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FUEL Soccer Talk: The USMNT edition – roster announced for March matches

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Berhalter announces U.S. roster for upcoming matches

Nick Lima / Photo courtesy MLS.com

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Gregg Berhalter will continue the evaluation process of the MNT pool in his second camp in charge as 24 players have been called to gather beginning March 17 in Orlando. The team building process takes its next steps with challenges against Ecuador on March 21 at Orlando City Stadium, then five days later against defending South American champion Chile on March 26 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. Both matches will be shown live at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2, UniMas and UDN.

U.S. Roster by Position (Club; Caps/Goals):

GOALKEEPERS (3)Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, BEL; 3/0), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 6/0), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC; 8/0)

DEFENDERS (8): John Brooks (Wolfsburg, GER; 36/3), Omar Gonzalez (Atlas, MEX; 48/3), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 2/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 4/0), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact; 2/0), Matt Miazga (Reading, ENG; 11/1), Tim Ream (Fulham, ENG; 26/1), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United, ENG; 57/0)

MIDFIELDERS (7)Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig, GER; 9/1), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC, CAN; 143/17), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 7/2), Weston McKennie (Schalke, GER; 7/1), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund, GER; 23/9), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 7/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 13/0)

FORWARDS (6): Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 19/3), Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake; 2/0), Jonathan Lewis (New York City FC; 2/0), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 25/5), Christian Ramirez (LAFC; 2/1), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 42/6).

What do you make of this first roster set by coach Gregg Berhalter?

Q&A with Coach Berhalter

USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter sat down with ussoccer.com to discuss his decisions in the team’s last camp before the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup. Berhalter was open and honest in his answers and seems very positive about the team he has put together for the upcoming games with Ecuador and Chile.  He said the main objective of the camp will be to “keep making progress.” “When we are done with this camp, it’s important that we have a good idea of our strongest group of players heading into the Gold Cup,” he said.

He also talked about bringing back veteran defenders Omar Gonzalez and Tim Ream:

“We have been saying all along that we thought it was important to have a veteran presence in the National Team. I think it’s really important when you talk about the history, the heritage and culture of what it means to play for the National Team. In Omar and Tim’s case, they’re both playing at a high level, they’re both playing every week and we thought this would be a good camp to evaluate their performance.”

Full Q&A:

What would you like to see out of these two upcoming games from the American side?

Here comes the reaction – positive, negative and in between

Breaking it down: Daryl and Taylor of the Total Soccer Show analyze Gregg Berhalter’s 24-man roster for the March 21 and 26 games against Ecuador and Chile.

How did Daryl and Taylor do breaking it down?

 

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