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Two Sounders named to US U-20 team

Sam Rogers and Jake Morris will travel to Europe for training camp, friendlies.

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart

Two products of the Seattle Sounders Academy have been named to the United States U-20 team that will travel to Europe for a 10-day training camp and three friendlies. Both Sam Rogers and Jake Morris have been made eligible for tonight’s S2 game, after which they’re expected to join the U-20s in Alicante, Spain.

That the list of 25 players included Sam Rogers, a center back currently signed to S2, wasn’t particularly surprising. Rogers is considered one of the Sounders’ top prospects and has been included in previous youth national teams.

Slightly more surprising is the inclusion of Jake Morris. Although Morris also has previous youth national team experience, he only recently returned from an ACL injury that cost him most of last year. But Morris, primarily a left back, has hit the ground running and already has three goals in just six appearances this season with the Sounders Academy U18/19 team.

The training camp runs from March 17-28 in Spain. While there, the team will play two friendlies against the France U-20 team on March 21 and 23 before playing the Atletico Madrid U-21 team.

Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): CJ Dos Santos (S.L. Benfica; Philadelphia, Pa.), Phillip Ejimadu (Nacional Atlético Clube; Minneapolis, Minn.), Brady Scott (FC Köln; Petaluma, Calif.)

DEFENDERS (8): Sergino Dest (AFC Ajax; Almere-Stad, Netherlands), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; Bear, Del.), Jake Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Manny Perez (N.C. State University; Garner, N.C.), Matthew Real (Philadelphia Union; Drexel Hill, Pa.), Sam Rogers (Seattle Sounds FC; Seattle, Wash.), Aedan Stanley (St. Louis FC; Columbia, Ill.), Angel Uribe (Club Tijuana; San Diego, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Frankie Amaya (Pateadores; Santa Ana, Calif.), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Chris Goslin (Atlanta United FC; Atlanta, Ga.), Andres Jimenez (Envigado FC; Miami, Fla.), Richie Ledezma (Real Salt Lake; Casa Grande, Ariz.), Alex Mendez (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas; Highland Village, Texas), Juan Pablo Torres (K.S.C. Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen; Lilbirn, Ga.)

FORWARDS (6): Shaft Brewer (Unattached; Sacramento, Calif.), Zyen Jones (FC Schalke 04; Clarkston, Ga.), Ulysses Llanez Jr. (LA Galaxy; Lynwood, Calif.), Nebiyou Perry (FC Köln; New York, N.Y.), Justin Rennicks (Indiana University; Hamilton, Mass.), Josh Sargent (SV Werder Bremen; O’Fallon, Mo.)

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