USMNT roster announcement: USA Soccer reveals lineups for Bosnia vs Herzegovina

To end the year, the United States men’s national team will play a friendly match against Bosnia and Herzegovina. With this match not part of the FIFA-sanctioned international break, it’s the right time to look at the players in the MLS framework now that the season for most teams has come to an end. This means that members of the NYCFC, Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake, who are still alive in the MLS knockouts, will not be participating.

This is unfortunate for the likes of Sean Johnson, Leon Flach and James Sands, who were shortlisted for the Gold Cup provisional but did not make it to the World Cup Qualifiers. Eryk Williamson would also have made the list if he hadn’t been injured. Gregg Berhalter also said that Paxten Aaronson is the man to be considered for this squad and indicated that he wants the staff to look as closely as possible at the upcoming talent.

USMNT assignment table by location:

GOAL (3): John Pulskamp (Sporting Kansas City; 0 caps / 0 goals), Gabriel Slonina (Chicago Fire; 0/0), Matt Turner (New England Revolution; 12/0)

DEFENDERS (11): George Bello (Atlanta United; 5/0), Justin Che (FC Dallas; 0/0), Jonathan Gomez (Louisville City; 0/0), Kobi Henry (Orange County SC; 0/0), Henry Kessler (New England Revolution; 1/0), Brooks Lennon (Atlanta United; 0/0), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; March 21), Kevin Paredes (DC United; 0/0), Bryan Reynolds ( Roma/ITA; 1/0), Auston Trusty (Colorado Rapids; 0/0), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; February 22)

COMMUNICATIONS (5): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 44/2), Cole Bassett (Colorado Rapids; 0/0), Johnny Cardoso (Internal/BRA; 2/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 29/0) ), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquake; 15/0)

FORWARD (7): Taylor Booth (Bayern Munich II / GER; 0/0), Caden Clark (New York Red Bulls; 0/0), Cade Cowell (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0), Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas ; February 4), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders; October 39), Ricardo Pepi (FC Dallas; March 6), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew; 65/14)

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While there are some members of the core national team here such as Matt Turner, Walker Zimmerman, Kellyn Acosta, Jordan Morris and Gyasi Zardes, they are mainly called in to provide experience to the younger players. Morris is an interesting integration as he is looking to get back to his best after missing most of the past year with an ACL tear. He’s back to play three times for the Seattle Sounders but he needs all the game time and practice to get there.

All in all, it’s a good look at some of the side players, especially European-born players who don’t have a lot of game time like Taylor Booth and Bryan Reynolds. USMNT roster announcement: USA Soccer reveals lineups for Bosnia vs Herzegovina


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