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38 USL Championship, League One Players Selected in Preliminary Gold Cup Rosters

By Staff, 06/18/21, 2:31PM EDT


Players from 23 clubs have chance to compete in region’s biggest international event

Memphis 901 FC's Dre Fortune, Orange County SC's Ronaldo Damus, Miami FC's Speedy Williams and New Mexico United's Amando Moreno were among the players named in today's 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup Preliminary Rosters.

TAMPA, Fla. – Thirty-eight players from 23 teams across the USL Championship and USL League One were on Friday named in the preliminary rosters for the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup, set to begin next month across the United States. Included in the group were numerous familiar faces, and some first-time call-ups across 13 national teams that will participate in the final qualifying stage of the tournament and the 13 countries that have already qualified for the opening group stage.

Young Louisville City FC standout Jonathan Gomez leads the selections as the lone player from the Championship to be named to the United States Men’s National Team roster, a notable achievement for the 17-year-old who has turned heads this season with his consistent play at left back for LouCity. Gomez was recently invited to train with the Mexico Men’s National Team in Texas prior to its participation in the Concacaf Nations League Finals.

Other notable call-ups include that of New Mexico United’s Amando Moreno, who joins current Orange County SC loanee Eric Calvillo, Hartford Athletic’s Walmer Martinez and FC Tulsa’s Joaquin Rivas in the El Salvador squad that will enter the tournament in the group stage.

Also earning a potential call-up is current Tampa Bay Rowdies goalkeeper Raiko Arozarena, who was named in Cuba’s preliminary roster alongside FC Tulsa’s Jorge Corrales and Fort Lauderdale CF’s Modesto Mendez and Dairon Reyes.

Jamaica’s squad led the way with the most Championship players selected by any nation with eight, with Miami FC’s Speedy Williams and Lamar Walker being joined by the Championship’s all-time leading scorer Dane Kelly of the Charlotte Independence as well as Phoenix Rising FC’s Kevon Lambert and New Mexico United’s Brian Brown among the selections.

Trinidad and Tobago also included seven players, including calls for Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC’s Triston Hodge alongside Indy Eleven mainstay Neveal Hackshaw, Sacramento Republic FC’s Shannon Gomez and Memphis 901 FC’s Dre Fortune.

Orange County SC leading scorer Ronaldo Damus was named in Haiti’s provisional roster, which also included the experience of Miami FC’s Christiano Francois and El Paso Locomotive FC’s Mechack Jerome as well as a spot for Birmingham Legion FC’s Zach Herivaux, while others such as San Diego Loyal SC’s  Thomas Vancaeyezeele (French Guiana), the Charleston Battery’s Zeiko Lewis (Bermuda) and Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC’s Jordan Dover (Guyana) were also named.

2021 Concacaf Gold Cup Qualifying Round / Championship & League One Preliminary Roster Selections

Bermuda – Zeiko Lewis (Charleston Battery)

Cuba – Raiko Arozarena (Tampa Bay Rowdies), Jorge Corrales (FC Tulsa), Modesto Mendez (Fort Lauderdale CF), Dairon Reyes (Fort Lauderdale CF)

French Guiana – Thomas Vancaeyezeele (San Diego Loyal SC)

Guadeloupe – Luther Archimede (New York Red Bulls II)

Guyana – Jordan Dover (Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC)

Haiti – Ronaldo Damus (Orange County SC), Francois Dulysse (Fort Lauderdale CF), Christiano Francois (Miami FC), Zach Herivaux (Birmingham Legion FC), Mechack Jerome (El Paso Locomotive FC), Bryan Sylvestre (Miami FC)

St. Vincent and the Grenadines – Kyle Edwards (Rio Grande Valley FC)

Trinidad and Tobago – Leland Archer (Charleston Battery), Dre Fortune (Memphis 901 FC), Shannon Gomez (Sacramento Republic FC), Neveal Hackshaw (Indy Eleven), Triston Hodge (Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC), Jelani Peters (Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC), Mekeil Williams (Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC)

2021 Concacaf Gold Cup Group Stage / Championship & League One Preliminary Roster Selections

Curacao – Zeus De La Paz (Oakland Roots SC)

El Salvador – Eric Calvillo (Orange County SC), Walmer Martinez (Hartford Athletic), Amando Moreno (New Mexico United), Joaquin Rivas (FC Tulsa)

Grenada – Kharlton Belmar (Sacramento Republic FC), AJ Paterson (Charleston Battery)

Jamaica – Brian Brown (New Mexico United), Junior Flemmings (Birmingham Legion FC), Omar Gordon (Austin Bold FC), Dane Kelly (Charlotte Independence), Kevon Lambert (Phoenix Rising FC), Peter-Lee Vassel (Indy Eleven), Lamar Walker (Miami FC), Speedy Williams (Miami FC)

United States – Jonathan Gomez (Louisville City FC)

Countries Represented by Club

Austin Bold FC (1): Omar Gordon (JAM)

Birmingham Legion FC (2): Junior Flemmings (JAM), Zach Herivaux (HAI)

Charleston Battery (3): Zeiko Lewis (BER), AJ Paterson (GRN), Leland Archer (T&T)

Charlotte Independence (1): Dane Kelly (JAM)

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (1): Triston Hodge (T&T)

El Paso Locomotive FC (1): Mechack Jerome (HAI)

Fort Lauderdale CF (3): Modesto Mendez (CUB), Dairon Reyes (CUB), Francois Dulysse (HAI)

Hartford Athletic (1): Walmer Martinez (SLV)

Indy Eleven (2): Neveal Hackshaw (T&T), Peter-Lee Vassel (JAM)

Louisville City FC (1): Jonathan Gomez (USA)

Memphis 901 FC (1): Dre Fortune (T&T)

Miami FC (4): Christiano Francois (HAI), Bryan Sylvestre (MIA), Lamar Walker (JAM), Speedy Williams (JAM)

New Mexico United (2): Amando Moreno (SLV), Brian Brown (JAM)

New York Red Bulls II (1): Luther Archimede (GDL)

Oakland Roots SC (1): Zeus De La Paz (CUR)

Orange County SC (1): Ronaldo Damus (HAI), Eric Calvillo (SLV)

Phoenix Rising FC (1): Kevon Lambert (JAM)

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (3): Jordan Dover (GUY), Mekeil Williams (T&T), Jelani Peters (T&T)

Rio Grande Valley FC (1): Kyle Edwards (VIN)

Sacramento Republic FC (2): Kharlton Belmar (GRN), Shannon Gomez (T&T)

San Diego Loyal SC (1): Thomas Vancaeyezeele (GUF)

Tampa Bay Rowdies (1): Raiko Arozarena (CUB)

FC Tulsa (2): Jorge Corrales (CUB), Joaquin Rivas (SLV)

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