BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, July 10, 2014
US U-20 head coach Tab Ramos revealed his roster for the upcoming NTC Invitational to be held in Caron, California.
The U.S. team has already begun to assemble and it will play three games in the round robin tournament beginning on July 14 with a game against Chile. On July 16, it will host Bermuda followed by its finale on July 18.
While club commitments have likely kept several players away from the team including Matt Miazga, Eric Palmer-Brown, Junior Flores, and Emerson Hyndman, there are still several important players in camp.
Paul Arriola is the most high profile player on the 20 player roster after earning impressive minutes last season with Club Tijuana. Reading's Andrija Novkovich and Hoffenheim's Russell Canouse are also looking to cement their status as important parts of the team.
The most surprising pick of this roster is Fernando Arce Jr. of Club Tijuana who will be making his American debut at the NTC. Arce is the son of Mexican international Fernando Arce Sr. who is currently on Chivas. Arce Jr. is eligible on the fact that he was born in California.
With World Cup qualifying fast approaching in January, there are only limited opportunities for Tab Ramos to evaluate his player pool before establishing his core players.
GOALKEEPERS (2): Santiago Castano (New York Red Bulls; Union City, N.J.), Zack Steffen (Maryland; Downington, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (7): Michael Amick (UCLA; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Conor Donovan (Carolina RailHawks Academy; Fuquay Varina, N.C.), Chris Odoi-Atsem (Maryland; Mitchellville, Md.), Shaquell Moore (FC Dallas; Powder Springs, Ga.), John Requejo Jr. (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.), Caleb Smith (Solar Chelsea SC; Arlington, Texas), Jesus Vasquez (UANL Tigres; San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Fernando Arce (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Russell Canouse (TSG Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Marco Delgado (Chivas USA; Glendora, Calif.), Romain Gall (Lorient; Herndon, Va.), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland; Santa Cruz, Calif.), Jacori Hayes (Wake Forest; Bowie, Md.)
FORWARDS (5): Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Bradford Jamieson (LA Galaxy II; Los Angeles, Calif.), Benji Lopez (Arizona United SC; San Diego, Calif.), Andrija Novakovich (Reading; Muskego, Wis.), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union; Dresher, Pa.)