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Gil, Okwuonu named to U.S. U-23s for Olympic Qualifying prep

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Luis Gil and Boyd Okwuonu are part of Andi Herzog's final preparations for the United States' CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying campaign, and they'll join a slew of young professionals as they look to make their mark before the final roster is selected.

Gil is easily one of the most experienced players in the group, where he'll undoubtedly play a large role despite his diminished minutes with Real Salt Lake.

Okwuonu has been steadily impressing for Real Monarchs when available, and he's played well in his few appearances for the big team, too.

The preparatory camp, which will help shape the final Olympic Qualifying squad, will take place in England, who the U.S. will play on Sept. 3. The second match is against Qatar on Sept. 8, and the camp will start on Sunday.

U.S. U-23 squad

GOALKEEPERS (3): Cody Cropper (MK Dons; Maple Grove, Minn.), Ethan Horvath (Molde; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zack Steffen (Freiburg; Downington, Pa.).

DEFENDERS (8): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur; Westcliff on Sea, England), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Eric Miller (Montreal Impact; Woodbury, Minn.), Boyd Okwuonu (Real Salt Lake; Edmund, Okla.), Shane O'Neill (Apollon Limassol; Boulder, Colo.), William Packwood (Unattached; Concord, Mass.), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids; Brighton, Colo.), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif).

MIDFIELDERS (8): Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield; Arlington County, Va.), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake; Garden Grove, Calif.), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham; Dallas, Tex.), Benji Joya (Club Necaxa; San Jose, Calif.), Marc Pelosi (San Jose Earthquakes; Sunnyvale, Calif.), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire; Milwaukee, Wisc.), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; Gahanna, Ohio), Gedion Zelalem (Rangers; Bethesda, Md.).

FORWARDS (5): Alonso Hernandez (C.D. Juarez; El Paso, Texas), Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart; Berlin, Germany), Mario Rodriguez (Borussia Mönchengladbach; North Hollywood, Calif.), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht; Beaverton, Ore.), Maki Tall (Scion; Washington, D.C.).