Ian Harkes (pictured), son of retired U.S. international John Harkes, was one of 24 players called up to the U.S. under-20 national team camp, May 17-25, 2014, in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo: Brian Westerholt)
RALEIGH, North Carolina -- The United States under-20 national team opened a 24-player training camp on Saturday at the North Carolina State University.
While head coach Tab Ramos is in Palo Alto, California, assisting Jurgen Klinsmann with the full national team ahead of the World Cup, assistant coach Brian Bliss will oversee the gathering, which runs through May 25.
During its stay in North Carolina, the team will play three friendly matches against the Carolina RailHawks (May 20), the Carolina RailHawks U-23 team (May 22) and the Wilmington Hammerheads (May 24).
The camp will be the first at the U-20 age level for 13 players, while four foreign-based players – Jesus Vazquez (Tigres/Mexico), Kainoa Bailey (Bayer Leverkusen/Germany), Eric Lickert (SC Freiburg/Germany) and Andrija Novakovich (Reading/England) – were also called in.
Also participating is Wake Forest University midfielder Ian Harkes, son of retired U.S. international John Harkes, who played in the 1990 and 1994 FIFA World Cups.
UNITED STATES UNDER-20 ROSTER
(Training camp and friendlies: May 17-25, 2014)
GOALKEEPERS: Jeff Caldwell (University of Virginia), Evan Louro (New York Red Bulls)
DEFENDERS: Conor Donovan (Capital Area RailHawks Academy), Caleb Duvernay (Capital Area RailHawks Academy), Chris Odoi-Atsem (University of Maryland), Miguel Polley (Temple University), Kristoffer Reaves (FC Dallas), Robert Sagel (Temple University), Jesus Vazquez (Tigres/Mexico), Travis Wannemuehler (North Carolina State University)
MIDFIELDERS: Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake AZ), Ian Harkes (Wake Forest University), Jacori Hayes (Wake Forest), Christopher Lema (New York Red Bulls), Eric Lickert (SC Freiburg), Alex Muyl (Georgetown University), Adam Najem (University of Akron), Jake Rozhansky (Bethesda-Olney)
FORWARDS: Kainoa Bailey (Bayer Leverkusen/Germany), Louis Bennett (Marquette University), Andrija Novakovich (Reading/England), Ahinga Selemani (CSA Wolves), Jaime Villarreal (LA Galaxy), Alan Winn (Solar Chelsea SC)