United States Qualifies For U-20 World Cup

September 1, 2012; Rochester, NY, USA; USA fans show their enthusiasm during a friendly match against Costa Rica at Sahlen

The United States under-20 men’s national team has qualified for the World Cup in Turkey after failing to qualify in their last attempt. The team clinched their berth in the World Cup after a 4-3 win over Canada in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Mexico.

The Yankees attack was led by MLS stars Jose Villarreal of the LA Galaxy and Luis Gil of Real Salt Lake.

It was a big step for Tab Ramos’ squad who will be looking for redemption during their outing in Turkey.

Here are highlights from Team USA’s win:

Here is the roster of players that helped the United States qualify for the U-20 World Cup:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (Southampton FC; Maple Grove, Minn.), Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Zackary Steffen (FC DELCO Academy; Downington, Pa.)

DEFENDERS (5): Eric Miller (Creighton; Woodbury, Minn.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (C.D. Guadalajara; Riverside, Calif.), Boyd Okwuonu (North Carolina; Edmund, Okla.), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids; Boulder, Colo.), Javan Torre (UCLA; Santa Monica, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), Mikey Lopez (Sporting Kansas City; Mission, Texas), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.), Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg; Holly, Mich.), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; Gahanna, Ohio)

FORWARDS (6): Brandon Allen (Georgetown; Old Bridge, N.J.), Daniel Cuevas (Santos Laguna; Sacramento, Calif.), Daniel Garcia (North Carolina; Dallas, Texas), Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart; Berlin, Germany), Mario Rodriguez (1. FC Kaiserslautern; North Hollywood, Calif.), Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)

Topics: Soccer, United States Soccer, US Soccer

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