The U.S. men's national team began training
camp on Monday for Thursday's match against Ecuador at Orlando City Stadium.
There were a few stragglers arriving late from Sunday club duty, but most of the players were already in camp, the first with a full allotment of players since Gregg Berhalter was hired as head coach.
How the foreign-based players would slot into the team has been a matter of speculation following Berhalter's first camp in January, where he introduced his plans for the USA's style of play and attacking principles.
On a media call following the release of the 24-player squad, Berhalter was asked about what he had in mind for the U.S. team's two most influential young players, Christian Pulisic and Tyler Adams.
Pulisic has played mostly on the wing for Borussia Dortmund, but Berhalter was direct in his plans for the 20-year-old Pennsylvania: “In this camp, we’re going to look at him as the No. 10. As the No. 10 slanted to the left. We played with two No. 10s last camp, we’re going to do the same this camp."
As far as Adams, who has been the linchpin of the RB Leipizg midfield in a defensive role, Berhalter was less definitive saying he saw the 20-year-old Red Bulls product as a right back tucked in or in central midfield.
But on Monday after practice, Berhalter told reporters what has been suspected -- that he will indeed use Adams in the hybrid right back/central midfield role Nick Lima played in the friendlies against Panama and Costa Rica, and DeAndre Yedlin, the No. 1 right back for most of the last four years, will be used as a winger.
Yedlin, who starts as right back for Newcastle United in the EPL, was a right back in MLS with the Seattle Sounders but came off the bench and played on the right wing in his World Cup debut, helping set up the Clint Dempsey goal in the 2-2 tie with Portugal in 2014.
Yedlin will face competition on the right wing. Corey Baird started on the right side in the wins over Panama and Costa Rica, Paul Arriola started against Costa Rica on the left wing but is a natural right winger, while Jordan Morris has been playing on the right wing for the Seattle Sounders.
Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas; 0/-)
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, BEL; 3/-)
Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 6/-)
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)
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)
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)