The United States Men’s National Team will be without Paxton Pomykal for the rest of their annual January Camp. Yesterday, the team, after meeting with FC Dallas doctors, released the 20-year-old midfielder to return to Dallas so he could continue his rehab from offseason groin surgery.
Pomykal emerged as one of the best young players in Major League Soccer in 2019, and for his efforts, he earned a USMNT call up in September for matches against Mexico and Uruguay. He made his debut as as substitue in the waning minutes of the match against Uruguay.
USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter opted not to replace Pomykal on the January Camp roster, which means 25 players remain available for the team’s friendly against Costa Rica on February 1st in Carson, California. The current 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), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC), Brandon Servania (FC Dallas), 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)
Hopefully, Paxton Pomykal makes a full recovery from the surgery and we’ll see him make a prompt return to the USMNT.