Kreis talks about the training camp situation without many players

Tue 02 March 2021 | 0:28

Efrain Alvarez,Brooks Lennon, George Bello, and Miles Robinson have been unable to join the US U-23 national team for the Olympic qualifiers training campaign.

Efrain Alvarez

has been considered eligible to feature for both US and Mexico preliminary teams in the CONCACAF's Olympic qualifiers. However, the 18-year-old has not made any decision for now.

Jason Kreis

, US U-23 head coach, expressed his full support of Alvarez and said that whatever decision the American-Mexican makes.

He said:

"He's decided to not make that decision yet. He's decided that he wasn't ready to commit to one team or another, which puts us in a very hopeful position.

"We would like him to be a part of the U.S. men's national team program, but ultimately we understand that this is a very personal decision. We want to respect that."

Three of Kreis's players are currently featuring for

Atlanta United

, which has decided not to release players, which makes Kreis keep on training without

Brooks Lennon


George Bello

, and

Miles Robinson


Kreis said:

"There are two to three players I would say would have been very, very big contributors for us in this camp. We've been working for the past couple of weeks on trying to come to a solution that would be beneficial for both parties.

"Unfortunate situation for us, an unfortunate situation for the players but ultimately, as a former MLS coach, I think we have to respect the decision."

Few other players playing in European clubs have not been allowed to join the training camp, to which Kreis answers:

"Obviously, we got a lot of noes back when we got some yeses and we understand that different players have different moments it depends on whether or not they're being used a lot for their first teams or not.

"These are guys that have been in multiple full-team camps and are guys that are familiar with how to play so we feel very fortunate to get guys like that into this window, for sure."

source: SportMob