Gregg Berhalter has named a moderately youthful 23-man USMNT roster largely hailing from MLS, with a little bit of expertise and European pedigree sprinkled all through, for the upcoming 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Having already received the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League this summer time, Berhalter opted for a really completely different set of gamers — and expertise stage — for the Gold Cup, utilizing it as a chance to take an up-close have a look at quite a few promising prospects who may, optimistically, power their means onto the fringes of the primary USMNT squad when 2022 World Cup qualifying begins in September.
In an odd twist of occasions, the USMNT roster for the 2021 Gold Cup is stuffed with youth and inexperience in protection and midfield, whereas the heaviest focus of expertise — each internationally and at membership stage — lies throughout the ahead group.
Gyasi Zardes is comfortably essentially the most capped (56 USMNT caps) and most achieved (12 targets) outfield participant on the roster, with Paul Arriola (35 and eight), one other acquainted face lately, additionally alongside for the journey. Even past Zardes and Arriola, although, Daryl Dike and Matthew Hoppe are contemporary off career-launching seasons in Europe, having scored 9 and 6 targets in half-seasons (give or take) for Barnsley and Schalke, respectively.
Kellyn Acosta (31 caps), Sebastian Lletget (24) and Cristian Roldan (20) carry a good bit of USMNT weathered expertise to the midfield, but it surely’s the contemporary faces of MLS kids Gianluca Busio and Eryk Williamson who’re most intriguing forward of their anticipated USMNT debuts. Busio is within the midst of a breakout season with Sporting Kansas Metropolis and appears set to maneuver to Europe someday within the subsequent six months, with quite a few golf equipment from Serie A, Ligue 1 and the Belgian and Portuguese leagues reportedly within the operating for the 19-year-old homegrown.
Full USMNT roster for 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Goalkeepers (3): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United), Sean Johnson (New York Metropolis FC), Matt Turner (New England Revolution)
Defenders (8): George Bello (Atlanta United), Reggie Cannon (Boavista), Shaq Moore (Tenerife), Donovan Pines (D.C. United), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), James Sands (New York Metropolis FC), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC)
Midfielders (6): Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids), Gianluca Busio (Sporting Kansas Metropolis), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders), Eryk Williamson (Portland Timbers), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes)
Ahead: (6): Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Daryl Dike (Orlando Metropolis), Nicholas Gioacchini (Caen), Matthew Hoppe (Schalke), Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew)