Despite being a fixture in training camps the past year or so, former Chivas USA Homegrown player Marky Delgado won't be going to the CONCACAF U-20 Championship as part of the United States' squad, as he was left off head coach Tab Ramos' 20-man tournament roster.
The tournament, set to kick off this week, will determine the countries that will qualify for the U-20 World Cup, set to be held in New Zealand this summer.
Two players with Chivas USA Academy connections did make the final cut, as LA Galaxy Homegrown attacker Bradford Jamieson IV and Molde forward Ben Spencer are both headed to Jamaica for the tournament.
Delgado, now with Toronto FC, had been called into the final tune-up camp by Ramos and had served as team captain in past scrimmages. But Ramos' final squad was dominated by foreign-based pros in the midfield, with only FC Dallas defender Kellyn Acosta representing MLS (and to be considered a midfielder by Ramos seems a bit odd).
As a result, if the U.S. U-20s make it to the World Cup, it seems unlikely Delgado would go to that tournament, but you never know. It seems for now, his focus has to be on starting 2015 strong with TFC.
And best of luck to the Americans at the tournament, of course. If you want to watch in the United States, here's the tip:
In addition to every #USMNT U-20 qualifying match on FS2, every Mexico match will also be on FS2. Those matches also on Fox Sports Go.— Stars and Stripes FC (@StarsStripesFC) January 5, 2015
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