USMNT: Youth should be well served for three-game series

In better circumstances, the U.S. national team would be beginning preparations on Monday for the World Cup.

That isn't the case, of course, but that doesn't mean the national team will off. It is slated to open camp on Monday in preparation for a match May 28 against Bolivia in Chester, Pa., followed by matches in Europe against Ireland on June 2 and France on June 9.

Because of the unique circumstances -- MLS has a heavy schedule through June 13, when it breaks for the start of the World Cup, and players based in Europe and Mexico would otherwise be off on vacation -- U.S. national team coach Dave Sarachan said it's a "delicate balance" whom he'll bring in for which game.

Sarachan also said he wants to hold off on bringing back veterans from recent cycles and liked everyone he had in North Carolina for the camp before the 1-0 win over Paraguay.

With that in mind, we've projected an expanded group of 32 players for the three games, taking no one 30 years or older but including everyone who dressed against Paraguay.

In all, the squad includes six teenagers and 17 players under 23.

Alex Bono (Toronto FC, 24), Outstanding for most of TFC's CCL run.
Bill Hamid (FC Midtjylland, 27), Starting late in first-half season in Denmark.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, 22). Started in last week's title-clinching match in Belgium.
Zack Steffen
(Columbus Crew, 23), Earned first start (and shutout) vs. Paraguay.

John Brooks (Wolfsburg, 25). Second leg of promotion/relegation playoffs is Monday.
Cameron Carter-Vickers
(Ipswich Town, 20). Just extended contract with Spurs.
Eric Lichaj (Nott. Forest, 29). Retained for 2018-19 Championship season.
Matt Miazga (Vitesse, 22). Another solid season on loan to Vitesse.
Shaq Moore (Levante, 21). Has dressed only once since January.
Erik Palmer-Brown (Kortrijk, 21). Started five games in Jupiler postseason.
Tim Parker (NY Red Bulls, 25). Attended January camp, then traded from Vancouver.
Antonee Robinson (Bolton Wanderers, 20), Hopes to break in at Everton next season.
Jorge Villafana (Santos Laguna, 28). On bench for first leg of Clausura final.
Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union, 19). Started every MLS game for Union.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United, 24). Played in 34 of 38 EPL games.

Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas, 22). Missed first two camps of the year.
Tyler Adams
(NY Red Bulls, 19). At 19, already a fixture on starting XI.
Marky Delgado
(Toronto FC, 23). One of the most influential TFC players in CCL.
Weston McKennie (Schalke 04, 19). Headed to Champions League next season.

Darlington Nagbe (Atlanta United, 27). Has settled in very nicely with Five Stripes.
Keaton Parks (Benfica, 20). Already made four first-team appearances for Primeira Liga runner-up.
Christian Pulisic (Bor. Dortmund, 19). Will enter camp after BVB friendly at LAFC.
Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders, 22). Carrying heavy loan for struggling Sounders.
Kenny Saief (Anderlecht, 24). Injured in last game but expected to play Sunday.
Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew, 25). Captained USA for last two games.
Tim Weah (Paris SG, 19). Dresses a lot but hasn't played for PSG since March.

Dom Dwyer (Orlando City, 27). Missed Friday's match at Toronto with back problem.

Andrija Novakovich (Telstar, 21). Finished with 22 goals in all Dutch competitions.
Rubio Rubin (Tijuana, 22). Played eight games after arriving in late January.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen, 18). Should get chance at Bremen next season.
Bobby Wood (Hamburg, 25). Red card in Bundesliga finale capped miserable season.
Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew, 26). Leads MLS with eight goals.

11 comments about "USMNT: Youth should be well served for three-game series".
  1. Bob Ashpole, May 19, 2018 at 7:12 a.m.

    "In better circumstances" the MNT would have had a new coach this year. USSF has no sense of urgency. 2018 could have been an extra year of preparation for 2022. Instead, 2018 has been spent on hold for the MNT. 

    When other nations are progressing, standing still is falling behind.

  2. Richard T. Lynch, May 19, 2018 at 7:33 a.m.

    Like this group.  Seriously, what "veterans", who will be in their 20's in 2022, are we missing?  Don't need to carry a bunch of tired, jaded 30-somethings to Qatar.  Go with youth, the good ones in this bunch and the yet-to-be discovered kids over the next four years.  Personally, I would rather see us struggle a bit with a young team in 2022 which will set us up for a good run here in the US in 2026 (when Pulisic will be prime at age 26).  

  3. Boris Kressevich replied, May 19, 2018 at 7:14 p.m.

     The above is an excellent group I played that we have. No more veterans!

  4. Boris Kressevich replied, May 19, 2018 at 7:16 p.m.

    Correction: players --- played.

  5. Boris Kressevich replied, May 19, 2018 at 7:19 p.m.

    "Of players"

  6. Kevin Leahy, May 19, 2018 at 7:59 a.m.

    I agree with you Bob. It is time to get moving. It should not be that difficult!

  7. beautiful game, May 19, 2018 at 4:36 p.m.

    USSF in comatose mode in their NT coach selection. Every player listed should get a chance to domonstrate  their metal to the team effort. If they don't make the grade, drop them and follow their club process for potential recall. otherwise, forget the revolving door fiasco.

  8. humble 1, May 20, 2018 at 9:52 a.m.

    No continuity with this approach.  Friendlies are not timenor place to ‘reveal’ or ‘discover’ talent.  This should already be done.  Oponents often do not bring ‘A’ team and intensity, espcially defense is not what it is in games that count.  Friendlies are time to incorporate new candidates into the first team.  You need a core of vets.  Otherwise you accomplish nothing to advance the ‘team’ next real game.  This is just common soccer sense.  

  9. beautiful game replied, May 20, 2018 at 11:21 a.m.

    Good point humble1; but, the coach needs to decide whether the player brings his A1 game to the "friendly" table...anything short of that is an indication that the talent is not there or the players mentality on the pitch is a disqualifying factor.

  10. Wooden Ships replied, May 20, 2018 at 3:21 p.m.

    humble, continuity with the MNT, is a real stretch (irony) in your argument. Like beautiful game, this would largely be true if we had that core you describe. We are in limbo and until a new manager is selected bring in the future. I’m afraid some of the players you might be referring to, have been the principle reason why we didn’t qualify. This has been building/brewing since shortly after South Africa. And, I’m not talking about the supposed lost generation.

  11. Bob Ashpole replied, May 20, 2018 at 3:27 p.m.

    Glad you said it, WS. I probably would have wrote twice as much and said less. :)

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