BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, February 28, 2013
The United States U-20 national team has qualified for the U-20 World Cup but Tab Ramos has made roster changes ahead of the final two games of the CONCACAF tournament.
Under the format of the tournament, the winners of the quarterfinal games qualify for the U-20 World Cup but the teams still have semifinal games and a placement game for either first or third place.
With qualifying already in hand, several players on the US team have returned to their clubs and won't be available for the remaining games. Luis Gil has returned to Real Salt Lake ahead of this weekend's season opener. Jerome Kiesewetter is now back in Germany with Stuttgart and team captain Caleb Stanko is now at Freiburg.
It was also revealed that US goalkeeper Cody Cropper will play in the semifinal game against Cuba but will miss the placement game on Sunday against either Mexico or El Salvador.