USA-Portugal: Sarachan calls up four uncapped teenagers

Five uncapped players -- including teenagers Tyler Adams, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Weston McKennie and Josh Sargent -- are included in head coach Dave Sarachan's 21-player U.S. squad for its friendly against Portugal on Nov. 14 in Leiria.

Adams, Carter-Vickers and Sargent all represented the USA at the 2017 Under-20 World Cup in South Korea. Mackenzie was not released by his German club Schalke 04. Sargent also played in the 2017 U-17 World Cup in India. The fifth uncapped player is FC Dallas keeper Jesse Gonzalez, who submitted a switch of association over the summer after previously representing Mexico.

Josh Sargent

Only three players who played in the USA-Trinidad & Tobago game -- Jorge Villafana, DeAndre Yedlin and Kellyn Acosta -- are included in the team. Just three other players -- John Brooks, Tim Ream and Alejandro Bedoya -- participated in the Hexagonal, where the USA finished fifth and failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Brooks, who was crucially injured and missed the final four games of the Hexagonal, Bedoya and Yedlin are the only three holdovers from the 2014 World Cup roster.

The eight MLS players in the team all play for clubs eliminated from the playoffs.

One notable absentee is 18-year-old Jonathan Gonzalez, who starts for runaway Liga MX leader Monterrey and whom Mexico's national team covets. With the Torneo Apertura playoffs coming up in two weeks, it was determined that Gonzalez should stay at Monterrey. Similarly, U.S. star Christian Pulisic has been given a break during the November FIFA window.

Sarachan on Christian Pulisic's absence: “Christian has had a very long year, not only with the national team but finding his way with Borussia Dortmund. Between his contributions for the national team and his club, he has probably played more total games than almost anyone in our pool this year, and in doing that Christian has really pushed the limits mentally and physically. With those things in mind, this was an opportunity for Christian to get a break and recharge for the rest of an important campaign with Dortmund.”

U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas; 0/0), Bill Hamid (Midtjylland/DEN; 3/0), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 1/0)
DEFENDERS (7): John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 32/3), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United/ENG; 0/0), Eric Lichaj (Nott. Forest/ENG; 13/1), Matt Miazga (Vitesse/Netherlands; 3/1), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 26/1), Jorge Villafana (Santos Laguna/MEX; 14/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United (48/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 16/1), Tyler Adams (NY Red Bulls; 0/0), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union; 65/2), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland/ENG; 2/0), Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 0/0), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution; 3/1), Danny Williams (Huddersfield Town/ENG; 22/2).
FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution; 26/3), Dom Dwyer (Orlando City; 3/2), C.J. Sapong (Philadelphia Union; 2/0), Josh Sargent (St. Louis Scott Gallagher; 0/0).
Note: In parentheses are caps and goals.

9 comments about "USA-Portugal: Sarachan calls up four uncapped teenagers".
  1. Fire Paul Gardner Now, November 7, 2017 at 11:42 a.m.

    Interesting squad although I would have liked to see Jonathan Gonzalez included too.  A handful of vets just so it is not just a youth squad but otherwise most of the young guys I think should be included.  

  2. beautiful game, November 7, 2017 at 7:06 p.m.

    Not enough uncapped players for this game; why waste time and play the usual faces that don't's a weeding out process...with pain, there's gain.

  3. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, November 8, 2017 at 10:56 a.m.

    12 of the 23 have fewer than 3 caps.  Nothing wrong with bringing a few veterans along for leadership.  Certainly doesn't look like the "usual faces" to me.  Who would you picked that isn't in this squad?

  4. Fire Paul Gardner Now replied, November 8, 2017 at 1:15 p.m.

    Actually it's 12 of 21 with three caps or fewer.

  5. cisco martinez, November 7, 2017 at 7:47 p.m.

    Its a good thing to bring in some youth players, afterall its not like we are preparing for a World Cup in Russia!

  6. Andrew Kear, November 7, 2017 at 9:08 p.m.

    For the USMNT it seems like 1985. The modern era for the USMNT is over

  7. Wooden Ships replied, November 8, 2017 at 2:43 p.m.

    Thank goodness, the modern era is over. Maybe now it can be cut to the chase era. 

  8. R2 Dad, November 7, 2017 at 11:03 p.m.

    Can anyone verify Gooch is a better call-up than Lennon?

  9. Wooden Ships replied, November 8, 2017 at 2:44 p.m.

    I'd go with Lennon.

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