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April 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Sean Okoli and Jordan Morris called into U.S. U-21 training camp

Sounders FC’s Sean Okoli was already set to go on an L.A. trip this weekend ahead of Seattle’s road game against Chivas USA on Saturday. The homegrown player from Federal Way will be staying a bit longer, though, as he was one of 21 players called into training camp with the U.S. U-21 youth national team.

The camp will run from Sunday to Thursday in Carson, Calif., and it serves as part of the early stages of preparation for Olympic qualifying for the U-23s in 2015.

Jordan Morris, a Sounders FC academy alum and Stanford standout from Mercer Island, was also included in the group (he is one of two non-professionals on the camp roster). Former Sounders captain Kasey Keller will coach the goalkeepers.

Tab Ramos, the U.S. U-20 head coach, talked about the camp with the federation website. Here is a link to the full roster. You’ll notice Seattle’s DeAndre Yedlin, 20, wasn’t included, which could be an indication he’ll be part of the pre-World Cup training camp with the senior team coming up next month.

Reporters had a chance to talk to Okoli about the call-up after Friday’s practice. Here is a transcript:

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(How does it feel to get this call-up?) “I’m excited to get the news. I was just getting ready, making sure I’m prepared and sharp for that. It’s good. I’m happy.”

(How much have you set your sights on the 2016 Olympics?) “It’s something I’m thinking about. It’s my age group that goes, so I really want to be a part of that group. But that’s two years away. I have to take it a lot slower than that, just making sure I’m ready. I hope I keep getting called in to these camps and just go from there.”

(What are there camps like?) “It’s just a bunch of us guys training, getting to know the coaches, getting to know each other and just knowing the plan for the future. For us, who are supposed to be the top guys at our age, it’s nice to get some training in and get some days in with each other, so it’s good.

(Nice to have a familiar face going there, too, in Jordan Morris?) “I haven’t been to camp with Jordan yet, but I see him here all the time, so I’m sure that will be good.”

(How have you felt about this past month after having made your debut? Not a lot of minutes, but it seems you’re still involved by being on the bench…) “Yeah, I’m in and out right now, but I feel like I’ve been training well. My work ethic has been there. I’m just waiting for my next opportunity whenever it comes. When it comes, I just have to pounce on it and take it.”

(Will this camp help you toward that aim?) “I know it will help me individually. It will make me sharper for the weeks to come. I’m excited to go in, get some work in and take it from there.”

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