NASHVILLE, TN - Nashville SC midfielders Derrick Jones and Randall Leal have been called up to the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament rosters of their respective countries. Costa Rica and the United States face off in the first match of the tournament, setting up a potential inter-club matchup.
Jones, 22, has been a member of the USMNT at the U20 and U23 levels, playing a key role at the 2017 U20 World Cup, alongside players like Tyler Adams, Josh Sargent, and Erik Palmer-Brown. Jones was acquired by Nashville in May 2019, spending the rest of the season with their USL side.
Leal, 23, has been capped 11 times by Costa Rica, including two appearances in the 2019 Gold Cup. Leal was signed by Nashville in September 2019.
Both players will have to be selected for the final rosters, which will be narrowed down to 20 players before the tournament begins. Nashville is not required by FIFA law to release either player, as the Olympics and Olympic qualifying is considered a youth tournament. If released, the pair would be unavailable for several weeks to participate in the tournament. Stay tuned to @SpeedwaySoc for the latest updates.
Derrick Jones photo by Casey Gower/Speedway Soccer