U.S. men's national team Gregg
Berhalter called in 24 players for the first camp where he will have a full selection of players.
The March international break is the first window on the FIFA calendar since he took charge, and he has brought in nine foreign-based players -- eight in Europe and one in Mexico -- plus 14 players who took part in the January camp. The 24th player is Jordan Morris, who has returned to action after missing the 2018 MLS season with the Seattle Sounders because of a knee injury.
Players will begin gathering on Sunday in Orlando for the match against Ecuador on March 21 at Orlando City Stadium, then five days later against defending South American champion Chile on March 26 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, BEL; 3/0)
Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 6/0)
Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew; 8/0)
Steffen, the current No. 1, and Johnson played in the winter friendlies. Horvath regained the starting job at Club Brugge last fall and his season has included play in both the UEFA Champions League and Europa League. There was no place for either Bill Hamid, who said in January he was better than the goalkeepers Berhalter picked for the Chula Vista camp, or veteran Brad Guzan whom he also said he was better than.
John Brooks (Wolfsburg, GER; 36/3)
Omar Gonzalez (Atlas, MEX; 48/3)
Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 2/0)
Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 4/0)
Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact; 2/0)
Matt Miazga (Reading, ENG; 11/1)
Tim Ream (Fulham, ENG; 26/1)
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United, ENG; 57/0)
With his full allotment of players, Berhalter has brought in Brooks and Miazga from Europe and Gonzalez from Mexico. Gonzalez, who has not played for the USA since giving up the own goal in the 2-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago in 2017, has been starting all season for Atlas. Gonzalez and Berhalter go back together to the days of the LA Galaxy when Gonzalez was starting his career and Berhalter, his mentor, was finishing up. Ream and Yedlin, who start in the EPL, are the other foreign-based players in the backline corps. The only starting defender from the two January matches not in the March camp is LAFC's Walker Zimmerman.
Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig, GER; 9/1)
Michael Bradley (Toronto FC; 143/17)
Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 7/2)
Weston McKennie (Schalke, GER; 7/1)
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund, GER; 23/9)
Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 7/0)
Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 13/0)
Barring injuries, Adams, McKennie and Pulisic, the three 20-year-olds from the Bundesliga, will get a chance to start together on the national team for the first time. Last May, when Pulisic came in for the USA-Bolivia game in Philadelphia, McKennie played but Adams was held out. Last September, Pulisic was injured and last October McKennie and Pulisic were both out. They briefly played together at the end of the England game in November. The other four midfielders are all holdovers from the January camp. The only midfield starter from the wins over Panama and Costa Rica not recalled was Djordje Mihailovic.
Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 19/3)
Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake; 2/0)
Jonathan Lewis (New York City FC; 2/0)
Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders; 25/5)
Christian Ramirez (LAFC; 2/1)
Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew; 42/6)
Besides Morris, the other five players brought in for the three spots up front are all January campers from MLS. Morris and Zardes both have braces in MLS's first two weeks, while Arriola and Ramirez also have goals. Probably the only surprise in Berhalter's choices is the absence of teenagers Josh Sargent and Tim Weah, though they've played a combined 12 minutes in March. Both the U.S. U-23s and U-20s will have matches in March in Europe, and Sargent and Weah are eligible for both teams.
The matches against Ecuador and Chile are the only ones Berhalter will have before he has to decide whom to pick for the Gold Cup in June and they come after he traveled to Europe to meet with players.
“We have laid a lot of ground work in preparation for this camp," he said. "It entailed meeting with the players, video conferences with the players, conversations with the players, evaluating their games ... it’s a very important time period to keep working and be productive. We’ve used that time to meet the players and communicate what we’re looking to do in the next camp.”
Unlike the January camp, where Berhalter had three weeks to work with his players, he will have two full days with his new squad before the Ecuador game.