Ten uncapped players included in USMNT squad for November friendlies

The U.S. squad for the Nov. 12 game against Wales and a second friendly against Panama four days later in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, is one of the youngest the USA has ever been assembled.

U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter picked 24 players, 19 age-eligible for the 2021 Summer Olympics and 14 who are 20 or younger.

The squad includes all the USA's top young stars at some of Europe's top clubs: Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig), Weston McKennie (Juventus), Sergino Dest (Barcelona) and Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund).

“It is a young group with a tremendous amount of talent," said Berhalter. "It gives you a lot of optimism, how they’ve been performing at such a young age. It will be great for us to get our hands on them and start forming the team and carrying on from where we were, integrating some of those young players."

Pulisic (hamstring) and Adams (knee) have both been injured but are included in the team.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said Pulisic's injury was not as serious as it was feared and he might return to action this weekend. Adams was cleared to return to action last weekend but did not dress for RB Leipzig.

Reyna, 17, is one of 10 uncapped players.

Goalkeeper Chituru Odunze, who played with Reyna on the 2019 U.S. U-17 World Cup team, is only 18, and Valencia midfielder Yunus Musah, who was born in New York, is only 17.

Chris Richards, Konrad de la Fuente, Richie Ledezma and Sebastian Soto all played for the USA at the 2019 U-20 World Cup along with Tim Weah, who was first capped, in 2018, and Dest.

The other uncapped players are Johnny Cardoso, Nicholas Gioacchini and Owen Otasowie, who have spent most of their lives abroad.

U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge/BEL; 4/0), Chituru Odunze (Leicester City/ENG; 0/0), Zack Steffen (Manchester City/ENG; 17/0)
DEFENDERS (7): John Brooks (Wolfsburg/GER; 38/3), Reggie Cannon (Boavista/POR; 10/0), Sergiño Dest (Barcelona/ESP; 3/0), Matt Miazga (Anderlecht/BEL; 18/1), Tim Ream (Fulham/ENG; 40/1), Chris Richards (Bayern Munich/GER; 0/0), Antonee Robinson (Fulham/ENG; 7/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig/GER; 10/1), Johnny Cardoso (Internacional/BRA); 0/0), Richard Ledezma (PSV Eindhoven/NED; 0/0), Weston McKennie (Juventus/ITA; 19/6), Yunus Musah (Valencia/ESP; 0/0), Owen Otasowie (Wolverhampton/ENG; 0/0)
FORWARDS (8): Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona/ESP; 0/0), Nicholas Gioacchini (Caen/FRA; 0/0), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea/ENG; 34/14), Uly Llanez (Heerenveen/NED; 1/1), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund/GER; 0/0), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen/GER; 12/5), Sebastian Soto (Telstar/NED; 0/0), Tim Weah (Lille/FRA; 8/1)

8 comments about "Ten uncapped players included in USMNT squad for November friendlies".
  1. Bob Ashpole, November 4, 2020 at 7:49 a.m.

    I can't remember the USMNT fielding a team so young since 1990 largely amateur teams.

    Will this be a situation where new players repeat the old style of play?

  2. Ben Myers, November 4, 2020 at 8:10 a.m.

    This is also a squad of players based entirely in Europe, more or less as it should be.  Selecting players from European clubs makes it way easier for the squad to get in some meaningful training before the matches with Wales and Panama. These matches will give us a much better idea of the USMNT for the long haul, and I would not be surprised if the squad imposes a more controlled style of play on Berhalter, instead of long ball boot-and-run, which is pretty much what we've seen over the years.  Let's hope for good results.

  3. frank schoon replied, November 4, 2020 at 10:59 a.m.

    Ben ,  unfortunately we'll see mostly long ball boot-and-run style for our US style of soccer does not produce players who are good in small spaces which has never a salient in our soccer. And you would think so not that we have such a large hispanic community that plays socccer...

    I would say watch Ziyech of Chelsea. Frank Lampard got him to bring in the reigns of long ball attack and running to a more control ball movement type of game. This is the type of player we need on the NT to begin to play a more of a controlled game.

  4. Wooden Ships replied, November 4, 2020 at 11:38 a.m.

    Frank, I'd be very surprised if we play long ball. While we still lack some of the small space dribbling-passing abilities, this is the best collection of soft feeted players we've assembled. I look for a higher IQed positional game. I'm pleasantly surprised/optimistic with the selections. 

  5. frank schoon replied, November 4, 2020 at 11:43 a.m.

    Ships, we'll see how the boys will fare Nov.12. I'm kind interested to see how we'll play

  6. Bob Ashpole replied, November 4, 2020 at 7:41 p.m.

    I am just hoping for some sign of progress. There are times for a quick counter and times for finesse. So I am just hoping to see some positional play.

    If the players had all come from clubs playing a positional game, progress would be a lot more likely. I think the future path has to be 1 or 2 domestic clubs playing a positional game, especially to provide a core group of backs and mids to build on. 

  7. Goal Goal, November 4, 2020 at 8:34 p.m.

    We have some excellent young talent in Spain more than just one but they play ball control so we don't want to fool with that.

  8. R2 Dad, November 5, 2020 at 7:01 p.m.

    Anyone seen Henry Wingo of Molde, ex-Sounders academy player? Plays outside right back there. Molde just played Arsenal in Europa League....

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