Monday January 5th, 2015

The United States has named its roster for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship starting later this week.

The team is comprised of two goalkeepers, six defenders, seven midfielders and five forwards.

The U-20 team went 6-1-2 in international competition last year and will begin the CONCACAF U-20 tournament on Friday against Guatemala. They have matches against Panama on Jan. 11, Aruba on Jan. 14, Jamaica on Jan. 18 and Trinidad & Tobago on Jan. 21.

The winner and three others from the tournament will qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup starting May 30 in New Zealand.

The U.S. finished in second place in the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

• U.S. women's national team announces roster for January camp  "Selecting the final 20 players was extremely difficult,” U-20 head coach Tab Ramos said. “This is a group that has a lot of depth. It's a group that has gotten good results throughout the last 12 to 14 months, regardless of the players we've had.”

Six players on the roster also play in Major League Soccer, including captain Kellyn Acosta, who plays for FC Dallas, and New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga. Forwards Paul Arriola and Amando Moreno, midfielder Fernando Arce and defender John Requejo are all teammates on Mexico's Club Tijuana.

U.S. U-20 Roster

Goalkeepers: Ethan Horvath (Molde FK), Zack Steffen (SC Freiburg)

Defenders: Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur), Conor Donovan (N.C. State), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Shaquell Moore (Unattached), John Requejo (Club Tijuana), Tyler Turner (Orlando City)

Midfielders: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Fernando Arce (Club Tijuana), Russell Canouse (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim), Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund), Romain Gall (Columbus Crew), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham)

Forwards: Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy), Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana), Ben Spencer (Molde FK), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes)

• LYTTLETON: Gerrard will flourish after Liverpool

- Scooby Axson

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.