KENYA BROWN - Monday, May 21, 2018
The US national team has called in 22 players as they prepare for their summer schedule with the first game coming against Bolivia on May 28 in Chester, Pennsylvania.
With other countries making preparations for next month's World Cup in Russia, the United States will continue their rebuilding process as interim head coach Dave Sarachan has selected a primarily young and foreign-based team to face the South Americans.
Leading the way is Christian Pulisic who will be making his return to the team. The last time the midfielder put on the US shirt was back in October 2017 when the they suffered a 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago, ending their chance of qualifying for the World Cup.
The goalkeeper spot will be competitive as Alex Bono, Bill Hamid and Ethan Horvath have been picked. Between the three, Bono has been the only one to have played regularly as Toronto FC went through a greuling CONCACAF Champions League on top of their MLS schedule. Hamid spent most of his first season with Danish Superliga team FC Midtjylland on the bench while Horvath, after being benched by his coach at Club Brugge, returned to the starting lineup in their final two games.
Cameron Carter-Vickers, Erik Palmer-Brown and Matt Miazga return to the fold among the defenders after spending their seasons away on loan. Walker Zimmerman is the only defender from MLS called into the team.
Joining Pulisic among the midfield corps will be the likes of Weston McKennie, Joe Corona, Lynden Gooch and Timothy Weah. Julian Green makes his return to the national team after a long spell away. He finally earned first team minutes in the recently concluded 2. Bundesliga season with Greuther Furth.
Up top Andrija Novakovich, who wrapped up his loan spell with Dutch Eerste Divisie team Telstar, will compete with Werder Bremen's Josh Sargent.
Players who will be making their first camp for the senior team are Matthew Olosunde, who has been progressing at Manchester United, and Alejandro Guido from Liga MX team Tijuana. Meanwhile, midfielder Keaton Parks earned his first call up after making inroads with Benfica in Portugal's Primeira Liga. The 6-4 Texas native spent this past season splitting time between the reserves and first team.
Some noteable omissions from the roster include John Brooks who has returned from injury and is playing again with Wolfsburg in Germany. The biggest one would have to be American-born forward Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu. After having a big season with Reims and helping them to win the Ligue 2 crown, US Soccer would certainly have been making calls to see if he would interested in coming in.
The game will be played at Talen Energy Stadium.
Goalkeepers: Alex Bono (Toronto FC), Bill Hamid (FC Midtjylland), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge)
Defenders: Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Matt Miazga (Chelsea), Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United), Erik Palmer-Brown (Manchester City), Antonee Robinson (Everton), Jorge Villafana (Santos Laguna), Walker Zimmerman (Los Angeles Football Club)
Midfielders: Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland), Julian Green (Stuttgart), Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana), Weston McKennie (Schalke 04), Keaton Parks (Benfica), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Rubio Rubin (Club Tijuana), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain)
Forwards: Andrija Novakovich (Reading FC), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)