USMNT: Provisional list for Concacaf Nations League gives glimpse of pecking order

Concacaf's release of the 40-man provisional rosters for the Concacaf Nations League finals June 3-6 gives a glimpse of how U.S. national team coach Gregg Berhalter sees his squad.

The squad underscores how much talent is coming through in Europe, where 27 of the 40 players play. The squad for matches against Honduras in the semifinal and Costa Rica or Mexico in the final or third-place game is expected to be dominated by European-based players who will then go off on summer vacation and miss the Gold Cup in July.

It also includes many players who have been introduced into the team in the last 16 months. Thirteen players earned their first caps for the USA in 2020 or 2021.

The lone uncapped player in the group is Real Salt Lake goalkeeper David Ochoa. He is one of only three players from the U.S. U-23 team that failed to qualify for the Olympics in the group. The others are Colorado Rapids defender Sam Vines and San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Jackson Yueill. Twenty other players on the provisional list, however, were young enough to play for the USA as U-23 players.

Not on the provisional list are Michael Bradley or Jozy Altidore, among 10 players from the 2019 Gold Cup roster not included.

U.S. provisional roster
Goalkeepers (5):
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Belgium, 25)
Sean Johnson (New York City FC, 31)
David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake, 20)
Zack Steffen (Manchester City, England, 26)
Matt Turner (New England Revolution, 26)

Outside backs (6):
Reggie Cannon (Boavista, Portugal, 22)
Sergino Dest (Barcelona, Spain, 20)
Bryan Reynolds (Roma, Italy, 19)
Antonee Robinson (Fulham, England, 23)
Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids, 21)
DeAndre Yedlin (Galatasaray, Turkey, 27)

Center backs (8):
John Brooks (Wolfsburg, Germany, 28)
Aaron Long (NY Red Bulls, 28)
Mark McKenzie (Genk, Belgium, 22)
Matt Miazga (Anderlecht, Belgium, 25)
Tim Ream (Fulham, England, 33)
Chris Richards (Hoffenheim, Germany, 21)
Miles Robinson (Atlanta United, 24)
Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC, 27)

Midfielders (9):
Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig, Germany, 22)
Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids, 25)
Luca de la Torre (Heracles, Netherlands, 22)
Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy, 28)
Weston McKennie (Juventus, Italy, 22)
Yunus Musah (Valencia, Spain, 18)
Owen Otasowie (Wolves, England, 20)
Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders, 25)
Jackson Yueill (San Jose Earthquakes, 24)

Wingers (7):
Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg, Austria, 20)
Paul Arriola (D.C. United, 26)
Tyler Boyd (Sivasspor, Turkey, 26)
Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona, Spain, 19)
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea, England, 22)
Giovanni Reyna (Borussia Dortmund, Germany, 18)
Tim Weah (Lille, France, 21)

Forwards (5):
Daryl Dike (Barnsley, England, 20)
Nicholas Gioacchini (Caen, France, 20)
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen, Germany, 21)
Jordan Siebatcheu (Young Boys, Switzerland, 25)
Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew, 29)

4 comments about "USMNT: Provisional list for Concacaf Nations League gives glimpse of pecking order".
  1. Peter Bechtold, May 11, 2021 at 12:12 p.m.

    Looks about right. Who might be missing ? I nominate Eryk Williamson from Portland Timbers. He is improving all the time  and without him the two Diegos(Valeri+Charra) would struggle much more.

  2. Kent James, May 11, 2021 at 12:37 p.m.

    It's a young roster, but deservedly so.  Let's hope the loads of talent we now have can gel into a coherent and successful team.  

  3. Seth Vieux, May 11, 2021 at 2:01 p.m.

    Peter for whatever reason he just doesn't seem to rate. Not making the Olympic Qualifying roster should have been all the evidence needed to assume he had zero chance of making this roster (and I think he definitely should have been on the Olympic Qualifying roster and might have made a difference).

    Certainly no significant issues with this roster from my standpoint with the possible exception of Boyd, though my guess is he's got no chance of playing in these matches. Happy to see both Horvath and Ochoa in camp, despite Ochoa's major blunder I see a kid with a big future and will always be rooting for Horvath to be given more chances for club and country.

    Siebatcheu scored again today, an interesting prospect for sure along with Dike.

    My preferred XI when it matters most:
    Pulisic - Weah - Reyna
    McKennie - Adams - Musah
    Robinson - Brooks - Richards - Dest

  4. Stan Meihaus, May 11, 2021 at 2:31 p.m.

    Not a fan of either Robinson or Cannon. Robinson's club just got relegated in the EPL and Cannon thinks a lot of himself playing for a second division team in Portugal. Neither is a good on the ball defender and Robinson is a straight-up possession liability. We need to dig a little deeper for outside defenders.

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