South American foes".
  1. frank schoon, November 7, 2019 at 7:32 p.m.

    I have no what U23 serves.....What is it suppose to prove

  2. humble 1 replied, November 8, 2019 at 10:27 a.m.

    Isn't U23 proving grounds for Olympic qualifications?  There are two teams from CONCACAF that go the Olympics every four years.  The US has not been present or accounted for in 3 of the last 4 Olympic cycles.  That absense has corelated with the failure to 'find' players to replace the MNT starters so we now have a bunch of essentially 30 y.o.'s and are 'hoping' to 'develop/discover' some 'teens' or 'early twenty somethings' to replace them.  There is no systematic approach at USSF to develop from U15 to U23 the next generation of players.  There is a huge drop off when the players go from Youth to Mens.  U23 is the key Men's program just below the MNT, if they cannot qualify for 1 of 2 slots from CONCACAF, there is a problem.  Of course the players are at an age when they should be prioritizing their club careers, yes, but the MNT side needs to protect their interests by making sure they are managing their core players and giving them a chance to play with one another.  They have failed on this front.  Look at what Neymar did for himself and Brazil when he opted to play in the Olympics and they won their first ever Olympic trophy in 2016 in Brazil when he was 24.  My 2-cents.  

  3. Ric Fonseca, November 7, 2019 at 10:11 p.m.

    Ohhhk, muchos thank yous for the notice, however, how come only one player from the great "wild-wild west???"  What are we, what's that saying, "are we cream cheese?"  Prove?  That US Soccer has a lot, and I mean A LOT of dinero$$$....

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