DeAndre Yedlin, Jordan Morris and Kasey Keller will all be participating in this week's United States U-20 training camp. Of those three, only Yedlin was not a surprise, as the right back had previously revealed he had been called in.
Morris has never been called into a youth national team camp at any level and is one of only three players that are currently enrolled in academies. The other 21 players are either playing professionally or at the collegiate level.
The honor is well deserved. Morris has been one of the top players on the Sounders U17/18 team, having scored 22 goals in 22 matches. This past weekend, he registered an assist but did not play in the second game, presumably after learning he had been called into the training camp. He has also made several appearances with the Sounders Reserves.
"Many of these players we have been following all along," U20 head coach Tab Ramos said. "We have somewhere between 75 and 90 on our depth chart, and we call around, speak with teams and keep track of how they are doing. In Jordan's case, [Seattle Sounders head coach] Sigi Schmid thinks very highly of him, and we value his opinion and look at Jordan's track record. When he's scoring one or two goals in every Academy game, that is something you seriously have to look at."
Keller's inclusion as one of the team's three assistant coaches was also a bit of a surprise. This is Keller's first official coaching experience. The coaching gig will reportedly not interfere with his duties as the Sounders' color commentator.
The U-20 World Cup will take place in Turkey from June 21-July 13.
Full list of training participants
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cody Cropper (Southampton FC; Maple Grove, Minn.), Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara; Santa Rosa, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (8): AJ Cochran (Wisconsin; St. Louis, Mo.), Sean Cunningham (Molde FK; Troy, Mich.), Eric Miller (Creighton; Woodbury, Minn.), Juan Pablo Ocegueda (C.D. Guadalajara; Riverside, Calif.), Jeffrey Payeras (C.S.D. Municipal; Hawthorne, Calif.), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Javan Torre (UCLA; Santa Monica, Calif.), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders; Seattle, Wash.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Marlon Hairston (Louisville; Jackson, Miss.), Benji Joya (Santos Laguna; San Jose, Calif.), Mikey Lopez (Sporting Kansas City; Mission, Texas), Collin Martin (Wake Forest; Chevy Chase, Md.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; Gahanna, Ohio)
FORWARDS (7): Daniel Cuevas (Santos Laguna; Sacramento, Calif.), Daniel Garcia (North Carolina; Dallas, Texas), Alfred Koroma (Akron; Southlake, Texas), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders Academy; Mercer Island, Wash.), Victor Pineda (Chicago Fire; Bolingbrook, Ill.), Omar Salgado (Vancouver Whitecaps; El Paso, Texas), Jose Villarreal (LA Galaxy; Inglewood, Calif.)