United States U-20 Men’s National Team manager, Tab Ramos made a host of changes to his team’s roster ahead of the Qualification stages of the 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship, drafting in defenders Chris Richards and SerginoDest in addition to forward Sebastian Soto to replace Isaac Angking, Griffin Dorsey and Anthony Fontana.

“We needed to make a couple of moves at this time to address depth needed in certain positions for specific situations which may arise in the second round,” Ramos said.

He also said that he feels the players he let go were highly productive in helping the team get to the point they are now, and they will continue to be part of their process moving forward.

The USA rode through its five Group A matches with so much ease, sweeping aside Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Trinidad & Tobago, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and the Suriname by a combined flattering 39-2 score.

USA, through being group winners, now advance to the Qualification Stages of the tournament, along with the winners of the other five groups, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico and Panama. According to the rules of the tournament, teams are allowed to make up to six roster changes before the commencement of the Qualification stages.

As determined by the draws made in September, USA will come up against Honduras, Costa Rica will lock horns with Panama and El Salvador will face the mighty Mexico.

FC Dallas defender, Chris Richards who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich, is one of the three players that have been called up to the national team. He will be joining alongside fellow FC Dallas players Brandon Servania and Paxton Pomykal who have been with the U20s during the opening rounds.

Richards is on loan at Bayern Munich through the Elite Player Development partnership between the two clubs.