The United States Men’s National Team enter the month of November with two vital, must-win matches on the docket, as they must win their final two group stage matches of the CONCACAF Nations League by at least a total of 4 goals to advance to the knockout round. They first host Canada in Orlando on November 15th followed by a trip to the Cayman Islands to face Cuba on November 19th.
With MLS in the middle of the playoffs, USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter took advantage, calling in 20 MLS-based players for a pre-camp before the full roster arrives at the beginning of the FIFA international fixture window on November 10th. He will name the European-based players on Wednesday, followed by a full roster release on Sunday. So, who will Berhalter call into camp? Like last month, he will likely call 26 players, but with some changes:
DEFENDERS (9): John Brooks (Wolfsburg), Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas), Sergiño Dest (Ajax), Omar Gonzalez (Toronto FC), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact), Matt Miazga (Reading FC), Tim Ream (Fulham), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle), Walker Zimmerman (Los Angeles Football Club)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Weston McKennie (Schalke 04), Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Düsseldorf), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes)
The goalkeepers are going to the be the same trio that we have seen for most of the year, with Zack Steffen the starter and Brad Guzan and Sean Johnson backing him up. On defense, we could see some guys return to the roster. John Brooks is back healthy and playing and will be much needed on the back line, while Sergiño Dest, fresh off his commitment to the USMNT, will also make the roster.
In the middle, it’s likely that Berhalter could opt for more possession, calling in Michael Bradley and Alfredo Morales to join Jackson Yueill and Wil Trapp. That would leave someone like Duane Holmes on the outside looking in with the rest of the guys that Berhalter has relied on in the past. However, he could possibly bring in Holmes in place of Roldan, who wasn’t very effective last month for the USMNT, but it seems unlikely that Holmes is higher on Berhalter’s depth chart.
Up front, Jozy Altidore’s inclusion will depend on whether he’s fit and plays in the MLS Cup final on Sunday. If he does (and he’s expected to be available), we will see him on this roster. Josh Sargent and Jordan Morris have been on fire lately, and they will likely not only be on the roster, but also get the start against Canada.
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