Brian Sylvestre
Bob Frid

Brian Sylvestre called up to USA U-20 national team

United States Soccer Federation announced today that Vancouver Whitecaps FC goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre has been called up to the United States U-20 national team for a training camp in France later this month.

Sylvestre is one of six Major League Soccer players to be selected for the camp in Vichy, France, from May 15 to 20. This will include two international friendly matches versus France’s U-20 squad on Tuesday, May 17, and Thursday, May 19.

"This is fantastic for Bryan and for the club," said Whitecaps FC head coach Teitur Thordarson. "Brian has continued to learn and has been improving well. As a young player, it’s great for him to represent his country and to play high-level matches.”

The young Americans will look to rebound after missing out on qualification for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia. Last week, it was confirmed that former USA U-20 head coach Thomas Rongen’s contract will not be renewed at the end of this year. Tab Ramos, who was an assistant coach to Rongen during the 2011 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Guatemala, will oversee the group during the six-day training camp. He will be joined in France by USA men’s national team assistant coaches Mike Sorber and Zak Abdel.