By any measure, the United States has enjoyed tremendous on-field success in CONCACAF. One of the honors that doesn’t appear on its resume, however, is the confederation’s under-20 title.
Head coach Tab Ramos will try to change that in 2017, when he takes the reins at his third CONCACAF Under-20 Championship. The former U.S. international, considered to be among the country’s best-ever players, is bringing an extremely talented roster to Costa Rica.
As evidence of the squad’s depth, forward Coy Craft (FC Dallas), defenders Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake) and Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), as well as midfielders Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake) and Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls), all have Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League experience. Palmer-Brown also appeared in one game at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, playing the entire 90 minutes in a 3-0 loss to Ukraine.
Additionally, Adams (3 games/0 goals), Fulham midfielder Lucas De La Torre (3/0) and Philadelphia Union defender Auston Trusty (1/0) represented the USA at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Among the other competitors to watch are forward Brooks Lennon, who was recently loaned by England’s Liverpool to Real Salt Lake, and goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann, the son former U.S. national head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
Prior to the start of the 2017 edition, the U.S. has won its last four CONCACAF Under-20 Championship matches by a combined score of 13-0.