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Herzog names Jordan Morris, others in U-23 squad for Olympic playoff training camp

International Soccer Friendly - USMNT U23 v Mexico U23

CARSON, CA - APRIL 22: Jordan Morris #9 of USMNT U23 races down the wing during the International Soccer Friendly match between United States Men’s U23 and the Mexican Men’s U23 at the Stubhub Center on April 22, 2015 in Carson, California. The United States won the match 3-0. (Photo by Shaun Clark/Getty Images)

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The men who will hope to push the United States men’s U-23 side into the Summer Olympics have been named by Andi Herzog.

The squad is strong, with full national team members Kellyn Acosta, Matt Miazga and Tim Parker among the capped defenders in U-23 camp. Jordan Morris and Julian Green are in the mix, while Gedion Zelalem is not in the unit.

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Despite bizarre speculation that John Brooks or DeAndre Yedlin could be sent to the U-23s to help defeat Colombia, neither was included in training camp.

Christian Pulisic, Rubio Rubin and Cameron Carter-Vickers are also not in the mix. Carter-Vickers is injured.


The first match of the 2016 Olympic Qualifying playoff will take place on Friday, March 25 at Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez in Barranquilla, Colombia, at 4 p.m. local (5 p.m. ET).

The return leg will be played on March 29 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas at 8:30 p.m. CT.

U.S. Roster by Position

GOALKEEPERS (3) : Cody Cropper (Milton Keynes Dons), Ethan Horvath (Molde KJ), Zach Steffen (SC Freiburg)

DEFENDERS (8) : Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Matt Miazga (Chelsea FC), Eric Miller (Colorado Rapids), Tim Parker (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Desevio Payne (FC Groningen), Shane O’Neill (Cambridge United), Brandon Vincent (Chicago Fire), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas)

MIDFIELDERS (9) : Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Luis Gil (Queretaro), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham FC), Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)

FORWARDS (3) : Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Mario Rodriguez (Borussia Monchengladbach), Khiry Shelton (New York City FC)

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