UPDATE: Jordan Bender (Orlando City SC) will replace Kevin Bonilla (FC Dallas) on the roster due to injury.— U.S. Soccer YNT (@USYNT) January 9, 2020
WEDNESDAY, 12 PM ET: Anthony Hudson named seven MLS players to the 24-man roster for his first training camp in charge of the US Under-20 men’s national team, which opens this week at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida and runs through Jan. 19. The U-20s will face Mexico in friendlies on Jan. 16 and 18.
FC Dallas lead the way with two players selected, while Chicago Fire FC, the Colorado Rapids, Houston Dynamo, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting KC are also represented. Indiana's Aidan Morris has reportedly signed a Homegrown deal with Columbus Crew SC.
Two players, Marlon Vargas and John Pulskamp, play with the USL Championship affiliates of their MLS clubs while Nico Benalcazar (NYCFC) and Blake Malone (Seattle Sounders) are members of MLS academies.
“I’m very proud to be joining U.S. Soccer,” said Hudson, the former Rapids coach whose hiring was also officially announced on Wednesday, in a statement. “It’s a really exciting time with the game's rapid growth in this country and especially with so many talented young players coming through the ranks. I can’t wait to work with them and help develop these players into contributors at the highest level.”
Hitting the ground running! ⚡️— U.S. Soccer YNT (@USYNT) January 8, 2020
New U-20 MNT head coach Anthony Hudson will hold his first training camp this week, featuring two games vs. Mexico 🇲🇽
This month’s gathering will serve as the first step in preparations for this summer’s Concacaf U-20 Championship, the qualifying event for the 2021 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which kicks off next May in Indonesia.
The US – who are the defending Concacaf U-20 champions – are scheduled to face Costa Rica, Jamaica and St. Kitts & Nevis in group-stage play at this year's Concacaf tournament, for which the venue details have yet to be announced.
USA U-20 roster for January 2020 camp
|GK||Ochoa, David||Real Salt Lake|
|GK||Odunze, Chituru||Leicester City|
|GK||Pulskamp, John||Sporting Kansas City|
|GK||Schulte, Patrick||St. Louis UniversityNE Revolution|
|D||Akanyirige, Jacob||San Jose Earthquakes|
|D||Benalcazar, Nico||Wake Forest|
|D||Harriel, Nathan||Philadelphia Union|
|D||Malone, Blake||North Carolina|
|D||Pierre, Kurowskybob||Real Salt Lake|
|D||Reynolds II, Andre||Chicago Fire FC|
|D||Ritchie, Stuart||Hannover 96|
|M||Bassett, Cole||Colorado Rapids|
|M||Bender, Jordan||Orlando City SC|
|M||Flach, Leon||St. Pauli|
|M||Morris, Aidan||Columbus Crew SC|
|M||Palomino, Marcelo||Houston Dynamo|
|M||Roberts, Thomas||FC Dallas|
|F||Busio, Gianluca||Sporting Kansas City|
|F||Miljevic, Matko||Argentinos Juniors|
|F||Sealy, Dante||FC Dallas|
|F||Vargas, Marlon||Seattle Sounders|