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SSFC Podcast, Episode 25: The USMNT defender player pool

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We break down a huge group.

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On the 25th episode of the Stars & Stripes FC Podcast, we discuss the defenders in the United States Men’s National Team player pool. Which players should be regular call-ups on the national team? Which are in the mix or on the fringe? Which guys are better off on the youth teams and which players are ones whose time has passed?

We break down the player pool into three groups:

U-24

Chris Richards (20, Bayern Munich)

Sergiño Dest (19, Barcelona)

Reggie Cannon (22, Boavista FC)

Antonee Robinson (23, Fulham)

Cameron Carter-Vickers (22, Tottenham Hotspur)

Kyle Duncan (23, New York Red Bulls)

Auston Trusty (23, Colorado Rapids)

Justen Glad (23, Real Salt Lake)

Mark McKenzie (21, Philadelphia Union)

Sam Vines (21, Colorado Rapids)

Julian Araujo (19, LA Galaxy)

Chris Gloster (20, PSV Eindhoven)

Miles Robinson (23, Atlanta United)

Aaron Herrera (23, Real Salt Lake)

Manny Perez (21, North Carolina FC)

Erik Palmer-Brown (23, Austria Wien)

George Bello (18, Atlanta United)

Shaq Moore (23, Tenerife)

24-29

John Brooks (27, Wolfsburg)

DeAndre Yedlin (27, Newcastle)

Aaron Long (28, New York Red Bulls)

Matt Miazga (25, Anderlecht - on loan from Chelsea)

Daniel Lovitz (29, Nashville SC)

Chase Gasper (24, Minnesota United)

Nick Lima (25, San Jose Earthquakes)

Tim Parker (27, New York Red Bulls)

Steve Birnbaum (29, D.C. United)

Ventura Alvarado (28, Atlético San Luis)

Keegan Rosenberry (26, Colorado Rapids)

Walker Zimmerman (27, Nashville SC)

30+

Tim Ream (33, Fulham)

Tim Chandler (30, Eintracht Frankfurt)

Matt Hedges (30, FC Dallas)

Ike Opara (31, Minnesota United)

Eric Lichaj (31, Fatih Karagümrük)

Geoff Cameron (35, Queens Park Rangers)

Omar Gonzalez (32, Toronto FC)

Justin Morrow (33, Toronto FC)

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