The United States Under-20 Men’s National Team kicks off Group F play against Ecuador in the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic in the wee hours of Monday morning, our time. This 21-man roster consists of 15 players who were part of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 championship team, and includes nine MLS players. Additionally, defenders Erik Palmer-Brown and Cameron Carter-Vickers, and midfielder Gedion Zelalem, will represent the U.S. in their second Under-20 World Cup.
“We’re also very proud that for the first time we get to travel to a World Cup as champions of our region. I’m looking forward to seeing how the team responds to that. Normally, we like to play the underdog role, and in this case, we remain underdogs but we go there as champions,” head coach Tab Ramos said. “I hope that we can really take this new experience as a good one and that this becomes more the norm rather than the exception.”
Orlando City has its own representative with defender Tommy Redding ready to play a major part in any U.S. run. Redding was a vital piece in the Americans’ regional championship, and with fellow center backs Carter-Vickers and Justin Glad questionable to play because of injuries, the U.S. will look again to Redding in securing the back line.
Ecuador makes its third U-20 World Cup appearance, and its first one outside of its home continent. In its previous two tournaments, 2001 and 2011, Ecuador advanced to the Round of 16. The U.S. will need to look to stop Atalanta midfielder Bryan Cabezas, who led Ecuador’s goal chart in qualification.
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), 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.), 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.), 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'Fallon, Mo.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake; Park City, Utah).
Goalkeepers: Gabriel Carabali (CSD Colo-Colo/CHI), Jose Cevallos (Barcelona SC/ECU), Gian Terreros (Barcelona SC/ECU).
Defenders: Jonathan Bravo (CD River Plate/ECU), Pervis Estupinan (Granada CF/ESP), Kevin Minda (LDU Quito/ECU), Angelo Preciado (Independiente del Valle/ECU), Joel Quintero (CS Emelec/ECU), Luis Segovia (CD El nacional/ECU), Felix Torres (Barcelona SC/ECU).
Midfielders: Wilter Ayovi (Independiente del Valle/ECU), Bryan Cabezas (Atalanta Bergamo/ITA), Yeison Guerrero (Independiente del Valle/ECU), Renny Jaramillo (Independiente del Valle/ECU), Juan Nazareno (Independiente del Valle/ECU), Jhonny Quinonez (CS Norte America/ECU), Jordan Sierra (Delfin SC/ECU).
Forwards: Jordy Caicedo (CD Universidad Catolica/ECU), Washington Corozo (Independiente del Valle/ECU), Herlin Lino (Deportivo Cuenca/ECU), Joao Rojas (CS Emelec/ECU).
How to Watch:
Match Time: 4 a.m. ET.
Venue: Incheon Stadium — Incheon, Korea Republic.
TV: FS1, Telemundo.
Streaming: FOX Sports Go.
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