United States names squad for May 28 Bolivia friendly

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“USMNT media relations doesn’t care about Lynden Gooch and Alejandro Guido people.” Courtesy US Soccer

US Soccer fans have been waiting to see who would wear the crest of the Red, White, and Blue in just over a week’s time, and now we have our answer. It’s a happy one for fans who were disappointed in the lack of youth to actually see the field in the Paraguay friendly back in March:

GOALKEEPERS:

  • Alex Bono (Toronto FC/CAN; 0/0)
  • Bill Hamid (Midtjylland/DEN; 5/0)
  • Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 2/0)

DEFENDERS:

  • Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG; 2/0)
  • Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG; 14/1)
  • Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG; 5/1)
  • Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United/ENG; 0/0)
  • Erik Palmer-Brown (Manchester City/ENG; 0/0)
  • Antonee Robinson (Everton/ENG; 0/0)
  • Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna/MEX; 16/0)
  • Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 2/0)

MIDFIELDERS

  • Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/MEX; 20/3)
  • Lynden Gooch (Sunderland/ENG; 3/0)
  • Julian Green (Stuttgart/GER; 8/3)
  • Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana/MEX; 0/0)
  • Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 1/1)
  • Keaton Parks (Benfica/POR; 0/0)
  • Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 20/9)
  • Rubio Rubin (Club Tijuana/MEX; 5/0)
  • Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA; 1/0)

FORWARDS:

  • Andrija Novakovich (Reading/ENG; 1/0)=
  • Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 0/0)

This is a solid and very young squad – by my calculations on the handy-dandy spreadsheet, an average birthday of Aug. 13, 1995, with Eric Lichaj, Joe Corona, and keeper Bill Hamid dragging that way up – and also a strong one. There are numerous players in Division One leagues in Europe, some who are looking to break through, and a handful playing at a high level for Liga MX sides. The domestic players are limited to keeper Alex Bono (technically in Canada, but TFC plays in MLS) and defender Walker Zimmerman – though it’s possible that the end of today and tomorrow’s MLS action could see more MLS players called in.

There are seven uncapped players, which is encouraging (though by my count only two of the uncapped players have eligibility for other nations that are a serious threat to the USMNT in Antonee Robinson and Matt Olosunde, and this match doesn’t cap-tie anyone, though accepting the call-up certainly speaks to intent by the players) – hopefully coach Dave Sarachan actually, like, plays some uncapped guys this time around. I actually suspect he will after the grief he took following the Paraguay game, and with the confirmation of the obvious that he’s not a candidate for the gig full-time.

I’ll have more on possible starting lineups and more in the coming days. For now, what do you think about the squad.

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