After an extended break due to the coronavirus pandemic, international soccer is back in full effect. The United States men’s national team has convened in Europe for a pair of friendlies. The first is against hosts Wales at Swansea City’s Liberty Stadium.
Manager Gregg Berhalter called in a strong 24-player squad mainly comprised of talents based in Europe. There are several exciting names that fans have been clamoring to see play together, with Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie, Sergiño Dest, and John Brooks leading the way. Compelling newcomers Johnny Cardoso, Yunus Musah, Sebastian Soto, Konrad de la Fuente, Nicholas Gioacchini, and Giovanni Reyna were included and should make their debut at some point during the next two matches.
The U.S. will be without star player Christian Pulisic. The Chelsea attacker left camp due to a hamstring injury, a recurring issue this year. Striker Josh Sargent was also not included in the roster. Werder Bremen opted to not grant his release due to quarantine in Germany.
These friendlies represent a chance for the team to come together and craft an identity before the start of 2022 World Cup Qualifying. “I want to see us be very aggressive on the defensive side of the ball,” Berhalter told USSoccer.com. “We have enough speed in the back to play a higher line and I’d like our team to be more compact when we’re pressing. I think we should be very aggressive offensively, getting behind the opponent and putting them on their heels... It’s just about getting them on the field, playing together and comfortable with each other.”
Wales is gearing up for the final two matches of the UEFA Nations League against Ireland (November 15th) and Finland (November 18th). Interim manager Rob Page leads a 27-player roster featuring notable talents such as Gareth Bale, Ben Davies, and Tom Lawrence. The Dragons are currently ranked 20th in the world and have qualified for the upcoming European Championship scheduled to be played next summer.
United States lineup:
Okay okay okay... Let's try that again.— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) November 12, 2020
THIS is your #USMNT Starting XI for tonight's match vs. .
Congrats to @konradjr, Yunus Musah and Gio Reyna who will make their #USMNT debuts tonight!#USMNTisBack | #WALvUSA pic.twitter.com/7Lw61LPNYF
— Wales (@Cymru) November 12, 2020
The Cymru starting r̶o̶s̶t̶e̶r̶ XI...#WALUSA | #TogetherStronger pic.twitter.com/b69sNhymlS
How to Watch
Advertised Kick-off Time: 2:45 p.m. Eastern, 11:45 a.m. Pacific
Venue: Liberty Stadium - Swansea, Wales
Available TV: Fox Sports 1 (English), TUDN (Spanish), UniMás (Spanish)
Available Streaming: Fox Sports GO (App/Website), TUDN (App/Website), Univision NOW (App/Website), fuboTV (Free trial)
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