USMNT Roster: Pulisic is one of four teenagers called in for Bolivia game

With three games over the next three weeks -- two in Europe -- U.S. national team coach Dave Sarachan  called up a team dominated by foreign-based players for the opening match May 28 against Bolivia in Chester, Pa.

The match doesn't fall on an international fixture date so MLS clubs are not obligated to release players. They are in action until June 13 after which the league will take a short break for the World Cup.

Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic is set to play his first game since the USA was eliminated from the World Cup and will be playing in his first international in his home state. Jorge Villafana and Pulisic, who hails from Hershey, Pa., are the only players called in who were the USA when it lost to Trinidad & Tobago, 2-1, on Oct. 10.

Pulisic, , is one of four teenagers called in. The others are Weston McKennie, Tim Weah and Josh Sargent. Four other players are only 20.

Sargent is among seven uncapped players Sarachan has brought in for the first game. The others are Alex Bono, Erik Palmer-Brown, Matthew Olosunde, Antonee Robinson, Alejandro Guido and Keaton Parks.

"We've had first-time call-ups in every camp since November," said Sarachan, "and this is another extension of that. We're going into the Bolivia game with newer faces along with a few familiar players as well. Overall, these types of games provide great chances for players to bank key minutes in international matches."

Bono, who plays for Toronto FC, and LAFC's Walker Zimmerman are the only MLS players called.

Other MLS players as well as a few European-based players are expected to join the team for games against Ireland on June 2 in Dublin and France on June 9 in Decines.

U.S. Roster:
Alex Bono (Toronto FC; 0/0)
Bill Hamid (FC Midtjylland/DEN; 5/0)
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 2/0)
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham/ENG; 2/0)
Eric Lichaj (Nott. Forest/ENG; 14/1)
Matt Miazga (Vitesse/NED; 5/1)
Matthew Olosunde (Man. United/ENG; 0/0)
Erik Palmer-Brown (Man. City/ENG; 0/0)
Antonee Robinson (Everton/ENG; 0/0)
Jorge Villafana (Santos Laguna/MEX; 16/0)
Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 2/0)
Joe Corona (Club America/MEX; 20/3)
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland/ENG; 3/0)
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth/GER; 8/3)
Alejandro Guido (Tijuana/MEX; 0/0)
Weston McKennie (Schalke 04/GER; 1/1)
Keaton Parks (Benfica/POR; 0/0)
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 20/9)
Rubio Rubin (Tijuana/MEX; 5/0)
Tim Weah (Paris SG/FRA; 1/0)
Andrija Novakovich (Reading/ENG; 1/0)
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 0/0)

4 comments about "USMNT Roster: Pulisic is one of four teenagers called in for Bolivia game".
  1. Bob Ashpole, May 21, 2018 at 2:04 a.m.

    Why not simply designate these games and camp for a U23 team. Olympic qualifying is next year. (How time flies!) 

    Any way, that might explain why such a young group was called up.

  2. PARIS DJON replied, May 21, 2018 at 8:03 a.m.


  3. Wooden Ships replied, May 21, 2018 at 11:20 a.m.

    Good idea Bob. For those that are still believers in some of the vet core, this would negate their argument. Won’t happen, not with Sarachan anyway. 

  4. Boris Kressevich, May 22, 2018 at 7:14 p.m.

     The above roster represents the team of the future. They are good enough right now.  Most of the veterans are no longer much good.

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