Tommy Thompson of the San Jose Earthquakes and FC Dallas' Kellyn Acosta were among the domestic-based players included in Tab Ramos' 20-man squad for the upcoming CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Jamaica, which will determine the four nations from the region to partake in this summer's World Cup in New Zealand.
Beckerman and Rimando left for USMNT camp in mid-May. At the same time, forward Alvaro Saborio left for the Costa Rican national team — and broke a bone in his foot, which will keep him out of the lineup for another two or three months.
The Azeris most recently competed with Portugal in a European qualifying group for the tournament, and also faced Germany in both Euro 2012 and World Cup 2010 qualifiers. Their coach through all that time? Newly-minted USMNT special consultant Berti Vogts.
Portugal’s chances of qualifying may have been given an unlikely boost due to apparent upset within the Ghana camp that they have not yet been paid their agreed World Cup appearance fee by their national football association.