USMNT: Berhalter picks 25-player squad for T&T friendly

USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter named 25 players -- nine from the senior national team camp and 16 who were training with the U-23s -- for next Sunday's game against Trinidad & Tobago in Orlando.

LAFC defender Tristan Blackmon was the third player to leave the senior team's camp in Bradenton when he suffered a concussion in training on Saturday. Goalkeeper Sean Johnson (minor knee strain) and forward Jordan Morris (loan move to Swansea City) left the camp earlier in the week.

The 11 U.S. U-23s who were not retained include four players from the squad Jason Kreis picked for 2020 Concacaf qualifying: defender Chris Gloster, midfielder Hassani Dotson and forwards Jeremy Ebobisse and Djordje Mihailovic.

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-- The group heading to Orlando features 10 uncapped players, including New England Revolution Matt Turner, the lone senior player who has not played internationally for the USA. The uncapped group includes two teenagers: 19-year-olds George Bello and Tanner Tessmann.

-- Orlando City, whose home stadium, Exploria Stadium, will be the venue for the T&T game, leads all teams with four players in the squad: Chris Mueller, who scored twice in his debut in the USA;s 6-0 win over El Salvador in December, and uncapped Benji Michel, Andres Perea and Daryl Dike.

U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3):
*Matt Freese (Philadelphia Union; 0/0)
*JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes; 0/0)
Matt Turner (New England Revolution; 0/0)

DEFENDERS (9):
*Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy; 1/0)
*George Bello (Atlanta United; 0/0)
*Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls; 1/0)
*Aaron Herrera (Real Salt Lake; 0/0),
Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 18/3)
*Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire; 0/0)
*Miles Robinson (Atlanta United; 2/0)
*Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids; 2/0)
Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC; 13/2)

MIDFIELDERS (7):
Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids; 24/2)
Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy; 17/4)
*Benji Michel (Orlando City; 0/0)
*Andrés Perea (Orlando City; 0/0)
Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders; 19/0)
*Tanner Tessmann (FC Dallas; 0/0)
*Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes; 8/0)

FORWARDS (6):
Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC; 115/42)
Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 34/6)
*Daryl Dike (Orlando City; 0/0)
*Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas; 1/0)
*Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids; 6/0)
Chris Mueller (Orlando City; 1/2)
*Eligible for U.S. U-23 team.
Note: In parentheses are caps and goals.
8 comments about "USMNT: Berhalter picks 25-player squad for T&T friendly".
  1. David Richardson, January 25, 2021 at 11:13 a.m.

    It's a friendly.  Why would Berhalter need to see Altidore in a match like this?  Shouldn't he be looking at the next generation?

  2. frank schoon replied, January 25, 2021 at 12:05 p.m.

    Good point. 

  3. Kent James replied, January 25, 2021 at 1:14 p.m.

    While it's a fair point, sometimes it's good to put some experience in a very young team.  He can also see how Jozy handles playing with the youngsters...

  4. Wooden Ships replied, January 25, 2021 at 5:40 p.m.

    His experience is moodiness and laziness. This is a prelude to his reinclusion for meaningful games later this year. That's my take and GB is mistaken.

  5. Bob Ashpole replied, January 26, 2021 at 12:19 a.m.

    Jozy is 31 and a big person. He only scored twice in 15 matches in 2020. This could just be a chance to see if Jozy has passed his best used by date.

  6. E Velazquez, January 25, 2021 at 8:17 p.m.

    GB still is a young coach lacking  experience and with it, skill and wisdom. Mr GB please, please do not play Altidore unless he has changed. He is too heavy, too slow with no vision to be a winner. He was better at 17 years old!

  7. Peter Bechtold replied, January 26, 2021 at 12:41 a.m.

    Correct about Jozy A. having been better as a 17-year old. I recall when he played in the EPL for a team desperate for goals: in 22 starts Jozy scored ONCE. His problem: he cannot read the game.

  8. beautiful game, January 25, 2021 at 11:24 p.m.

    JA should not have a spot on this team whether friendly's or otherwise. That spot should be for a deserving young and coming player. Minutes for the new crew will be wasted.

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