Tuesday, March 24, 2015

U.S. Camps

Lots of action in U.S. camps around the globe this week as the U.S. U-20s, U-23s and Senior National Team are all prepping for matches. Here's a quick summary of the rosters and upcoming schedules:


With the U-20 World Cup just months away, the U.S. has put together a squad with only ten returning players from the recent CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Five MLS players will be in this camp led by returnees Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy), Conor Donovan (Orlando City), and Tommy Thompson. Among the newcomers are Sporting Kansas City's Erik Palmer-Brown, Toronto FC's Marco Delgado and Atlético Madrid's Dembakwi Yomba. Palmer-Brown, who's 17, has played only five minutes this season, but he's the only one of the MLS group who's seen the field in 2015. The U-20s will take on Tottenham's U-21s on Friday and England's U-21s on Sunday. The US U-20s will have one more camp in mid-April in Austria with friendlies scheudled against Qatar and Croatia.

Olympic Camp

Seven MLSers were called into camp for the U-23 Olympic team ahead of qualification this October. The squad is led by Columbus Crew midfielder Wil Trapp and Real Salt Lake midfielder Luis Gil, but also features Shane O'Neill (Colorado), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy), 3rd overall pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft Christian Dean (Vancouver) and MLS rookies Khiry Shelton (NYCFC) and Fatai Alashe (San Jose). The squad also features Stanford's Jordan Morris who debuted with the Senior National Team in 2014, Roy Lassiter's son Ariel who plays for LA Galaxy II, and Tyler Miller, who famously spurned the Seattle Sounders for a spot in Germany's fourth division.The U-23s will take on Bosnia & Herzegovina on March 27th before facing off against Denmark on March 31st.


As has been the trend lately, the U.S. Men's National Team roster features some surprises for upcoming friendlies against Denmark (3/25) and Switzerland (3/31). Here's a rundown of some of the more surprising selections:

Cody Cropper - The 22 year-old Cropper, who plays for Southampton, has appeared previously for U.S. youth international teams, but is yet to earn a CAP for the Senior National Team.

William Yarbrough - The 26 year-old Yarbrough has played professionally in Mexico since 2010 helping León to a pair of Liga MX titles. This is his first time being called into a U.S. camp.

Ventura Alvarado - The 22 year-old defender currently plays for América in Mexico and recently appeared in their Champions League tilt against Herediano. Eligible to play for the U.S. or Mexico, this is his first call-up for the United States.

Tim Ream - The former New York Red Bull has been in England since 2012 logging over 40 appearances for Bolton last season. After a poor showing in the 2011 Gold Cup, Ream fell out of favor with the National Team not earning a single CAP in 2012 or 2013. He has 12 career appearances fo the U.S.

Julian Green - The World Cup darling has had a rough season in Germany, but he's still got a spot on Klinsmann's roster.

Danny Williams - The German born Williams was the first player to earn his first U.S. National Team CAP in the Klinsmann era, but hasn't been a factor recently. Now with Reading in the English League Championship, Williams looks to be getting another shot.

Additionally, six MLSers will be on the roster: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Brek Shea (Orlando City), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC) and Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders). Dempsey suffered an injury in training and is unlikely to appear in either match.

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