2015 will be a big year for the U.S. National Teams, between the Women's World Cup, the Gold Cup, and possibly the U-20 World Cup.
Of course, in the latter case, the U.S. needs to qualify for the World Cup, to be held in New Zealand in May and June. They'll get their chance in January, in the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, which will be held in Jamaica, with a total of four teams qualifying for the big dance.
On Sunday, U.S. U-20 head coach Tab Ramos announced the rosters for both the final training camp, featuring 21 players and taking place in Florida, as well as the full 35-man provisional roster for the CONCACAF Championship tournament.
Three players with ties to Chivas USA's Academy made the cut of both the training camp and provisional rosters. First, former Chivas USA Homegrown midfielder Marky Delgado, now with Toronto FC, got the call again. Furthermore, former CUSA Academy players Bradford Jamieson IV, now a Homegrown player with the LA Galaxy, and Ben Spencer, who played in 2014 for new NASL side Indy Eleven on loan from Norwegian club Molde, also are in the mix for the tournament.
According to the story on U.S. Soccer's website, Ramos will name a 20-player roster for the tournament on Friday.
Though all three players are in decent position to make the CONCACAF Championship squad, this training camp could make or break their chances. It seems like Delgado and Jamieson are probably pretty likely to get the call, although it's entirely possible that Ramos could opt for European-based players instead. Admittedly, I don't know enough about Spencer's standing under Ramos to really know his chances of making the final roster at this stage.
So we'll have to see who proceeds to the U-20 Championship roster from here. If the U.S. qualifies, of course many of the players involved will likely be on the plane to New Zealand for the World Cup in the summer, something that would certainly give them great opportunities on the international stage.
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