NYCFC’s Shelton Among 23 Named To Olympic Qualifying Roster

NYCFC SHELTON

by DENY GALLAGHER

The U.S. Olympic Team is set after Andy Herzog revealed his roster on Saturday afternoon.

Herzog’s 23-man roster will feature many notable names including Jordan Morris, Julian Green, Kellyn Acosta, and Luis Gil.

Of local interest is the inclusion of NYCFC’s Khiry Shelton and former Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga. The two aforementioned players and nine others are making their return to U-23 level after their inclusion in January’s Men’s National Team Camp.

The return of Julian Green to the U.S. Soccer program is a promising sign for the player’s development, as he has been getting games with Bayern Munich II. Missing from the team is Arsenal product Gedion Zelalem, who has recently seen minimal playing time while on loan at Rangers.

Ahead of the playoff with Colombia, the U-23s look to be at full strength, as Eric Miller returns to the team after missing last fall’s CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

After the disappointing third place finish in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Herzog decided to bring only 11 players from the tournament into camp for the playoff with Colombia.

The 2016 Olympic Qualifying playoff kicks off on Friday, March 25 at Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez in Barranquilla, Colombia, at 5 p.m.

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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