Berhalter Calls 26 Players ahead of USA-Bosnia and Herzegovina on Dec. 18 in Carson, Calif.

Simply the Best (XI)

A pair of players secured a place in the 2021 MLS Best XI Championship, led by Defender of the Year for the second time in a row and Nashville SC Defender Walker Zimmerman. He was joined by goalkeeper of the year and New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner, who also received the Golden Glove as the best goalkeeper in the 2021 Gold Cup.

The return of the astute

Several veterans will lead the effort to achieve the United States’ 17th win in 2021. With 65 games played, forward Gyasi Zardes has the most experience of the eight players who have played over ten games. He is followed by Klein Acosta (44), Jordan Morris (39), Christian Roldan (29), Walker Zimmerman (22), Aaron Long (21), Jackson Yoel (15) and Matt Turner (12).

After an absence of nearly two years, midfielder Klein Acosta returned to USMNT during the rally last December and made 20 appearances in 2021, more than any other player in the team, a tie with Landon Donovan in most of the matches he played. The calendar year is 2002. The rally also marks the return of winger Jordan Morris, who has not been in the USMNT since his January rally before being loaned to Swansea City. His stint in the Premier League came short after he ruptured his left anterior cruciate ligament in a match on February 20, but he recovered in time to play two regular games and one in the MLS Cup with the Seattle Sounders.

on the horizon

Winter rallies have always been a window for those looking for an opportunity with the national team programmes, now and in the future. This time around, a total of seven players will make their first field as parts of the USMNT’s first-team roster: Taylor Booth, Caden Clark, Jonathan Gomez, Kobe Henry, Kevin Paredes, John Polskamp and Gabriel Slonina. In short, 12 players will have the opportunity to play their first match with the United States.

against Bosnia and Herzegovina

This will be the third match since the formation of the BiH Football Association in 1992. A hat-trick by Jozy Altidore and appearances by John Brooks, Aaron Johansson and Bobby Wood highlighted the USA’s 3-1 victory on 14 August 2013 in Sarajevo. . Most recently, teams headed to the field at the same venue to open the 2018 US schedule in a match in which goalkeeper Zach Stephen made his debut and contributed to the undefeated goal in a 0-0 draw.

in the stadium

Dignity Health Sports Park has frequently hosted USMNT games during gatherings in January, and the match against Bosnia and Herzegovina marks the 11th time these games have been played at Carson since 2004. It’s also the United States’ return to the field nearly two years later, the last time they’ve achieved The team is a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on February 1, 2020. Overall, the USMNT has a 12-2-3 record on the field, including 10 with an undefeated arc.

World Cup Qualifications – Winter Edition

The United States will have three crucial encounters during the winter window, beginning with a home game on January 27th against El Salvador. Three days later, the United States will cross the northern border to face Canada, then return home to conclude the three games against Honduras.

After eight matches in the final round of 14 Octagonal de la Concacaf matches, the team is on the right track. With a 2-1-3 record, the United States ranked second in the table. The top three teams will automatically qualify for Qatar in November 2022.

Impressively, the USMNT secured this position by using a group with little experience in the playoff. Aside from the 27 players who played their first playoff game, Berhalter named two starting groups that were the youngest 11 players to start playoff games in US history.

List notes

As of focus start on December 6, the average age of the 26-player roster is 23 years, 110 days, with 15 players 20 years old or younger.

The average number of matches played by the team was 10 matches and six in the official competition.

21 out of 26 players belong to 12 teams in MLS. Colorado Rapids lead with four picks, followed by FC Dallas (3), Atlanta United (2), New England Revolution (2), New York Red Bulls (2), San Jose Earthquakes (2), Seattle Sounders (2), Chicago. Fire (1), Columbus Crew (1), DC United (1), Nashville SC (1), Sporting Kansas City (1)

Defenders Jonathan Gomez (Louisville City) and Kobe Henry (Orange County) of USA FA complete the domestic group.

Three players join the USMNT Stadium from overseas teams: Defender Brian Reynolds (Roma), midfielder Johnny Cardoso (international), striker Taylor Booth (Bayern Munich II)

With 65 matches played, veteran striker Gyasi Zardes tops the list of eight players who have played more than ten matches. He is followed by Klein Acosta (44), Jordan Morris (39), Christian Roldan (29), Walker Zimmerman (22), Aaron Long (21), Jackson Yoel (15) and Matt Turner (12).

The December group marks the return of Jordan Morris, who has not been part of the USMNT since the January meeting before being loaned to Swansea. His stint in the Premier League came short after he ruptured his left anterior cruciate ligament in a match on February 20, but he recovered in time to play two regular games and one in the MLS Cup with the Seattle Sounders.

Brazil-based 20-year-old Johnny Cardoso is returning to the USMNT team for the first time since he played his first two matches during the November 2020 friendlies in Galicia and against Panama.

Six players were part of the USMNT roster for the November qualifiers: Clain Acosta, Jesus Ferreira, Ricardo Pepe, Christian Roldan, Matt Turner and Walker Zimmerman, while George Bello and Giace Zardes were part of the squad in October and Jackson Yoel was off the bench during the 4-1 win. in Honduras in September.

Seven players will be in the group for the first time: Taylor Booth, Caden Clark, Jonathan Gomez, Kobe Henry, Kevin Paredes, John Polskamp, ​​Gabriel Slonina.

Goalkeeper Matt Turner arrives after a stellar year for club and country, where he was called up 12 times by USMNT and was the goalkeeper during the 2021 Gold Cup, where he won the Golden Glove for being the goalkeeper of the tournament. Turner also helped the New England Revolution win their first supporters’ shield and was named MLS 2021 Goalkeeper of the Year and Best XI Award.

Defender Walker Zimmerman returns after being named MLS Defender of the Year for the second time in a row. The defender played 25 games and helped the Nashville FC playoffs again.

After an absence of nearly two years, midfielder Kellyn Acosta returned to USMNT Kellyn Acosta and returned to USMNT during Focus last December and added 20 games he played in 2021, more than any other player on the team that tied Landon Donovan in. Most games have been played during a calendar year since 2002.

12 players looking to make their December 18 debut against Bosnia and Herzegovina: Cole Bassett, Taylor Booth, Justin Che, Caden Clarke, Kid Quayle, Jonathan Gomez, Kobe Henry, Brooks Lennon, Kevin Paredes, John Polskamp, ​​Gabriel Slonina, Auston Trusty

After joining the group for the last time in January 2018, Atlanta United full-back Brooks Lennon was called up for the first time under Greg Berhalter.

Likewise, Colorado Rapids defender Auston Trostie was called up for the first time since January 2019.

Midfielder Cole Bassett and striker Cady Coyle were part of the group in January this year, while Justin Che was part of the squad during May’s focus in Switzerland.

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