Next week U.S. national team interim coach Dave Sarachan
will have to decide whom to bring in for the friendly against Paraguay March 27 in Cary, North Carolina.
He's already said
he's going to look at younger players or those with less international experience, like he did in the ties against Portugal in November and Bosnia-Herzegovina in January.
plans is the fact that the camp for the Paraguay match starts just three weeks into the MLS season, though some teams will have only played two games because of byes. Six MLS games will be played on
March 24, three days before the game in Cary.
Players whose MLS teams will be playing and whom Sarachan will have to make decisions about include Tyler Adams
(New York Red Bulls),
who started both the Portugal and Bosnia games, and Wil Trapp
(Columbus Crew SC), who captained the USA against Bosnia.
With only William Yarbrough
(Leon) among the U.S.
keepers based abroad currently starting, Sarachan will have to decide whether he needs to bring in Zack Steffen
(Columbus Crew SC) or perhaps Luis Robles
(New York Red Bulls).
Still, there are enough options for Sarachan to pick an entirely foreign-based group of players. Goalkeepers: Bill
FC Midtjylland/DEN) William Yarbrough
(Leon/MEX) Ethan Horvath
lost his starting job at Club Brugge about the time his gaffe gave Portugal its only goal in
the 1-1 tie in November. Hamid has yet to start since moving to Denmark. Yarbrough has been shelled this winter in the Torneo Clausura, where Leon has the second-worst defense in the league. Defenders: Cameron Carter-Vickers
(Ipswich Town/ENG 2) Eric Lichaj
(Nottingham Forest/ENG 2) Matt
(Vitesse/NED) Shaq Moore
(Levante/ESP) Erik Palmer-Brown
(Kortrijk/BEL) Tim Ream
(Fulham/ENG 2) Antonee Robinson
2) Jorge Villafana
(Santos/MEX) DeAndre Yedlin
There's a lot of youth international experience in the group: Carter-Vickers (2015 and
2017), Miazga (2015), Moore (2015), Palmer-Brown (2015 and 2017) and Yedlin (2013) have all represented the USA over the last three Under-20 World Cups.
Villafana has regained his
starting spot at Santos, which is leading Mexico's Torneo Clausura, and would be the first choice at left back, where he started for much of the 2017 Hexagonal under Bruce Arena
If it's a choice between Robinson and Lichaj, the 20-year-old Robinson likely has the edge. Lichaj has not started since Nottingham Forest being suspended in February. Robinson,
the English-born son of former Duke player Marlon Robinson
, has played so well for Bolton Wanderers that he might get a shot at left back next week at Everton, which owns his contract.
Ream has been starting for Fulham, the hottest team in the League Championship. Midfielders: Joe Corona
(Club America/MEX) Alejandro Guido
(Tijuana/MEX) Kekuta Manneh
(Pachuca/MEX) Weston McKennie
(Schalke 04/GER) Keaton Parks
(Bor. Dortmund/GER) Kenny Saief
(Anderlecht/BEL) Danny Williams
Sarachan rested Pulisic in November. Will he do
it again? McKennie returned to the Schalke 04 starting lineup, going the distance in the 1-0 win at Mainz on Friday, a victory that consolidated second place in the Bundesliga.
who is now eligible to play for the USA after turning 23 in December, is finally starting to see some playing time at Pachuca. Corona has been a valuable mid-season pickup for Club America, scoring a
golazo in the Concacaf Champions League on Tuesday. Guido has also seen playing time in the CCL for Tijuana.
Saief, starting at Anderlecht since his loan move, earned one cap for the USA
before injuries -- and then an infection -- sidelined him for months. Williams captained the USA against Portugal, though his playing time at Huddersfield Town has been reduced in recent months.
Parks, an unknown until his move to Portugal last season, has been bouncing back and forth between Benfica's first and second teams.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen/GER)
Andrija Novakovich (Telstar/NED 2)
Rubio Rubin (Tijuana/MEX)
Timothy Weah (Paris SG/FRA)
Aron Johannsson, whose goal last week at Borussia
Moenchengladbach was his first Bundesliga goal in almost 18 months, says Sarachan has spoken with him recently. Rubin has quickly fit in at Tijuana since his move from Europe. Novakovich has scored 15
goals in 27 games, enough to warrant a look even if they have come in the Eerste Divisie, the Dutch second tier.
Weah, the son of new Liberian president George Weah, debuted for
Paris St. Germain last week. A cap against Paraguay won't cap-tie the 18-year-old Weah but it would show the USA's commitment to keep him in the national team program that he has been part of since he