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USA U-20 team profile: key players, full squad list, coach for 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup

May 14, 2019 By Michelle Bonsu
Team USA have appeared at 15 under-20 World Cups, but have yet to win a title. How far will they be able to go in Poland this summer?

What is USA U-20's history in the FIFA U-20 World Cup?

To date, the United States have featured at 15 prior under-20 World Cups. They made their debut back in 1981, but failed to clear the group stage, followed by another appearance in 1983. After missing out in 1985, they made a return in 1987, and to date, their best ever result was finishing in fourth place at the 1989 edition.

Following that run, they again failed to qualify in 1991, returned in 1993, and then missed out in 1995. The Yanks then appeared at every single tournament between 1997 and 2009, making it to either the round of 16 or quarter-finals on every occasion except for in 2009, when they failed to get past the group stage.

Although they did not make it to the 2011 edition staged in Colombia, Team USA were back in the fold by 2013, but had a very poor tournament as they made a swift exit without winning a single game. 2015 and 2017 were more successful, as they were able to make it to the quarter-finals, and now in 2019, they will be hoping to improve once again as they aim to try to win what would be their first ever title at this level in Poland.

What is the United States' group at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup?

USA U-20 are in Group D. For more information and analysis on the Americans' Last 16 qualification chances, check out Group D analysis: Nigeria, Qatar, Ukraine, USA - FIFA U-20 World Cup 2019 teams.

What is USA U-20's full squad list for the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup?

Here is the United States' squad for the upcoming FIFA U-20 World Cup:

Goalkeepers: Trey Muse (Seattle Sounders); C.J. dos Santos (Benfica)

Defenders: Chris Richards (Bayern Munich); Sergino Dest (Ajax); Aboubacar Keita (Richmond Kickers); Chris Gloster (Hannover); Matthew Real (Philadelphia Union); Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City)

Midfielders: Alex Mendez (Freiburg); Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United); Frankie Amaya (FC Cincinnati); Juan Pablo Torres (NYC FC); Chris Durkin (D.C. United); Christian Cappis (Hobro)   

Forwards: Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC); Jonathan Amon (Nordsjælland); Ulysses Llanez (Wolfsburg); Justin Rennicks (New England Revolution); Sebastian Soto (Hannover); Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona)

Who are the key players to watch for USA U-20 at the U-20 World Cup?

2018 US Soccer Young Player of the Year Alex Mendez is one player that viewers will want to keep an eye on. The 18-year-old plays his club football for German side Freiburg and despite still being eligible to play for his parents' native Mexico, has opted to represent the United States as he was born in California in September 2000. Ironically, he netted both goals against El Tri last year as the Stars and Stripes beat their southern rivals 2-0 at the 2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

Another player to watch for the Stars and Stripes will be Ayo Akinola. Born in Detroit, the 19-year-old forward is currently based in Toronto, where he plays his club football for MLS side Toronto FC.  With nine international goals, seven of those coming during the CONCACAF U-20 Championships, he is among his team's top goalscorers at this level, and will be expected to lead the line for Team USA in Poland. Interestingly, he will be taking on his parents' native country Nigeria during the group stages, but there certainly won't be any conflicts of loyalty when the two sides square off for a spot in the knockout rounds.

Who is USA U-20's coach?

Uruguayan-born Tab Ramos is currently the team's coach. Ramos is especially notable as he's the first player to sign up for Major League Soccer back in 1995, where he spent the last seven years of his career playing for the MetroStars (the team now known as the New York Red Bulls).

After moving to the United States as a child with his parents, he would go on to represent the Stars and Stripes at three World Cups whilst playing his club football in three countries (United States, Spain, and Mexico). As a manager, he served as assistant to Jurgen Klinsmann for the senior national side at the 2014 World Cup, but prior to that, he was in charge of the under-20 side at the 2013 World Cup that failed to get out of their group after failing to win a single game.

Certainly this time around, Ramos will be hoping for better success with the youth side after winning the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship with Team USA.

How can I watch USA U-20's 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup matches?

The Stars and Stripes will kick off their group stage campaign against Ukraine, Nigeria, and Qatar and here's how you can watch USA U-20's FIFA U-20 World Cup fixtures:

 

Match details, result and original broadcast info

Ukraine 2 - 1 USA

May 24, 2019 2:30pmStadion Miejski (Bielsko-Biała)

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USA 2 - 0 Nigeria

May 27, 2019 2:30pmStadion Miejski (Bielsko-Biała)

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USA 1 - 0 Qatar

May 30, 2019 2:30pmStadion Miejski (Tychy)

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