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Fuel Soccer Talk: USMNT Gold Cup roster announced; Concacaf Nations League schedule is out; U.S. Players to Watch

Some big news coming fast and furious! 

USMNT names 40-man provisional Gold Cup roster

Concacaf announced the 40-man provisional rosters for each team participating in next month’s Gold Cup. The United States Men’s National Team now has a list of players that are eligible for the final 23-man roster that will compete in the confederation’s tournament.

The USMNT 40-man roster:

GOALKEEPERS (5): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge), Sean Johnson (New York City FC), Tyler Miller (Los Angeles Football Club), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew SC)

DEFENDERS (15): Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig), Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur), Marlon Fossey (Fulham), Greg Garza (FC Cincinnati), Omar Gonzalez (Club Atlas), Andrew Gutman (Charlotte Independence). Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact), Matt Miazga (Chelsea), Tim Ream (Fulham), Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), Walker Zimmerman (Los Angeles Football Club)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Duane Holmes (Derby County), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Weston McKennie (Schalke 04), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire), Darlington Nagbe (Atlanta United), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)

FORWARDS (11): Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Jonathan Amon (FC Nordsjælland), Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake), Tyler Boyd (MKE Ankaragücü), Joe Gyau (MSV Duisburg), Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Christian Ramirez (Los Angeles Football Club), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC)

Gregg Berhalter is expected to announce a training camp roster that will participate in the USMNT’s upcoming friendly against Jamaica on June 5 in Washington, DC.

So, who is on the roster who shouldn’t be and who should be that isn’t? 

USMNT’s group stage schedule for 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League announced

CHICAGO (May 21, 2019) – The U.S. Men’s National Team has learned its group stage schedule for the inaugural 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League after the region’s governing body unveiled the full fixture list on Tuesday. Drawn into Group A of League A alongside Cuba and Canada back in March, the USA will open the competition with a home match against Cuba on Friday, Oct. 11 (7 p.m. ET), before visiting Canada on Tuesday, Oct. 15 (7:30 p.m. ET).

The next month, the USA will open the window with at home against Canada on Friday, Nov. 15 (7:15 p.m. ET), before closing out the group stage at Cuba on Tuesday, Nov. 19 (7:30 p.m. ET). Canada and Cuba will kick off Group A play with a home-and-away series to take place on Saturday, Sept. 7 in Canada (8 p.m. ET) and Tuesday, Sept. 10 in Cuba (7:15 p.m. ET).

Since the USA will not take part in Concacaf Nations League play during the September window, the team will play two friendlies during this time.

Venues for all League A, Group A matches are still to be confirmed.

How do you think the US will perform in this inaugural event?

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Rose Lavelle
Midfield (Cincinnati United Premier)

If Lavelle is healthy, she will be in the starting lineup in the midfield for the U.S. soccer team in France. Her great vision and ability to move the ball gives the midfield the playmaker coach Ellis is looking for from the position – think Manchester City’s Keven De Bruyne. Lavelle (Washington Spirit) will still contribute even if she isn’t 100 percent. One of the USA’s top players in the 2014 U-20 WNT cycle, she made her full National Team debut three years later after a successful college career at Wisconsin. The first pick in the 2017 NWSL Draft by the Boston Breakers, after the Breakers ceased operations, she was taken as the first pick in the Dispersal Draft on Jan. 30, 2018 by the Washington Spirit. Lavelle was a standout player for five years with the Cincinnati United Premier Soccer Club, a program she joined in eighth grade and stayed with through high school. She credits club soccer for setting the groundwork for all the success that followed.

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