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Erik Palmer-Brown called up to United States U-20 World Cup squad

The Sporting Kansas City defender is headed to Korea for the U-20 World Cup

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20-year-old Sporting Kansas City defender Erik Palmer-Brown was named to the United States U-20 World Cup roster, US Soccer announced on Tuesday.

The World Cup will be held in Korea from May 20-June 11.

“It's an honor to be named to the U.S. U-20 World Cup roster for the second time," Palmer-Brown said in a press release "I learned a lot from the tournament two years ago, and I look forward to sharing those experiences with the rest of my teammates in Korea. We have a strong group of players and are entering the tournament with a lot of confidence having won the CONCACAF Championship in March. I know the entire team is looking forward to getting the tournament started and representing our country to the fullest."

Palmer-Brown has not been in the matchday roster for Sporting Kansas City yet this year but he has featured five times for the Swope Park Rangers.

The United States is in Group F and will play Ecuador to open their World Cup slate on May 22. They will then play Senegal on May 25 before closing out group play on May 28 with Saudi Arabia. The top two teams in the group advance to the Round of 16, while the top-four third place teams from the six groups will also advance to the next round.

Palmer-Brown was a member of the 2015 U-20 World Cup squad that advanced to the quarterfinals before being ousted in penalties by eventual winners Serbia.

"We are very excited to once again provide a great competitive opportunity to our players and are looking forward to heading to Korea Republic," U-20 head coach Tab Ramos said in a U.S. Soccer release. "As always, there were some extremely tough decisions to make. This is a talented age group."

Here’s the schedule for the United States as well as the full roster.

  • USA vs. Ecuador - Monday, May 22 (3 a.m. CT, FS1)
  • USA vs. Senegal - Thursday, May 25 (6 a.m. CT, FS1)
  • USA vs. Saudi Arabia - Sunday, May 28 (4 a.m. CT, FS1)

GOALKEEPERS (3): Jonathan Klinsmann (University of California; Newport Beach, Calif.), J.T. Marcinkowski (Georgetown; Alamo, Calif.), Brady Scott (De Anza Force; Petaluma, Calif.)

DEFENDERS (7): Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake; Salt Lake City, Utah), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur FC; Westcliff-on-Sea, England), Marlon Fossey (Fulham FC; Surbiton, England), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; Tucson, Ariz.), Aaron Herrera (University of New Mexico; Las Cruces, N.M.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee's Summit, Mo.), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, Fla.)

MIDFIELDERS (5): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), Luca De La Torre (Fulham FC; San Diego, Calif.), Derrick Jones (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Pa.), Eryk Williamson (University of Maryland; Alexandria, Va.), Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal FC; Bethesda, Md.)

FORWARDS (6): Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers; Bethesda, Md.), Lagos Kunga (Atlanta United FC Academy; Tucker, Ga.) Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake; Paradise Valley, Ariz.), Emmanuel Sabbi (Unattached; Columbus, Ohio), Josh Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O'Fallen, Mo.), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake; Park City, Utah)