Tab Ramos names the US list for the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2019 in Poland

United States will face Ukraine, Nigeria and Qatar in the group stage; 14 players return from the U-20 Championship of Concacaf 2018

U-20 MNT
May 10, 2019

CHICAGO (May 10, 2019) -U.S. The head coach of the U-20 Men's National Team, Tab Ramos, selected the 21 players who will represent the United States at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which will be held in Poland from May 23 to 15. June.

The United States starts the tournament on Friday, May 24 against Ukraine (2:30 p.m. ET, FS1), faces Nigeria on Monday, May 27 (2:30 p.m. ET, FS1) and concludes the group stage on Thursday, June 30. May vs Qatar (2:30 pm ET; FS2).

"I am excited for the players who will have the opportunity to participate in a World Cup." It is an unforgettable experience and one that will be valued forever, "said Ramos." This is always an extremely difficult decision to make as a coach. five additional players who also deserve to go this time. "

Nineteen of the 21 players on the list have spent at least one season at the United States Soccer Development Academy. Twelve players are playing internationally, while nine are based in the country.

Players born on or after January 1, 1999 are eligible for the 2019 U-20 World Cup. The list for the United States consists of six players born in 1999, 12 born in 2000 and three born in 2001.

"This team has excellent leadership and competitiveness on and off the field," said Ramos. "We are all eager to take advantage of this opportunity that was won with a focus, consistency and determination unprecedented in the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship."

2019 List of the FIFA U-20 World Cup by position (Club, Hometown, Caps / Sub-20 goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3): CJ Dos Santos (Benfica / POR; Foxchase, Pa.; 2/0), David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake; Oxnard, Calif.; 4/0); Brady Scott (Köln / GER; Petaluma, Calif.; 9/0 )
DEFENDERS (6): Sergino Dest (Ajax / NED; Almere-Stad, The Netherlands; 8/1); Chris Gloster (Hannover 96 / GER; Montclair, NJ; 11/0); Aboubacar Keita (Richmond Kickers; Columbus, Ohio; 2/0) , Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; Bear, Del .; 10/3), Matthew Real (Philadelphia Union; Drexel Hill, Pa.; 10/0), Chris Richards (Bayern Munich / GER; Birmingham, Ala.; 8/0 )
MIDFIELDERS (6): Edwin Cerrillo (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas; 0/0); Chris Durkin (DC United; Glen Allen, VA; 2/0); Richard Ledezma (PSV Eindhoven / NED; Phoenix, Arizona; 4/0); Alex Mendez (Freiburg / GER; Los Angeles, California; 15/8); Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas; Highland Village, Texas; 9/3); Brandon Servania (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas; 8/2)
FORWARD (6): Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC / CAN, Brampton, Ont., 12/9), Konrad De La Fuente (Barcelona / ESP; Miami, Florida; 2/1), Ulysses Llanez (Wolfsburg / GER; Lynwood, Calif .; 11) / 7), Justin Rennicks (New England Revolution, South Hamilton, Mbad., 13/6), Sebastian Soto (Hannover 96 / GER, San Diego, California, 5/2), Tim Weah (Celtic FC / SCO, Rosedale, NY; 0/0)

Since the beginning of the cycle in January 2018, the U-20s have achieved an international record of 13-2-0, testing against 12 different national teams during the course of eight training camps.

Fourteen players return from the team that won the second confederation title in the United States in the Concacaf 2018 U-20 Championship. Alex Mendez took home the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament, while Brady Scott won The Golden Glove as its best goalkeeper. Eight players on the World Cup list won the Best XI in the regional championship: Scott and Méndez, defenders Sergino Dest, Chris Gloster and Mark McKenzie, midfielder Brandon Servania and strikers Ayo Akinola and Ulysses Llanez.

In the back of his outstanding performance in the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, Mendez also took home the US 2018 Young Men's Player of the Year honors. The midfielder scored eight goals, added six badists in the tournament and surrendered in the most critical moments of the team, scoring the first match against Costa Rica to secure a spot in the World Cup and then bag a clamp in the championship match against Mexico.

Scott is the only one who returned from the list of the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2017, while six players represented the USA. UU At the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 in India: Ayo Akiniola, Dest, Gloster, CJ Dos Santos, Chris Durkin and Tim Weah. . All but Dos Santos started the games for the United States during the team's run to the quarterfinals. Weah is the only player crowned by the senior MNT, who appears in eight games for the entire team in 2018.

The 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup has 24 nations divided into six groups of four teams. The first two clbadified in each group, as well as the four best teams in third place advance to the elimination round. The 52 matches of the tournament will be played in six venues throughout Poland.

FIFA U-20 World Cup 2019 – Group D Schedule – United States



Kickoff (ET)

Meeting place

TV information

Friday, May 24

USA vs. Ukraine

2:30 pm.

Bielsko-Biala Stadium; Bielsko-Biala, Poland


Monday, May 27

USA vs. Nigeria

2:30 pm.

Bielsko-Biala Stadium; Bielsko-Biala, Poland


Thursday, May 30

USA vs. Qatar

2:30 pm.

Tychy Stadium; Tychy, Poland


United States is one of the two countries that have reached the quarterfinals of the last two.

The FIFA U-20 World Cups and one of the five nations qualify for the last four tournaments. USA UU He has qualified for 16 of the 22 Under-20 World Cups of all time, tied for second place in the world.


  • This will be the fourth World Cup for Ramos as head coach of the U-20 MNT team. As one of the most prominent characters in the history of US football. The tournament this summer will make Ramos become the first man to go to 11 FIFA world championships as a player or coach.
  • The breakdown of the list by age: 20 (three players), 19 (eight players) 18 (eight players), 17 (one player).
  • The list of EE. UU It consists of nine players with national base and 12 with international headquarters in Germany (six), the Netherlands (two), Canada, Portugal, Scotland and Spain (one each).
  • Ayo Akinola enters the World Cup as the team's top scorer with nine goals. The Toronto FC striker scored seven of those goals in the Concacaf 2018 U-20 Championship.
  • Alex Mendez is the most experienced player on the team with 15 appearances at the U-20 level. Nineteen of the 21 players on the list have won caps with the U-20 MNT.
  • Striker Tim Weah helped Celtic take home their eighth consecutive title in the Scottish Premier League last week, starting in a 3-0 victory in Aberdeen to win the championship. Celtic will also participate in the Final of the Scottish Cup against the Hearts on May 25.
  • Striker Sebastian Soto made his Bundesliga debut for Hannover 96 last month as a substitute for Wolfsburg. Last week, Soto recorded his 15th and 16th goals of the season for the Hanover U-19s in a 2-0 victory at the Dynamo Dresden.
  • Midfielders Edwin Cerillo and Paxton Pomykal have become matches for FC Dallas this season. In the 10 club matches, they have made eight and nine appearances, respectively. Pomykal has made the MLS Team of the Week three times in 2019.
  • After recovering from injury, midfielder Richard Ledezma made his first start for PSV Eindhoven's U-19s last week, scoring a goal against NAC Breda.
  • After returning from injury, goalkeeper Brady Scott achieved his first start of 2019 for FC Köln II last week, keeping a clean sheet in a 5-0 victory against Fortuna Düsseldorf.
  • Goalkeeper CJ Dos Santos made his debut with Benfica's U-23 side last month against Estoril Praia.
  • Midfielder Brandon Servania has played every minute for the club of the USL League One North Texas SC so far this season.
  • The three players born in 2001, goalkeeper David Ochoa and striker Konrad De La Fuente and Ulysses Llanez, are also eligible by age for the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2021.
  • The 19 players born in the United States come from 12 different states, and the largest number comes from California (five).

The academy ties

  • Nineteen of the 21 players have spent at least one season at the United States Soccer Development Academy.
  • In addition to the nine players from MLS teams that emerged in their respective academies, the remaining 11 players played for the last time for the following DA teams: Dos Santos (Philadelphia Union), Gloster (New York Red Bulls), Keita (Columbus) Crew SC, currently on loan from Columbus), Ledezma (Real Salt Lake), Llanez (LA Galaxy), Mendez (LA Galaxy), Richards (FC Dallas), Scott (De Anza Force), Soto (Real Salt Lake), Weah (New York) Red Bulls).
  • Three players won the Conference Player of the Year Award in the 2017-18 season: Ledezma (U-18/19, West Conference), Llanez (U-16/17, West Conference) and Richards (U-18/19). , Central Conference).
  • Last season seven players were named to the Best XIs Academy: Keita (Central U-18/19), Ledezma (West U-18/19), Llanez (West U-16/17), Mendez (West U-18 / 19), Ochoa (West U-16/17), Richards (Central U-18/19) Soto (West U-18/19).
  • Pomykal and Servania were part of the FC Dallas U-15/16 team that won the 2016 Development Academy Championship. Pomykal was also part of the U-17/18 team that also won the championship that year.
  • Richards won the U17 / 18 2017 Academy Championship with the Texans SC Houston.

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