Dest played for the USA at the Under-20 World Cup alongside 19-year-old Paxton Pomykal, who emerged this season as the leader of the FC Dallas midfield. He has two goals and five assists in 20 appearances in 2019 after playing just 265 minutes his first two seasons.
Berhalter: “Paxton is a guy we want to bring around to see the environment, get this experience. This is his first real professional season and I think the physicality of the MLS has at times taken its toll on him, but he's coming back and rebounded in a good way. We like what he’s been doing in the league, we still think he has a way to go to continue his development. We thought this was an opportunity to bring a guy around in the national team environment and see how he copes with the senior national team.”
In his third season in MLS, 22-year-old Miles Robinson is starting for the first time for Atlanta United and been excellent all season. He was named to the provisional roster for the Gold Cup but was not called into the pre-tournament camp in Annapolis, Maryland. With Matt Miazga injured, it became an easy decision to bring Robinson, a Generation adidas signing out of Syracuse in 2017, into camp as the fourth center back.
Berhalter: “Form pushed Miles into the team. He’s in great form. He’s played exceptionally over last month and a half. He’s earned it. I like nothing more than calling in players who have earned a spot by playing really well. He helped his team win the Campeones Cup. They just won the U.S. Open Cup. His team is first in the MLS East. What more can you ask for?”
GOALKEEPERS (4): Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas; 0/0), Brad Guzan (Atlanta United; 60/0), Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 8/0), Zack Steffen (Fortuna Düsseldorf/GER; 15/0)
DEFENDERS (9): John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 37/3), Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 6/0), Sergino Dest (Ajax/NED; 0/0), Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 7/0), Aaron Long (NY Red Bulls; 11/2), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact/CAN; 8/0) Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 35/1), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United; 0/0), Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 10/2)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 9/2), Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 14/3), Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Düsseldorf/GER; 13/0), Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas; 0/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 15/0), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew; 19/0), Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; 1/0)
FORWARDS (6): Corey Baird (Real Salt Lake; 3/0), Tyler Boyd (Besiktas/TUR; 5/2), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders; 33/5), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 31/13), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 7/2), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew; 51/10)
Note: In parentheses are caps and goals.