May 7, 2015
NEW ZEALAND BOUND
Local products named to U-20 World Cup Team
NEW YORK--Local products Zack Steffen and Russell Canouse have been named to the to the U.S. Menís National Team Under-20 roster for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Steffen spent two seasons at the University of Maryland leading the Terps to a pair of conference tournament titles in addition to two regular season crowns while playing every minute of every match for the Terps. He was named Defensive Most Valuable Player at the 2013 College Cup in Philadelphia and garnered top defensive honors in this seasonís Big Ten Championship in College Park. The Downingtown, Pa., native is widely regarded as one of the best prospects in the US youth soccer system. He signed with Freiburg of the Bundesliga last December.
Canouse, a native of Lancaster, is currently with Hoffenheim, also in Germany. He spent time with the New York Red Bulls Academy and was also in residency camp with the U.S. U-17 National Team before going to Germany with Hoffenheim's Academy. He signed a pro contract with the club last May.
"I'm very excited about this particular group," said U.S. U-20 coach Tab Ramos. "It was very difficult making the final decision because there were quite a few players who deserved to go to the World Cup. Unfortunately, in the end I can only select a certain number, and I'm very happy with the selections that we made."
Ramos must fill out the final roster of 21 players by May 15, which is the deadline for submission to FIFA.
Players will begin reporting May 14 to the National Training Center in Carson, California. The group departs May 16 for training in Australia, where the remaining players will join the camp prior to arrival in New Zealand.
The U.S. was drawn into Group A with host New Zealand, Ukraine and Myanmar. The team opens group play against Myanmar at 11 p.m. CT on May 30 in Whangarei, New Zealand, followed by matches with New Zealand on June 2 and Ukraine on June 5, both of which will be played in Auckland. All of the U.S.'s group matches will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and NBC Universo.
The U-20 MNT capped off its World Cup Qualifying run at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship with four-straight wins. After opening the tournament with a 1-1 draw against Guatemala followed by a 1-0 loss to Panama, the team went on to defeat Aruba, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago to earn a playoff match with El Salvador. The U-20s were victorious against El Salvador and the 2-0 win secured the team a spot in the 2015 U-20 FIFA World Cup.
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Jeff Caldwell (University of Virginia; Todd, N.C.), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zack Steffen (Freiburg; Downingtown, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (6): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur; Westcliff on Sea, England), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee's Summit, Mo.), Desevio Payne (FC Groningen; Greenwood, S.C.), John Requejo (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Marco Delgado (Toronto FC; Glendora, Calif.), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham; Dallas, Texas), Joel SoŮora (Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires, Argentina)
FORWARDS (5): Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake; Rochester, N.Y.), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht; Beaverton, Ore.), Maki Tall (Red Star; Washington, D.C.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.)