The USA continues its preparations for the Gold Cup on Sunday when it faces Venezuela in its second and final tuneup in Cincinnati. USMNT
Venezuela (friendly) at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio June 18:
Guyana (Gold Cup) at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minn. June
Trinidad & Tobago (Gold Cup) at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio June 26:
Panama (Gold Cup) at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. June
Quarterfinal (Gold Cup, if necessary) at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. July 3:
Semifinal (Gold Cup, if necessary) at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn.
Final (Gold Cup, if necessary) at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill.
Coming off a very poor showing in the 1-0 loss to Jamaica on Wednesday, the USA will be looked upon to put
on a better performance.
On Saturday, Coach Gregg Berhalter
said the goal will be to create more goal-scoring chances -- the USA has only one shot on goal against Jamaica -- and
maintain stability in the back. Berhalter's bottom line:
It's all about building his players up and shaping the team for the
start of the Gold Cup, which is still nine days away.
That's means no Tyler Adams
, who has yet to arrive in camp, that means no Christian Pulisic
, who just arrived in camp
this week and has been doing individual training, that means no Michael Bradley
, who is recovering from a hamstring injury and the same for Jonathan Lewis
will play for the first time since 2017 though less than 90 minutes, and he will give "limited minutes" to Tyler Boyd
, who filed a switch of association after starting his
international career with New Zealand and whom Berhalter is high on for his ability to get down the wing and his ability to finish.
"We're going to continue to progress this group,"
Berhalter said. "You will see a more representative of what could be a potential lineup. We know we're still missing some players, and that's fine. The whole idea of these two games was to build the
team. We came in with an Olympic/national team group. We transitioned into more of a national team group, and now we're getting more of the Gold Cup group prepared. It's not going to be our end
lineup, but you have to deal with these things as they come." Berhalter on La Vinotinto:
"We see Venezuela having a mix between
some decent high pressure that we are going to have to be prepared to play through. They have good counterattacking speed on the wings. And they have a very good striker." DYK.
The USA is unbeaten with a 3-0-2 record in five matches against Venezuela. U.S. Roster: GOALKEEPERS (3):
12-Sean Johnson (NYCFC; 7/0), 22-Tyler Miller (LAFC; 0/0), 1-Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew; 9/0) DEFENDERS (8):
Adams (RB Leipzig/GER; 10/1), 3-Omar Gonzalez (Atlas/MEX; 50/3), 2-Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 3/0), 23-Aaron Long (NY Red Bulls; 5/0), 16-Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact/CAN; 4/0), 19-Matt Miazga
(Chelsea/ENG; 13/1), 13-Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 29/1), 5-Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 6/2) MIDFIELDERS (6):
4-Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 145/17), 20-Duane Holmes (Derby County/ENG; 1/0),
8-Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 8/1), 10-Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 25/10), 15-Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 10/0), 6-Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; 16/0) FORWARDS (6):
Altidore (Toronto FC; 110/41), 7-Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 22/3), 21-Tyler Boyd (Vitoria Guimaeres/POR; 0/0), 18-Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids; 4/0), 11-Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders; 27/5),
9-Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew; 44/7). Note:
In parentheses are caps and goals.