U.S. men's roster: Llanez, Ferreira, Araujo among players picked for camp in Qatar

U.S. men’s national Team head coach Gregg Berhalter has called in 25 players to participate in a three-week camp, beginning Sunday at the Aspire Academy in Doha, Qatar, that will be followed by a game against Costa Rica Feb. 1 in Carson, Calif.

The squad includes 2019 U.S. U-20 World Cup players Uly Llanez and Julian Araujo (photo), FC Dallas forward Jesus Ferreira, who recently received his U.S. citizenship, as well as 2019 U.S. U-17 World Cup midfielder Bryang Kayo.



Hobro midfielder Christian Cappis and Llanez, who is in his first season at Wolfsburg's U-19s, are the two European-based players picked, joining 22 MLS players on the 25-player squad. Kayo is the 25th player.

Fourteen players are age-eligible for participation in the 2020 Concacaf Olympic qualifying in March, and 12 are uncapped. Llanez, Araujo and Kayo are also eligible for the 2021 U-20 World Cup for which the USA will take part in qualifying this summer.

The squad includes Bill Hamid, who was called up for the first time since Berhalter took over as national team coach a year ago.

The only starters from the 4-1 win over Canada in the Concacaf Nations League last month called up were Aaron Long, Jackson Yueill, Sebastian Lletget, Paul Arriola, Gyasi Zardes and Jordan Morris. Walker Zimmerman, Cristian Roldan, Long, Arriola and Zardes are the only starters from the all-MLS team that beat Costa Rica to end Berhalter's first January camp at the beginning of the year.

“At the start of an exciting year, this is a great opportunity to continue our process and build on the foundation established in the last 12 months,” Berhalter said. “At the same, there are a number of players getting their first exposure to the senior national team who will be provided the platform to make a positive impression. We appreciate all the support and cooperation from MLS and the clubs that released their players and gave us a chance to get a head start on the challenges ahead.”

Since the camp is outside a FIFA window, clubs -- including MLS clubs -- aren't required to release players. Five MLS teams are allowed to open preseason camp early because of their participation in the 2020 Concacaf Champions League.

USA Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (4):
Bill Hamid (D.C. United; 6/0)
Sean Johnson (NYCFC; 8/0)
*JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0)
Matt Turner (New England Revolution; 0/0)

DEFENDERS (8): 
*Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy; 0/0)
*Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 10/0)
Chase Gasper (Minnesota United; 0/0)
*Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; 0/0)
Aaron Long (NY Red Bulls; 16/3)
*Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; 0/0)
*Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids; 0/0)
Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 11/2)

MIDFIELDERS (7):
*Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union; 0/0)
*Christian Cappis (Hobro/DEN; 0/0)
*Bryang Kayo (Unattached; 0/0)
Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 13/2)
*Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas; 1/0)
Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 19/0)
*Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; 6/0)

FORWARDS (6):
Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 32/5)
*Jesus Ferreira (FC Dallas; 0/0)
*Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids; 5/0)
*Uly Llanez (Wolfsburg/GER; 0/0)
Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders; 39/10)
Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew; 55/12)
*Under-23 player.

Photo by Bob Kupbens/Icon Sportswire

8 comments about "U.S. men's roster: Llanez, Ferreira, Araujo among players picked for camp in Qatar".
  1. Mark Buckley, December 30, 2019 at 3:53 p.m.

    I'm glad someone finally told the mananger about this unknown goalie, Bill Hamid.

  2. Ben Myers, December 30, 2019 at 4:14 p.m.

    No Bradley.  No Altidore.  Good!  Time to move on.  This team is a step in the right direction, though absent ALL but two of the players playing in Europe.  Not so good!  Too many MLS players.  If this team falls on its butt, it's time for a USMNT coach who understands that even the European second divisions in the big 5 and the first divisions of lesser countries afford a far better style of play and better conditioned athletes than MLS.

  3. Todd Knox replied, December 30, 2019 at 6:26 p.m.

    No Bradley or Altidore isn't any indication of their standing in the team.  

    Also realize that other than the occasional player in a Scandinavian league, it's the norm for there to be virtually no Euro based players in January camp.  The majority of Euro leagues are in season.


  4. Alvaro Bettucchi, December 30, 2019 at 6:32 p.m.

    Maybe I am a loner, but no LIMA of the San Jose Earthquakes? I have yet to see a better attacking fullback, able to take his place.

  5. Vince Leone replied, January 10, 2020 at 10:54 p.m.

    Well, Nick pretty much lost his starting spot on the Quakes to Tommy Thompson. It was somewhat amusing to see Nick play for the Nats while sitting on the bench for the Quakes.

  6. Alvaro Bettucchi, December 30, 2019 at 6:34 p.m.

    35521
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  7. Bob Ashpole, December 31, 2019 at 12:36 a.m.

    Why spend money to travel to Qatar? The camp's match is in California!

  8. Albert Harris replied, December 31, 2019 at 1:17 p.m.

    I was wondering that too. If we had a dozen or so European based players coming to the camp, I could see it, but not for 2 players in youth teams. I'm guessing money changed hands and the heck with the players needing to cross 7 time zones to get there and back

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