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Berhalter calls up his young USMNT squad for El Salvador game

Wed 02 December 2020 | 5:36

It will be the United States national team’s third match in the month, with a squad mostly based on MLS.

Brenden Aaronson

Efrain Alvarez

, and 

Mark McKenzie

 headline the U.S. men's national team roster in an MLS-based squad with an average age of 22 years and 201 days old.

USMNT will face El Salvador on December 9

th

 in 

Fort Lauderdale

, David Beckham’s Inter Miami’s stadium.

USMNT’s last two matches were a 0-0 draw with wales and a 6-2 victory against Panama with an almost completely European-based squad. 

LA Galaxy

’s 

Sebastian Lletget

 is the only player from that roster, to join up with the team for the upcoming match against 

El Salvador

, as the game will be held outside of a FIFA international window, with 

Benfica

’s goalkeeper, 

CJ Dos Santos

, the only player to join the squad from Europe.

“Since returning to the field, the focus has been on continuing to build on our foundation and preparing the team for important competitions in 2021,”

 head coach 

Gregg Berhalter

 said

. “We have utilized these opportunities to work with our core group while evaluating young talent in an effort to strengthen our overall player pool.”

fifteen players in Berhalter’s squad are eligible to participate in the 2021 Summer Olympics, with nine aged under 20. It’s also the first call-up for these nine players.

Fellow newcomers include Orlando City attackers Daryl Dike and Chris Mueller, Toronto FC striker Ayo Akinola, FC Cincinnati midfielder Frankie Amaya, Colorado Rapids midfielder Cole Bassett, Real Salt Lake goalkeeper David Ochoa and defenders Julian Araujo, Kyle Duncan and Marco Farfan of the LA Galaxy, New York Red Bulls, and Portland Timbers, respectively.

 

USMNT’s squad for the El Salvador Game:

 

GOALKEEPERS

: CJ Dos Santos (Benfica), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS

: Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy), Kyle Duncan (New York Red Bulls), Marco Farfan (Portland Timbers), Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union), Mauricio Pineda (Chicago Fire), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC)

MIDFIELDERS

: Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union), Kellyn Acosta (Colorado Rapids), Frankie Amaya (FC Cincinnati), Cole Bassett (Colorado Rapids), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy)

FORWARDS

: Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC), Efrain Alvarez (LA Galaxy), Paul Arriola (D.C. United), Daryl Dike (Orlando City SC), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire), Chris Mueller (Orlando City SC)

 

 


source: SportMob
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