U.S. Olympic men’s soccer playoff roster includes one World Cup player
CHICAGO (AP) — Forward Jordan Morris was picked for the U.S. under-23 roster for an Olympic qualifying playoff at Colombia on March 25 and will miss the Americans’ World Cup qualifier at Guatemala that night.
The roster announced Saturday did not include defenders John Brooks and DeAndre Yedlin, who presumably will be included in the World Cup qualifying roster announced Sunday.
Under-23 coach Andi Herzog‘s 23-man roster for the game in Barranquilla also included midfielder Julian Green, who scored against Belgium at last year’s World Cup, and defender Matt Miazga, who made his national team debut in November.
Cameron Carter-Vickers, a defender for Tottenham’s under-21 team, was not included in the roster because of an injury, which the U.S. Soccer Federation did not specify. The roster has six players who were on last year’s U.S. team at the Under-20 World Cup, where the Americans beat Colombia in the second round and lost to Serbia on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals.
Forward Rubio Rubin, who scored against Colombia, returned this month from a five-month layoff caused by a broken foot and was not selected. Also bypassed were Christian Pulisic, the 17-year-old midfielder who made his Bundesliga debut for Borussia Dortmund in January, and Glasgow Rangers midfielder Gedion Zelalem.
The Americans failed to qualify for the 2012 Olympics and finished third in regional qualifying for the 2016 games, forcing them into a home-and-home playoff against Colombia. The second game of the total-goals series will be at Frisco, Texas, on March 29, the same night the national team meets Guatemala at St. Louis in a World Cup qualifier.
Just 11 of the players were on the roster for the qualifying tournament last fall.
The national and Olympic teams will train in Miami from Monday through Wednesday. Rosters can be changed ahead of the March 29 games.
Goalkeepers: Cody Cropper (Milton Keynes, England), Ethan Horvath (Molde, Norway), Zach Steffen (Freiburg, Germany).
Defenders: Kellyn Acosta (Dallas), Matt Miazga (Chelsea, England), Eric Miller (Colorado), Tim Parker (Vancouver), Desevio Payne (Groningen, Netherlands), Shane O’Neill (Cambridge United, England), Brandon Vincent (Chicago), Walker Zimmerman (Dallas).
Midfielders: Fatai Alashe (San Jose), Paul Arriola (Tijuana, Mexico), Luis Gil (Queretaro, Mexico), Julian Green (Bayern Munich, Germany), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham, England), Jerome Kiesewetter (Stuttgart, Germany), Matt Polster (Chicago), Dillon Serna (Colorado), Wil Trapp (Columbus).
Forwards: Jordan Morris (Seattle), Mario Rodriguez (Borussia Moenchengladbach, Germany), Khiry Shelton (New York City).