Well, the USMNT U-23s will not be in the Olympics. We don’t like it at all, but that’s what it is. One of the things that the Olympics would have done would be to give some of the younger guys in the United States men’s player pool some valuable experience on the international stage.
USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter viewed the Olympics as a priority, and he went so far as to indicate that U.S. Soccer would have 3 separate rosters: one for the Nations League Finals, one for the Gold Cup, and one for the Olympics. Berhalter said he wasn’t planning on calling any U-23 players in for the Gold Cup, and his strong team would be the team competing for the Nations League in June before he gives them the summer to rest and go through preseason with their clubs.
Now that the Olympics isn’t an option for the men, there’s now the question of who would be called in for this summer’s Gold Cup. So, we put the question to you:
Which 23 players would you name to your Gold Cup roster? Assume that anyone you call in for the Nations League will not be available (so, no Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, or Zack Steffen), and you must have 3 goalkeepers on the roster.
Hit the comments and let’s see what you got for an early Gold Cup roster of 23!