USA names roster for Olympic Men's Qualifying

Jason Kreis named the 20 under-23 players to represent the USA at the 2020 Concacaf Olympic Men's Qualifying Championship, to be held in Guadalajara, Mexico, March 20-April 1.

Group A schedule:
March 20 vs. Costa Rica (7 p.m. ET; FS2, TUDN)
March 23 vs. Dominican Republic (7 p.m. ET; FS1, TUDN)
March 26 vs. Mexico (11 p.m. ET; FS1, TUDN)

The squad includes seven players who played for the USA in its 1-0 win over Costa Rica in their senior international friendly on Feb 1. Four other players were previously capped at the senior international level.

The squad includes 15 players on MLS teams and five who are foreign-based. Teams are not required to release players for age-group competitions. In addition, Concacaf qualifying begins and ends outside the March FIFA window.

Kreis had said players playing on the first teams at European clubs would not be released. They include the likes of Christian Pulisic, Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie, Josh Sargent, Sergino Dest and Giovanni Reyna.

The two top teams in Concacaf -- the two semifinal winners -- will qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

GOALKEEPERS (3):

Matt Freese (Philadelphia Union)
JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (6):
Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas, 11 caps)
Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake)
Chris Gloster (PSV/NED)
Aaron Herrera (Real Salt Lake)
Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union, 1 cap)
Erik Palmer-Brown (Austria Wien/AUT, 2 caps)

MIDFIELDERS (6):
Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union, 1 cap)
Hassani Dotson (Minnesota United)
Richard Ledezma (PSV/NED)
Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire, 5 caps, 1 goal)
Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas, 1 cap)
Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes, 7 caps)

FORWARDS (5):
Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers, 1 cap)
Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas, 1 cap)
Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids, 6 caps)
Ulysses Llanez (Wolfsburg/GER, 1 cap, 1 goal)
Sebastian Saucedo (UNAM/MEX)
5 comments about "USA names roster for Olympic Men's Qualifying".
  1. humble 1, March 9, 2020 at 11:49 a.m.

    Interesting contrast, the USSF and CONCACAF strategy. Look at the last three champions, Argentina-2008, Mexico-2012, Brazil-2016.  Messi played in 2008, Neymar in 2016, and the list of Mexico stars in 2012 was impressive.  Look at the number of caps on those teams, they were not cap-light.  It looks likely that France will put Mbappe in 2020.  Interesting also that CONCACAF has not started Olympic qualification and all the other regions have already finished qualifying and teams are named.  Is it me or does it seem like we are walking backward and blind into this?    

  2. Del_Cat_6 6 replied, March 9, 2020 at 4:15 p.m.

    You’re referencing players and teams that competed at the Olympics. Neymar was an overage player added for the final roster. This is just qualification- no major teams have their top players released for these qualifiers. No, Mbappe wasn’t playing in qualifiers either, and yes, our top young players in Europe will be on the final Olympics roster if we qualify.

  3. humble 1 replied, March 9, 2020 at 4:24 p.m.

    Del, you are right, the players I named did not play in qualification.  Thanks for clarifying.  Would be a big statement if we do qualify and one or two big names from Europe join in.

  4. humble 1, March 9, 2020 at 4:16 p.m.

    ...that being said, the US roster is solid man-for-man.  Will need to come together as a unit and find the steel necessary to play in unfriendly confines with refs that speak Spanish.  There's a good chance half the starting team will be spanish/english speakers, that helps.  Lot's of impact from RSL, Dallas FC and now Philly as well; the residential academy model is making an impact.  Without know much about Costa Rica and Mexico or Honduras, I give the lads a good shot to qualify, on thier own merits.  We'll see.    

  5. Santiago 1314, March 9, 2020 at 10:13 p.m.

    Absolutely nothing here that means Qualification... Good Luck Boys... Work your A§§ off to defend the Stars and Stripes.!!!

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