U-23 USMNT roster for Olympic Qualifiers

The USA U-23 head coach, Jason Kreis, has selected his roster for their qualifying campaign for the 2021 Olympic Games against Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Mexico.

U-23 USMNT roster for Olympic Qualifiers

The USA U-23 team begins its qualifying campaign for the 2021 Olympic Games with a game against Costa Rica on Thursday 18 March and this is followed by matches against the Dominican Republic and Mexico.

U-23 USMNT promise

It’s an exciting looking group of young players that head coach Jason Kreis has called upon, with 11 of them already having earned a cap for the senior squad - Jackson Yueill having done so on nine occasions - and ten have previously won Concacaf U-20 championships.

Out of all the Concacaf teams, the USA’s 14 appearances at the Olympic Games is the greatest and since 1992, when the U-23 rule came into being, they have featured in four out of seven Olympics. The last time they qualified was in 2008, when a promising teenager going by the name of Freddy Adu scored twice against Canada to reach Beijing. For Rio 2016, the team finished third in their group but failed to overcome Colombia in the playoff double-header.

U-23 USMNT roster for Olympic Qualifiers

Goalkeepers: Matt Freese (Philadelphia Union; Wayne, Pa.), JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes, Alamo, Calif.), David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake; Oxnard, Calif.)

Defenders: Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy; Lompoc, Calif.), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; Tucson, Ariz.), Aaron Herrera (Real Salt Lake; Las Cruces, N.M.), Henry Kessler (New England Revolution; New York, N.Y.), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire FC; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids; Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Midfielders: Johnny Cardoso (Internacional/BRA; Denville, N.J.), Hassani Dotson (Minnesota United FC; Federal Way, Wash.), Ulysses Llanez (Heerenveen/NED; Lynwood, Calif.), Djordje Mihailovic (CF Montreal/CAN; Lemont, Ill.), Andrés Perea (Orlando City SC; Medellín, Colombia), Sebastian Saucedo (UNAM Pumas/MEX; Park City, Utah), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; Bloomington, Minn.)

Forwards: Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas; McKinney, Texas), Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids; Plantation, Fla.), Benji Michel (Orlando City SC; Orlando, Fla.), Sebastian Soto (Norwich City/ENG; San Diego, Calif.)

Here on AS English we'll be keeping a close eye on the team's progress and the development of the young players.