This afternoon, United States Men’s National Team head coach Gregg Berhalter revealed the 25-man roster he plans to take to Qatar as part of the program’s annual January Camp. The team will be in Qatar January 5-25 before returning to California for a match against Costa Rica February 1st in Carson.
Berhalter took the time to bring in a mostly MLS-based squad due to the fact that January Camp occurs outside of a FIFA international window. However, there are a few players from other leagues that have been called in, including some youngsters that have been standouts on youth national teams.
Berhalter said in a statement that “[T]here are a number of players getting their first exposure to the senior national team who will be provided the platform to make a positive impression. We appreciate all the support and cooperation from MLS and the clubs that released their players and gave us a chance to get a head start on the challenges ahead.”
The 25-man roster:
DEFENDERS (8): Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy), Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas), Chase Gasper (Minnesota United FC), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids), Walker Zimmerman (Los Angeles Football Club)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union), Christian Cappis (Hobro), Bryang Kayo (Unattached), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes)
FORWARDS (6): Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Jesus Ferreira (FC Dallas), Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids), Ulysses Llanez (Wolfsburg), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC)
January Camp is a prime opportunity for fringe or new players to make an impression on the coaching staff and earn selection for future matches. Several players have began full careers with the national team by impressing at January Camp. This past year, 4 players who were uncapped during January Camp went on to have more than 5 caps for the USMNT in 2019.
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