The squad options 11 gamers with senior caps as Jason Kreis appears to guide this system to the Olympics for the primary time since 2008
Ulysses Llanez, Sebastian Soto and Johnny Cardoso headline the U.S. U23 squad for the upcoming CONCACAF Olympic qualifiers.
Jason Kreis has chosen his 20-player squad for the upcoming qualifying event, which kicks off on March 18.
In complete, the squad options 11 gamers which have earned caps on the senior stage, together with Julian Araujo, Jackson Yueill, Jonathan Lewis and Jesus Ferriera.
The U.S. squad
GOALKEEPERS: Matt Freese (Philadelphia Union, JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes), David Ochoa (Actual Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS: Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy), Justen Glad (Actual Salt Lake), Aaron Herrera (Actual Salt Lake), Henry Kessler (New England Revolution), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Hearth FC), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids)
MIDFIELDERS: Johnny Cardoso (Internacional), Hassani Dotson (Minnesota United FC), Ulysses Llanez (Heerenveen), Djordje Mihailovic (CF Montreal), Andrés Perea (Orlando Metropolis), Sebastian Saucedo (UNAM Pumas), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes)
FORWARDS: Jesus Ferreira (FC Dallas), Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids), Benji Michel (Orlando Metropolis), Sebastian Soto (Norwich Metropolis)
What was mentioned?
“We all know that qualifying will likely be a problem, however it’s a problem that we’re prepared for,” Kreis mentioned. “We’ll want all 20 gamers on this roster to contribute for us to realize our final aim of qualifying for the Olympics.
“We’ve had a productive coaching camp in Guadalajara and our gamers are hungry for the chance to compete. After beginning this journey almost two years in the past, we’re excited to get began with the event.”
The street forward
To qualify for the Olympics for the primary time since 2008, the U.S. must emerge from a troublesome group that includes two of the area’s heavy-hitters.
The U.S. will open group play towards Costa Rica on March 18 to start the qualifying event, which is held in Guadalajara, Mexico.
After that, they will tackle the Dominican Republic on March 21 earlier than a marquee group stage finale towards hosts Mexico three days later.
Ought to the U.S. end in one of many group’s high two spots, they will transfer on to the semifinals, the place a win will see them advance to the finals and, extra importantly, the Olympics as each finalists will signify CONCACAF at this summer season’s event.
The Olympic qualifying event was initially scheduled for March 2020 however was postponed as a result of Covid -19 pandemic.