"We are very excited to once again provide a great competitive opportunity to our players and are looking forward to heading to Korea Republic," Ramos said in a release. "As always there were some extremely tough decisions to make. This is a talented age group."
The U-20s were drawn into Group F alongside Ecuador, Senegal and Saudi Arabia. Their first scheduled match is May 22 against Ecuador, likeliest the biggest challenger in the group stage. Should the Americans advance, the knockout round is slated to begin June 1 in South Korea.
Lennon, Saucedo and Acosta have combined for 17 starts in 2017, while Glad has remained sidelined since the CONCACAF Championship final with a right knee injury. The 20-year-old center back has yet to make his first RSL appearance this year while dealing with the knee injury, but he has returned to training in recent weeks to rehab and get back into game shape.
"We've been fortunate, in a selfish way, that we were able to get these guys some proud, valuable experience this year," RSL coach Mike Petke said recently. "So heading into this World Cup, Brooks, Bofo, Danny Acosta, these are three guys that are in a good spot fitness-wise and tactically going into this camp because of the minutes they've gotten."
Lennon re-joined the RSL organization this winter on loan from Liverpool FC. The 19-year-old winger has one goal in eight starts. Saucedo, who grew up in Park City, has five starts and eight overall appearances this year. Acosta, who was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, but moved to Sandy at 12, already has four starts on the RSL back line.
"For me personally, I think I'm representing America and I'm mostly representing my family that has been there for me and stuff like that," Saucedo said Saturday night. "I think I just have to take advantage and live it up to the fullest."
— Chris Kamrani