CHICAGO (March 1, 2021) – The head coach of the US men’s U23 national team, Jason Crises, called up 31 players to a training camp ahead of the Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico.
U-23 USMNT will train together in Mexico before Kreis selects the final roster of 20 players later this month. The United States will start qualifying for the Olympics on Thursday, March 18 against Costa Rica at 17:00 ET, face the Dominican Republic on Sunday, March 21 at 19:00 ET and end the group stage against Mexico on Wednesday, March 24 at 21
“We are happy to finally return to Guadalajara before the Olympic qualifiers,” said Kreis. “A lot has changed since March 2020, but we have seen our player pool grow and gain invaluable experience over the last year. We look forward to a few weeks of preparation before the tournament and are grateful for the assistance of the clubs in releasing their players for this very important training camp. I am confident that the group we have assembled can achieve our ultimate goal of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics. “
Composition of the training camp U-23 USMNT by position (club; hometown):
GOALKEEPERS (4): Matt Freese (Philadelphia Union; Wayne, PA), Jonathan Klinsmann (LA Galaxy; Munich, Germany), JT Marchinkowski (San Jose, Alamo, California Earthquakes), David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake; Oxnard, CA)
PROTECTORS (10): Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy; Lompoc, CA), George Bello (Atlanta United FC; Douglasville, Galaxy), Marco Farfan (LAFC; Gresham, Oregon), Justin Glad (Real Salt Lake; Tucson, Ariz.), Aaron Herrera Real Salt Lake; Las Cruces, NM), Henry Kessler (New England Revolution; New York, NY), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire FC; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United FC; Arlington, Massachusetts), Auston Trusty (Colorado Rapids; Media, Pa.), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
AVERAGE FULL (8): Frankie Amaya (Cincinnati FC; Santa Ana, CA), Cole Bassett (Colorado Rapids; Littleton, Colorado), Johnny Cardoso (International / BRA; Danville, NJ), Hassani Dotson (Minnesota United FC), Federal Road, Federal Road; Perea (Orlando City; Medellin, Colombia), Tanner Tesman (Dallas FC; Hoover, Alabama), Eric Williamson (Portland Timbers; Alexandria, Washington), Jackson Yule (San Jose Earthquakes; Bloomington, Min.)
NEXT (9): Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas; McKinney, Texas), Brooks Lennon (Atlanta United FC; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids; Plantation, Fla.), Ulysses Llanez (Heerenveen / NED; Lynwood, CA), Benji Michelle (Orlando City; Orlando, Florida), George Mikhailovich (CF Montreal / CAN; Jacksonville, Florida), Ricardo Pepi (Dallas FC; McKinney, Texas), Sebastian Sausedo (UNAM Pumas / MEX; Park City, Utah), Sebastian (Norwich City / San Diego, CA)
The training camp consists of 15 players who are limited by the senior USMNT and 16 who played in the Youth World Cup.
A total of 14 players were on the USMNT roster against Trinidad and Tobago last month, a 7-0 victory. Defenders George Bello and Aaron Herrera, as well as midfielders Andres Perea and Tanner Tesman, made their senior team debuts, while strikers Jesus Ferreira and Jonathan Lewis scored his first full international goals. Before the match, 18 players took part in the January U-23 USMNT training camp. All but six players have participated in the USMNT program since it returned to action in November 2020.
The Olympic qualifying tournament was originally scheduled for March 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Players born on or after January 1, 1997 are eligible to compete, and Kreis selected 13 players born in 1997, five born in 1998, one born in 1999, four born in 2000. six, born in 2001, one born in 2002 and one born in 2003 for the training camp.
Eight countries take part in the tournament, divided into two groups of four teams. The two best finalists in each group will qualify for the main semifinal, which will send two winners of the Tokyo Olympics as representatives of Concacaf. The two winners will also meet in the finals on March 30.