USMNT: Sarachan makes changes for European trip

As expected, the USA made significant changes in its roster from the team that beat Bolivia, 3-0, on Monday night for the matches against Ireland on Saturday in Dublin and France on June 9 in Decines.

U.S. coach Dave Sarachan has brought in 10 new players -- four from MLS, six from teams in Europe and Mexico -- and released seven players, including Christian Pulisic, whose only appearance will have been his Pennsylvania homecoming against Bolivia.

Sarachan called up:

-- Goalkeepers Zack Steffen and William Yarbrough;
-- Defenders Shaq Moore, Tim Parker and DeAndre Yedlin;
-- Midfielders Tyler Adams, Luca de la Torre, Kenny Saief and Wil Trapp; and
-- Forward Bobby Wood.

Six of them -- Steffen, Yedlin, Adams, Saief, Trapp and Wood -- started in the 1-0 win over Paraguay in March

The seven players who departed:

-- Goalkeepers Alex Bono and Ethan Horvath;
-- Defenders Matt Olosunde and Walker Zimmerman; and
-- Midfielders Alejandro Guido, Lynden Gooch and Pulisic.

Only Horvath and Guido (who was injured) did not play against Bolivia.

Of the players who started in the 1-0 win over Paraguay, only Toronto FC midfielder Marky Delgado. He did not dress on Friday for TFC in its 1-0 loss to FC Dallas.

U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bill Hamid (FC Midtjylland/DEN; 5/0), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew; 2/0), William Yarbrough (Leon/MEX; 3/0).
DEFENDERS (9): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham/ENG; 2/0), Eric Lichaj (Nott. Forest/ENG; 15/1), Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG; 5/1), Shaq Moore (Levante/ESP; 0/0), Erik Palmer-Brown (Man. City/ENG; 1/0), Tim Parker (NY Red Bulls; 0/0), Antonee Robinson (Everton/ENG; 1/0), Jorge Villafana (Santos Laguna/MEX; 17/0), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United/ENG; 50/0).
MIDFIELDERS (10): Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls; 3/0), Joe Corona (Club America/MEX; 21/3), Luca de la Torre (Fulham/ENG; 0/0) Julian Green (VfB Stuttgart/GER; 9/3), Weston McKennie (Schalke 04/GER; 2/1), Keaton Parks (Benfica/POR; 1/0), Rubio Rubin (Tijuana/MEX; 6/0), Kenny Saief (Anderlecht/BEL; 2/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 4/0), Tim Weah (Paris SG/FRA; 2/1)
FORWARDS (3): Andrija Novakovich (Reading/ENG; 2/0), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 1/1), Bobby Wood (Hamburg/GER; 37/11).
7 comments about "USMNT: Sarachan makes changes for European trip".
  1. Kevin Leahy, May 29, 2018 at 5:56 p.m.

    Don't see the point in William Yarbrough. 

  2. Ric Fonseca replied, May 29, 2018 at 8:49 p.m.

    What, can't see the tree for the forest?

  3. beautiful game, May 29, 2018 at 10:32 p.m.

    Time to name the new NT coach before Sarachan does too much damage.

  4. Bob Ashpole replied, May 30, 2018 at 1:11 a.m.

    Sarachan is doing fine in a very difficult role. The team is not his to mold. I am not saying he should be the next coach,  but I am saying he has my respect for holding things together while USSF ponders.

  5. Wooden Ships replied, May 30, 2018 at 11:28 a.m.

    I agree with you Bob. Tough to be an interim anything, especially knowing your a long shot to get the position. I applaud his call ups and his reading of the US fan base to bring in mostly younger pro’s. The future USMNT has to forward without any of the other core-veteran players that failed to get us to Russia. Fair or not. We’ve had poor judgement and leadership on and off the pitch for several years. Optimistic, about the men’s national teams future if Earnie signs on. 

  6. frank schoon replied, May 30, 2018 at 8:52 p.m.

    It’s tough on Sarachan, considering the situation for he can’t do any long term planning. He should give all those American players as much experience as possible.

  7. Ric Fonseca, May 30, 2018 at 5:36 p.m.

    I agree with Bob A: Though I was very surprised to see Sarachan take over from BA, he has done an "OK" job given the circumstances.  My take is that the new US Soccer Head Honcho,wassisname?, Senhor Cordeiro, will wait until the WC is over and then he will hae some time to rest and ponder to select a new coach, a GM for US Soccer, and such.  So, my hat is off to Sarachan, you're doing OK, amigo, so it is full speed ahead Gridley!!!

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