On May 7, U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos named the roster for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup to be held in New Zealand starting later this month.
A total of 15 of the 20 players Ramos’ named to the U-20 World Cup roster have ties to the Development Academy: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas Academy), Jordan Allen (Empire Revolution and Real Salt Lake AZ), Paul Arriola (Arsenal FC), Jeff Caldwell (NC Fusion), Russell Canouse (PA Classics and New York Red Bulls Academy), Marco Delgado (Chivas USA Academy), Ethan Horvath (Real Colorado), Emerson Hyndman (FC Dallas Academy), Bradford Jamieson IV (Chivas USA Academy and LA Galaxy Academy), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls Academy), Shaquell Moore (FC Dallas Academy and IMG Academy), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting KC Academy), John Requejo (Real So Cal), Zack Steffen (Continental FC DELCO), Tommy Thompson (California Development Academy).
One of these World Cup-bound players is Empire Revolution/Real Salt Lake AZ alum Jordan Allen, who over the weekend helped Real Salt Lake to a 2-1 victory over Chicago Fire, assisting on both of the goals. Allen’s efforts earned him a spot on the MLS Team of the Week.
FC Dallas / IMG Academy Alum, Shaq Moore, who also will also be a part of the USA U-20 MNT roster for the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, signed his first professional contract with Spanish third-division team Huracán Valencia.
Two Academy alumni were instrumental in Orlando City FC’s 2-2 draw with the New England Revolution. Scott Caldwell (New England Revolution Academy) got things started with an assist by intercepting a pass and sending it smoothly ahead to his teammate Charlie Davies, who finished for the game’s first goal. Kelyn Rowe (Crossfire Premier) buried a close-range shot in the second half for the Revs second goal.
Also over the weekend, Will Bruin (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri) had the game-winning goal in the Houston Dynamo’s 2-1 win over Toronto FC.
U.S. senior National Team forward Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy Academy), scored the lone LA Galaxy goal in the team’s 2-1 loss to FC Dallas.
Meanwhile overseas, another MNT forward, Aron Johansson (IMG Academy) led AZ Alkmaar to a 3-2 win over Breda, scoring on an an absolute bullet from long distance.