Columbus Crew SC today announced that midfielder Wil Trapp has earned a call-up from U.S. Soccer Men’s National Team Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the senior team’s annual January training camp, beginning next week in Carson, California. The senior team call-up is the first for Trapp, 21, who had a successful youth career for the Stars and Stripes.
The midfielder earned 15 caps as a member of the U.S. Under-20 National Team, helping the side qualify for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, where he earned three caps in group play. He was also named to the Best XI for the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. For his efforts with the U-20 side, Trapp captured the 2013 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year Award.
Trapp made his MLS debut midway through the 2013 campaign and recently completed his second Major League Soccer season for the Black & Gold in 2014. He made 28 appearances (all starts) and served as a vital midfield cog in Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter’s possession-oriented system. In his role as Vice Captain of the club, Trapp’s passing accuracy of 87.21% in 2014 ranked fifth in all of MLS among players with 28 or more starts, with his 1,636 completed passes ranking fourth in that same group.
In 2014, the Gahanna, Ohio native also amassed 2,231 touches of the ball, ranking eighth in the League. No other player in the top eight of that category was under 25 years of age.
Trapp originally signed as a Homegrown Player on December 13, 2012. In total, he has made 44 MLS appearances, recording one goal and five assists. He notched his first MLS goal on September 13, 2014 with a long-range strike against Houston.
The United States Men’s National Team senior roster opens its 2015 schedule with two international friendlies, the first coming on the road on January 28 in Chile. The U.S. then plays host to Panama on February 8 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.