In a roster laden with MLS Homegrown Players Jordan Morris' inclusion should come as no surprise. The Seattle Sounders forward is also the United States U23 player with the most senior national team appearances at nine. Morris will leave for camp shortly and while he misses training with the Sounders, he will not miss any games.
The US U23s are in a must-win two-leg series against Colombia in order to qualify for the Rio Olympics. Jurgen Klinsmann long ago set the goal of qualification, but his squad, under direction of Andi Herzog, only finished third in CONCACAF forcing the playoff. Leg one is in Colombia on Friday the 25th (2 PM Pacific) with the second leg in Frisco, TX at 5:30 PM on the 29th. Leg one will be on FoxSports 1 with leg two on ESPN2.
All 23 selected to the roster are pro players, with a majority coming through the USSDA system. Seven are also homegrown players.
Morris and Kiesewetter co-lead the team with six goals each at the U23 level. Morris is second on the team in assists with four (Gil had six).
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)