CHICAGO (June 10, 2022) – USA Men’s National Under-20 Team Head Coach Mikey Varas has selected the 20-man roster that will represent USA at the 2022 Concacaf Under-20 Championship, which will take place from June 18 to July 3 in Honduras.
The United States will be aiming for one of four spots for the 2022 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Indonesia and will try to qualify for the Olympic Games for the first time since 2008. The United States are also looking to win their third straight Concacaf title after winning his first two championships at this age level in 2017 and 2018.
As the tournament’s top seed, the United States have been drawn into Group E and open the competition against St. Kitts and Nevis on Saturday, June 18 (4 p.m. ET), will face regional rivals Canada on Monday. June 20 (8:30 p.m. ET) and concludes the group stage against Cuba on Wednesday, June 22 (8:30 p.m. ET).
2022 CONCACAF U-20 CHAMPIONSHIP ROSTER BY POST (COLLEGE OR CLUB; HOMETOWN)
KEEPERS (2): Christopher Brady (Chicago Fire FC; Naperville, Ill.), Antonio Carrera (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas
DEFENDERS (6): Noah Allen (Inter Miami CF; Miramar, Fla.), Brandan Craig (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Pa.), Mauricio Cuevas (Club Brugge/BEL; Los Angeles, Calif.), Marcus Ferkranus (LA Galaxy; Santa Clarita, Calif.), Michael Halliday (Orlando City SC; Apopka, Fla.), Jalen Neal (LA Galaxy; Lakewood, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Paxten Aaronson (Philadelphia Union; Medford, NJ), Alejandro Alvarado Jr. (FC Vizela/POR; Los Angeles, Calif.), Caden Clark (New York Red Bulls; Wayzata, Minn.) Daniel Edelman (New York Red Bulls; Warren, NJ), Diego Luna (Real Salt Lake; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Jack McGlynn (Philadelphia Union; Middle Village, NY), Rokas Pukstas (Hajduk Split/CRO; Sillwater, Okla.), Niko Tsakiris (San Jose Earthquakes; Saratoga, California), Obed Vargas (Seattle Sounders FC; Anchorage, Alaska)
FORWARDS (3): Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes; Ceres, CA), Quinn Sullivan (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, PA), Tyler Wolff (Atlanta United FC; Braselton, Georgia)
Midfielder Obed Vargas will join the Honduras squad after the end of the group stage.
Players born on or after 1 January 2003 are eligible for the Concacaf U-20 Championship and Varas has selected 14 players born in 2003, eight born in 2004 and two born in 2005. The list includes players from 11 clubs, including eight from Major League Soccer, led by four from the Philadelphia Union. Three players are based abroad in Belgium, Croatia and Portugal. Twelve states are represented on the roster, with seven players hailing from California.
Midfielder Caden Clark and forward Cade Cowell both have previous senior USMNT experience as the duo were called up to full-squad training camp in December in Carson, Calif. Cowell made his senior international debut in the USMNT friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Defender Mauricio Cuevas is the only player with Concacaf World Cup qualifying experience, as he helped MYNT U-17 achieve a record 17th FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2019. midfielder Rokas Pukstas played for the United States in the 2019 Concacaf U-15 Boys’ Championship, helping the team reach the semi-finals.
Midfielder Alejandro Alvarado Jr. is the only player to receive his first U-20 MYNT call-up for the World Cup qualifiers. All other players have attended at least one other training camp since the cycle began in November 2021, led by four call-ups for midfielders Paxten Aaronson, Caden Clark, Daniel Edelman, Diego Luna and Jack McGlynn as well as the striker Quinn Sullivan.
The Concacaf U-20 Championship features 20 teams – 16 split into four groups of four and four who have already qualified for the Round of 16 via pre-tournament qualifying.
The first three of the four groups will advance to the round of 16 and will join four teams already qualified for the round of 16. From there, the teams will play a knockout tournament with the four semi-finalists qualifying for the FIFA U-20 World Cup and the two finalists qualifying for the 2024 Olympics.
The three games of the USA group stage will be played at the Estadio Nacional in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. Estadio Morazan and Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula will also serve as venues for the competition.
Four substitutes will travel with the United States to Honduras to train with the team before the tournament: goalkeeper Alexander Borto (Fulham/ENG), defender Jaziel Orozco (Real Salt Lake) as well as midfielders Jackson Hopkins ( DC United) and Tarun Karumanchi (UCLA). All four players will leave camp before the tournament unless injured.