U.S. Soccer announced today that it will hold its annual January Camp from Jan. 9-24 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Defenders George Bello and Miles Robinson have been called into the U-23 group by head coach Jason Kreis.
The U-23s are gathering as a group for the first time since the suspension of the Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship 10 months ago and will use this last opportunity for Kreis to build and evaluate the roster ahead of the resumption of the qualifying tournament in March.
The senior team group, consisting of 12 players aged 24 and older, will train alongside the U-23 USMNT through January 24, at which point several U-23 players will be elevated to the full USMNT roster in advance of a planned match at the end of the month.
Bello, 18, will make his first appearance with the U-23 group. The left back had a breakout season in 2020, starting a career-high 19 of his 20 MLS appearances, logging 1,648 minutes. He scored one goal and added one assist, and was the second-youngest player to play at least 1,000 MLS minutes in 2020. Bello has previously represented the USMNT at the U-15 and U-17 levels and was a member of the U.S. team at the 2019 U-17 World Cup.
Robinson, 23, is one of eight players in the U-23 group to have been capped by the USMNT. He made his senior team debut on Sept. 7, 2019 against Mexico and earned his second cap four days later against Uruguay. The center back has previously represented the USMNT at the U-23 and U-20 levels. Robinson started 16 of his 17 MLS appearances for Atlanta in 2020.
U-23 USMNT DETAILED ROSTER BY POSITION (Club):
GOALKEEPERS (3): JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes), David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake), Brady Scott (Austin FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy), George Bello (Atlanta United FC), Chris Gloster (PSV Eindhoven/NED), Aaron Herrera (Real Salt Lake), Aboubacar Keita (Columbus Crew SC), Henry Kessler (New England Revolution), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire), Bryan Reynolds (FC Dallas), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United FC), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Hassani Dotson (Minnesota United FC), Bryang Kayo (Wolfsburg/GER), Andrés Perea* (Orlando City SC), Tanner Tessmann (FC Dallas), Eryk Williamson (Portland Timbers), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes)
FORWARDS (7): Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes), Daryl Dike (Orlando City SC), Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers), Jesús Ferreira (FCDallas), Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids), Benji Michel (Orlando City SC), Djordje Mihailovic (Montreal Impact/CAN)
*Player is currently ineligible to represent the United States
U-23 USMNT ROSTER NOTES
- Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1997 are age-eligible for the Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, and Kreis selected 10 players born in 1997, two born in 1998, two born in 1999, five born in 2000, four born in 2001, two born in 2002 and one born in 2003.
- The 26-player roster comes from 16 clubs, 14 in Major League Soccer and one each from Germany and the Netherlands.
- Three players each come from FC Dallas, Orlando City SC and the San Jose Earthquakes.
- Eight players have been capped by the USMNT: defenders Julian Araujo, Miles Robinson and Sam Vines, midfielder Jackson Yueill and forwards Jeremy Ebobisse, Jesus Ferreira, Jonathan Lewis and Djordje Mihailovic.
- Eleven players have been part of a final U.S. roster at a FIFA Youth World Cup tournament:
- 2017 U-20 World Cup - Goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski, midfielder Eryk Williamson and forward Jeremy Ebobisse
- 2019 U-20 World Cup - Goalkeeper David Ochoa, defenders Julian Araujo, Chris Gloster and Aboubacar Keita
- 2017 and 2019 U-20 World Cups – Goalkeeper Brady Scott
- 2017 U-17 World Cup – Gloster and defender Bryan Reynolds
- 2019 U-17 World Cup - Defender George Bello midfielder Bryang Kayo
- Though part of the camp roster, midfielder Andrés Perera is currently ineligible to represent the United States after playing for Colombia at the U-17 World Cup in 2017 and U-20 World Cup in 2019.
- Nine players were involved in the USMNT’s December training camp: Julian Araujo, Daryl Dike, JT Marcinkowski, Djordje Mihailovic, David Ochoa, Andreś Perea, Mauricio Pineda, Sam Vines and Jackson Yueill.
- Ten players make their first appearance with the U-23 USMNT this cycle: George Bello, Cade Cowell, Daryl Dike, Bryang Kayo, Aboubacar Keita, Andrés Perea, Mauricio Pineda, Bryan Reynolds and Tanner Tessman.
- Midfielder Djordje Mihailovic leads the roster with five U-23 USMNT caps. He captained the squad in its last three international matches.
- Goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski has appeared in all eight training camps for the U-23 USMNT this cycle, including the team’s joint camp with the USMNT in June 2019.
- Fourteen of 24 domestic-based players are MLS Homegrowns.
- A total of 24 of 26 players spent time in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
- In addition to the 14 players from MLS teams that came up through their respective academies, the remaining 10 players last played for the following DA teams: Julian Araujo (Barca Academy), Hassani Dotson (Crossfire Premier), Jeremy Ebobisse (Bethesda-Olney), Chris Gloster (New York Red Bulls), Bryang Kayo (D.C. United), Henry Kessler (Beachside SC), Jonathan Lewis (Kendall SC), Miles Robinson (FC Boston Bolts), Brady Scott (De Anza Force), Jackson Yueill (Minnesota Thunder Academy).
- Six players have won Development Academy Championships. Aaron Herrera took home the 2013 U-15/16 National Championship with Real Salt Lake-Arizona, while Djordje Mihailovic and Mauricio Pineda helped the Chicago Fire win the 2015 U-17/18 Academy title.
- Jesús Ferreira and Bryan Reynolds were part of the FC Dallas U-15/16 team that won the 2016 Academy Championship. Reynolds was also part of the club’s U-17/18 team that also won the championship that year.
- George Bello won the 2017 Academy Championship with Atlanta United’s U-15/16 squad.
- The seven players born in 2001 or later – Julian Araujo, George Bello, Cade Cowell, Bryang Kayo, David Ochoa, Bryan Reynolds and Tanner Tessmann - are also age-eligible for the 2024 Summer Olympics.