The controversial picks that U.S. national team followers had been anticipating did not arrive this time.
U.S. men’s soccer national team head coach Gregg Berhalter revealed a 23-man roster for the 2021 Gold Cup on Thursday that he says can win the regional championship for national groups. The U.S. squad, which is comprised of 19 MLS gamers, can have it first coaching session on July 6 with its first Gold Cup match set for July 11.
“We don’t want to look at this as an experimental team,” Berhalter advised media on a convention name. “We want to look at this as a team that can win the Gold Cup. Let’s be really clear with that. That’s going to be our expectation. Will it be dififcult? Absolutely. But we believe there’s enough backbone and veteran leadership in this group to make a run and win the Gold Cup.”
USMNT 2021 Gold Cup roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United), Sean Johnson (New York City FC), Matt Turner (New England Revolution)
DEFENDERS (8): George Bello (Atlanta United), Reggie Cannon (Boavista / Portugal), Shaq Moore (Tenerife / Spain), Donovan Pines (D.C. United), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), James Sands (New York City FC), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids), Gianluca Busio (Sporting Kansas City), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders), Eryk Williamson (Portland Timbers), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes)
FORWARDS (6): Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Daryl Dike (Orlando City), Nicholas Gioacchini (Caen / France), Matthew Hoppe (Schalke / Germany), Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew)
Five gamers might make their USMNT debuts throughout the Gold Cup: Busio, Hoppe, Pines, Sands and Williamson. This can also be the first-ever U.S. call-up for Busio and Sands.
Who made the U.S. roster?
Miles Robinson and Walker Zimmerman are available as the beginning heart backs, however Berhalter admitted that the roster is skinny on heart again depth as a consequence of the lack of worldwide expertise of backups Donovan Pines and James Sands. Atlanta’s George Bello and Colorado’s Sam Vines might be competing for the left again spot.
In midfield, Berhalter pointed to Kellyn Acosta, Jackson Yueill, Eryk Williamson and newcomer Gianluca Busio competing for 3 central midfield spots and the way it might “be the strength of this group” given their means to shift round and swap positions throughout a recreation. He highlighted Busio’s current performances for Sporting Kansas City and how “he can make a big impact with us.”
But Berhalter additionally stated the team has depth points at winger. He indicated Matthew Hoppe and Jonathan Lewis challenge to be the left wingers and Paul Arriola and Nicholas Gioacchini can play at proper wing, however two of them are arguably heart forwards (Hoppe and Gioacchini).
Along with fellow Nations League holdovers Acosta, Yueill and Cannon, Berhalter praised Sebastian Lletget and “how important they are to this group. I can’t imagine our roster right now without those four players.”
The U.S. males will open the Gold Cup group stage by dealing with Canada, Martinique and a team that can qualify from the preliminary spherical. All three of its Group B matches might be held at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City. The USMNT might be making a run at its seventh title and first since 2017 after it misplaced the 2019 closing towards Mexico.
Who was left off the U.S. roster?
Berhalter made it clear that he referred to as in gamers who had been in kind and in secure membership conditions.
Johnny Cardoso, Erik Palmer-Brown, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Matt Miazga and Bryan Reynolds weren’t into account given their must carry out and impress with their European membership groups throughout preseason. That was not the case with Reggie Cannon, who performs at Boavista. He is anticipated to be transferred away this summer time, which made him obtainable.
Right backs Aaron Herrera, Kyle Duncan and Julian Araujo had been on the exterior wanting in. In Araujo’s case, Berhalter revealed that he wasn’t able to decide to the U.S. national team given his standing as a twin national and the choice of taking part in for Mexico continues to be a risk. An look in an official competitors like the Gold Cup would have tied him to the USMNT.
“It’s a case of him being a dual national and not fully being ready to commit to the team,” Berhalter stated. “He knew that the Gold Cup would lock him in permanently and he wasn’t ready to make that step. I don’t want to speak for him, but I imagine when he looks at the depth of the right back position he sees a logjam there. And he doesn’t maybe fully see his pathway to being a starter at the next World Cup. What I can tell you is that we really value Julian and we think he’s an oustanding player. We think he can make a run at being a starter on this team.”
Fitness was the subject for FC Dallas midfielder Paxton Pomykal, whereas his membership teammates Jesus Ferreira and Ricardo Pepi had been “right on the cusp of it, but there hasn’t been enough to show that they need to be involved in this.”
An apendectomy dominated out New York Red Bulls phenom Caden Clark from consideration. Berhalter stated that he was “really looking forward to working with him” and will proceed to observe him as he will get set for a switch to Bundesliga facet Red Bull Leipzig.
Orlando City proper winger Chris Mueller was into account to assist with the depth at the place, however Berhalter stated he in the end went with different choices.
Berhalter can nonetheless exchange a participant on the roster as a consequence of harm as much as 24 hours earlier than the team’s first match of the group stage. The substitute participant should come from the gamers who had been initially on the 59-man preliminary roster (full checklist under).
- Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC)
- Frankie Amaya (NY Red Bulls)
- Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy)
- Corey Baird (LAFC)
- Cole Bassett (Colorado Rapids)
- Johnny Cardoso (Internacional / Brazil)
- Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur / England)
- Justin Che (FC Dallas)
- Caden Clark (NY Red Bulls)
- Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes)
- Hassani Dotson (Minnesota United)
- Kyle Duncan (NY Red Bulls)
- Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers)
- Jesus Ferreira (FC Dallas)
- Leon Flach (Philadelphia Union)
- Chase Gasper (Minnesota United)
- Jonathan Gomez (Louisville FC)
- Julian Green (Gruether Furth / Germany)
- Bill Hamid (D.C. United)
- Aaron Herrera (Real Salt Lake)
- Henry Kessler (New England Revolution)
- Tim Melia (Sporting Kansas City)
- Djordje Mihailovic (CF Montreal)
- Chris Mueller (Orlando City)
- Moses Nyeman (D.C. United)
- Erik Palmer-Brown (Manchester City / England)
- Kevin Paredes (D.C. United)
- Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas)
- Andres Perea (Orlando City)
- Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas)
- Robbie Robinson (Inter Miami)
- Rubio Rubin (Real Salt Lake)
- Memo Rodriguez (Houston Dynamo)
- Tanner Tessmann (FC Dallas)
- Mason Toye (CF Montreal)
- Auston Trusty (Colorado Rapids)