Porter Finalizes U-23 Roster, Adding Williams After Gatt Recalled to Norway

The 20-man U.S. U-23 side is set for tomorrow’s start of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament as coach Caleb Porter named his official roster Tuesday. The team features 14 MLS players, five based in Europe, and one who plays in Mexico.

Porter did have to make one last-minute adjustment as the versatile Josh Gatt was recalled to his club team, Molde, after the Norwegian outfit suffered a rash of recent injuries. Gatt, a speedster who can play in midfield or defense, was replaced by Philadelphia Union defender Sheanon Williams.

U.S. Soccer’s Heather Soltis spoke with Porter and team members at their training site and a Nashville watering hole yesterday:

The U.S. plays Cuba on Thursday (9:00 p.m. ET), Canada on Saturday (7:00 ET), and El Salvador on Monday (9:00). All games will be televised by the Universal Sports Network and Telemundo. The top two teams in each group advance to the semifinals (March 31 in Kansas City), and the two finalists qualify for the London Summer Games.

The other group consists of Mexico, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, and Honduras.

Here is the complete U.S. roster:

GOALKEEPERS: Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire)

DEFENDERS: Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Ike Opara (San Jose Earthquakes), Kofi Sarkodie (Houston Dynamo), Zarek Valentin (Montreal Impact), Jorge Villafana (Chivas USA), Sheanon Williams (Philadelphia Union).

MIDFIELDERS: Freddy Adu (Philadelphia Union), Joe Corona (Tijuana/MEX), Mix Diskerud (Gent/BEL), Jared Jeffrey (Mainz II/GER), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union), Michael Stephens (LA Galaxy)

FORWARDS: Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund II/GER), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim II/GER), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Tony Taylor (Estoril/POR)

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