USA U-20 World Cup roster includes Zelalem, Klinsmann's son, U-17 standout
- The USA will play Ecuador, Senegal and Saudi Arabia in South Korea later this month.
U.S. Under-20 national team manager Tab Ramos has called on his 21-man roster for the World Cup, which kicks off in South Korea later in May, with Gedion Zelalem, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Erik Palmer-Brown and Jurgen Klinsmann's son, Jonathan, making the final cut.
Also included are five players with ties to Real Salt Lake and 16-year-old forward Josh Sargent, who just helped the USA U-17s qualify for the World Cup in that age group. He could be the first player since Freddy Adu to feature in both the U-17 and U-20 World Cups in the same year, according to a U.S. Soccer press release.
Ghana-born Derrick Jones was cleared by FIFA to represent the USA last week, as SI's Grant Wahl reported, and he has been included in Ramos's midfield.
Carter-Vickers' health bears watching, with the Tottenham center back ailing with a knee injury and unlikely to play for the club for the rest of the season.
Christian Pulisic, who was included on the preliminary roster, was not called upon, with Dortmund's advancement to the DFB Pokal final putting an end to the already slim chances that he would go, while Ramos told reporters on a Tuesday conference call that Schalke provided a roadblock in releasing any of the Haji Wright, Nick Taitague and Weston McKennie trio that is at the German club.
The U.S., which won CONCACAF's Under-20 championship for the first time, will play Ecuador, Senegal and Saudi Arabia on May 22, 25 and 28, respectively, in the group stage. In the last U-20 cycle, the USA reached the quarterfinals before bowing out on penalty kicks to eventual champion Serbia.
"We are very excited to once again provide a great competitive opportunity to our players and are looking forward to heading to Korea Republic," Ramos said in a statement. "As always there were some extremely tough decisions to make. This is a talented age group."
Here is the U.S. roster in full:
GOALKEEPERS: Jonathan Klinsmann (University of California; Newport Beach, Calif.), J.T. Marcinkowski (Georgetown; Alamo, Calif.), Brady Scott (De Anza Force; Petaluma, Calif.)
DEFENDERS: Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake; Salt Lake City, Utah), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur FC; Westcliff-on-Sea, England), Marlon Fossey (Fulham FC; Surbiton, England), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; Tucson, Ariz.), Aaron Herrera (University of New Mexico; Las Cruces, N.M.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee's Summit, Mo.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS: Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Luca De La Torre (Fulham FC; San Diego, Calif.), Derrick Jones (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Pa.), Eryk Williamson (University of Maryland; Alexandria, Va.), Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal FC; Bethesda, Md.)
FORWARDS: Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers; Bethesda, Md.), Lagos Kunga (Atlanta United FC Academy; Tucker, Ga.) Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Emmanuel Sabbi (Unattached; Columbus, Ohio), Josh Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri; O'Fallen, Mo.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake; Park City, Utah)