Tommy Thompson named to U20 World Cup roster

Former Indiana University men’s soccer player Tommy Thompson was among 20 players named to the United States Under-20 Men’s National Team roster for the upcoming U-20 World Cup.

Thompson was listed among five forwards on the squad announced by U.S. coach Tab Ramos on Thursday, but the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2013 could see time in the midfield as well under the 4-2-2 alignment Ramos is planning to play.

“Tommy Thompson can fit into a number of different positions,” Ramos told reporters. “If you’ve seen him play in the midfield, he finds space all over the field. He can play wide on either side of a 4-4-2, and he could also play up front, either one of the forward positions, either as the more advanced or secondary forward.”

Thompson and the rest of the team will begin reporting on Monday to the National Training Center in Carson, Calif. The team departs on May 16 for training in Australia before arriving in New Zealand for the World Cup.

“Absolutely honored to represent the United States in New Zealand for the 2015 U20 World Cup,” Thompson tweeted on Thursday. “Been dreaming of making this roster since the cycle started while I was at IU. It seemed so far away back then. Can’t wait to get started.”

The U.S. was drawn into Group A with host New Zealand, Ukraine and Myanmar. The Americans will open play against Myanmar at 12 a.m. on May 30 in Whangarei, followed by matches with New Zealand on June 2 and Ukraine on June 5, both in Auckland. All of the United States’ group matches will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and NBC Universo.