The United States Men’s National Team will take on Ecuador and Chile during the March international fixture window. It marks the first chance for Gregg Berhalter to have everyone in the USMNT player pool available to be called up. Berhalter’s first two matches, which occurred during U.S. Soccer’s annual January Camp, occurred outside the window, leaving most European-based players unavailable for selection.
So, with the opportunity to bring in several players from Europe as well as Major League Soccer, it will be interesting to see who Berhalter opts to choose as he takes advantage of the only FIFA window before preparations for this summer’s Gold Cup begin in earnest. So, who could comprise the roster we see called into camp next month?
Goalkeepers (3): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC)
Gregg Berhalter prefers goalkeepers who can play out of the back, and with Steffen and Horvath seemingly competing for the starting job, he brings in Guzan to help mentor and push the younger guys.
Defenders (10): John Brooks (Wolfsburg), Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City), Greg Garza (FC Cincinnati), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls), Matt Miazga (Reading FC), Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle), Walker Zimmerman (Los Angeles Football Club)
Nick Lima gets another chance to impress after putting on a show during January Camp. There will be a lot of competition at left back, as Greg Garza will try to show that he should be the starter over the younger Robinson.
Midfielders (10): Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig), Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Romain Gall (Malmö FF), Jonathan Lewis (New York City FC), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Weston McKennie (Schalke 04), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC), Timothy Weah (Celtic FC)
Jonathan Lewis and Sebastian Lletget also get a chance to work their way into the mix, but we finally get to see the midfield of the future and all the options it presents. Should Christian Pulisic not be healthy in time, we may see Darlington Nagbe in this spot.
Forwards (4): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen), Bobby Wood (Hannover), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC)
Finally, a healthy Jozy Altidore makes his return to camp, and it’s a competition to see who can be the forward who can flourish in Berhalter’s attack.
Who do you think Gregg Berhalter will call in? Will he bring in a lot of players or do you think he trims the fat somewhat in an effort to get towards the 23-man roster that could appear at Gold Cup? Hit the comments and let us know what direction you think Gregg Berhalter will go in naming the roster for next month’s friendlies.