Welcome to your live match thread for the first United States Under-20 Men’s National Team match of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship! The U.S. will take on Panama in Costa Rica in the first of three group stage matches, and will attempt to qualify by coming in first or second in Group B.
Head Coach Tab Ramos will look to become the first coach in USYNT history to lead the U-20s to three straight World Cups. Ramos will be looking towards Orlando City’s Tommy Redding, Real Salt Lake’s Justin Glad, and Sporting Kansas City’s Erik Palmer-Brown to lead to way for the Red, White & Blue. All three defenders will be looking to use the international tournament to help solidify starting spots on each of their respective MLS sides.
After failing to qualify for the Rio Olympics, this is the last opportunity for 20-year-old Redding to participate in an international tournament at the youth level. The experience from playing in the U-20 World Cup will help Redding become the starting center back for Orlando City. After captaining the Yanks at the end of the 2016 calendar year, Redding will once again be a leader on the team. This is the perfect chance for the Orlando City homegrown player to not only break into the Lions’ starting XI, but also open USMNT head coach Bruce Arena’s eyes to his talent.
Goalkeepers: Jonathan Klinsmann (University of California; Newport Beach, Calif.), J.T. Marcinkowski (Georgetown; Alamo, Calif.)
Defenders: Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake; Salt Lake City, Utah), Marlon Fossey (Fulham FC; Surbiton, England), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; Tucson, Ariz.), Aaron Herrera (New Mexico; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee's Summit, Mo.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union; Media, Pa.)
Midfielders: Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; Wappingers Falls, N.Y), Luca de la Torre (Fulham FC; San Diego, Calif.), Jonathan Gonzalez (CF Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Jeremiah Gutjahr (Indiana University; Bloomington, Ind.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake; Park City, Utah), Eryk Williamson (University of Maryland; Alexandria, Va.)
Forwards: Coy Craft (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers; Bethesda, Md.), Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Jonathan Lewis (New York City FC; Plantation, Fla.), Emmanuel Sabbi (UD Las Palmas; Libertyville, Ill.)
How to Watch:
Match Time: 4 p.m. ET
Venue: Estadio Ricardo Saprissa — Tibas, Costa Rica
Streaming: CONCACAF FaceBook Live
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